UKIP is generally treated as respectable and fairly mainstream, while the BNP is demonised. But is there really much difference between them? I decided to compare their policies and found that they were even more similar than I expected.
New research has drawn a direct link between prejudiced portrayals of Muslims in the media and an increase in anti-Muslim violence. Researchers from the University of Exeter say the press make some feel "licensed to abuse" Muslims.
Civil liberties campaigners, community leaders, progressive Muslims and commentators have expressed concern that the Home Secretary's ban on a hardline political Islamist organisation may prove counterproductive.
Recent years have seen a string of controversies relating to freedom of dress. Muslim headscarves, Christian crosses and Sikh bangles are just a few of the items to cause controversy. Given the importance of clothing and appearance to personal expression and religious identity, why do we not see a united campaign for freedom of dress?
France's main opposition party, the Socialists, have said that they will not support government plans to outlaw the wearing of certain forms of Islamic dress in public. The governing party has drafted plans to fine women for covering their faces.