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Can Pride and Prejudice work against white pride and racial prejudice? In sentencing a Nazi symapthiser, one judge thought so.
This week, a judge in Lincolnshire took a novel approach to countering a budding white supremacist by sentencing him to… the magic of reading.
Ben John, a 21-year-old Nazi sympathiser long identified as a terror risk, who had been writing anti-immigrant and homophobic letters before graduating to downloading instructions on how to build a bomb, was found guilty in August of possessing material likely to be useful for preparing an act of terror. The charge carries with it a potential 15-year prison sentence.
John missed out on jail time “by the skin of his teeth”. Instead, he’s been set homework of reading the great English canon — swapping out white-supremacist literature for the work of Jane Austen, William Shakespeare, Thomas Hardy and Charles Dickens.
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Tips and Murmurs Editor @theshufflediary
Charlie pens Crikey‘s daily Tips and Murmurs column and also writes on industrial relations, politics and culture. He previously worked across government and unions and was a researcher on RN’s Daily Planet. He hosted The Alternative History on Triple R, and is an occasional host on Breakfasters.