With the Daily Mail suggesting yesterday that the Vicky Price speeding points trial collapsed because the jury were black, the only public figure to back the paper has been, errrr, Nick Griffin:
Perhaps he would be a good fit for a column?
Thankfully, it’s not Scrapbook’s responsibility to watch hour-long Nick Griffin speeches. That burden falls to extremism analyst and academic Matthew Goodwin (@GoodwinMJ), who picks out some bizarre Griffinführer quotes from a speech given to activists in Coventry over the weekend.
“Yep, me and the kids ate road kill once.”
Attempts to secure a share of £335,000 European funding aren’t the only financial issues preoccupying Britain’s leading apologist for fascism:
“We are going to begin collecting scrap. Have you any idea of the price of copper?”
“Minivans really are very cheap”
“I would say, buy the time you put in fuel and get pork and chips it’s £100 an outing”
Indeed, he certainly leaves no stone unturned in looking for a solution to the party’s money problems:
“Every local branch should have an eBay officer”
And, naturally, he set aside some time for some good old fashioned racism:
“When things fall apart, when it’s just us and them, where are people going to get their minicabs from?”
You can read more over at Matthew Goodwin’s Twitter.
BNP leader, Nick Griffin, tweeted this picture of himself in Ukraine captioned “In centre of Kiev. Yankee cultural imperialism struts its stuff“. The country’s far-right Svoboda party, allied with the BNP, has been seen to make huge gains in elections this week.
Doubtless Nick will be meeting up with some of his fascist friends.
Asked about civil partnerships and gay marriage by Leeds Student, BNP leader Nick Griffin claims:
“Civil partnerships are a way of sliding towards marriage for everyone through the backdoor. It undermines the institution of marriage, and as a result of that, children will die over the next few years, because they’ll be brought up in homes which aren’t married.”
This is why most student newspapers refuse to interview Griffin — they’re protecting him from himself!
- Home of couple targeted is being watched by police
- Griffin under investigation by Cambridgeshire Police
- One of couple tells BBC that BNP leader is “an idiot”
The home of a gay couple targeted by Nick Griffin online is now being watched by police. Meanwhile, Cambridgeshire Constabulary are also investigating whether a case can be brought against the far-right MEP, who had his Twitter account temporarily suspended last night.
Speaking to BBC Breakfast this morning, however, one of the couple, exams consultant and writer Michael Black, seemed unfazed:
“Certainly the public response to the incident … has been overwhelmingly in support of our stand against discrimination so hopefully that will mean the vast majority of the people in the country will just see what an idiot Nick Griffin is and reject his views.”
‘Idiot’ is one of the more polite words used to describe the far-right MEP and BNP leader in the last 15 hours.
UPDATE: Cambridgeshire Police have told Scrapbook they are “aware of the incident” involving Griffin’s tweets. We’re trying to find out more right now.
UPDATE II: Nick Griffin’s Twitter account has now been suspended
UPDATE III: The account is now back, with the address tweet deleted
BNP leader Nick Griffin has published the home address of a gay couple in what is clearly an attempt to incite a bigoted mob to invade their street. Michael Black and John Morgan today won civil damages after controversially being turned away from a bed and breakfast in March 2010:
Scrapbook has a feeling that Nick will be getting a visit from the police.
Nick Griffin has thrown in the towel on police commissioner elections after BNP sources claimed that their, erm, “best people” were banned from standing owing to their criminal records. Despite Griffinführer’s attempted to put a brave face on things yesterday, “low turnout” has nothing to do with his decision to quit the race:
According to the far-right monitoring service Extremis Project, BNP officials have claimed the party cannot afford the £100,000 needed to for a decent field of candidates — and that a swathe of their top activists are banned from competing anyway:
“some of our best people cannot stand”
While politicians from the main parties have also fallen foul of the strict rules owing to misdemeanours in their youth (a Labour candidate was forced to quit owing to a £5 fine when he was 13), the BNP operate on a different plane when it comes to criminal records.
Their convicts include:
- Mark Bulman, who used a BNP leaflet as the fuse for a petrol bomb he detonated in a Swindon mosque.
- Convicted gang rapist Robert Bennett co-ordinated leafleting campaigns for the party in Oldham.
- The BNP’s former group leader on Calderdale Council was convicted of four counts of benefit fraud. Richard Mulhall only escaped jail because the relevant legislation had not yet come into force.
- Terry Collins was sentenced to five years in prison for conducting a campaign of terror against Asian families in the coastal town of Eastbourne. He claims he was “brainwashed” by the BNP.
- Huddersfield candidate Karl Hanson, who was arrested and fined £500 for possession of heroin and crack cocaine shortly before he was due to stand in 2005 elections.
- BNP member John Laidlaw had previously claimed he was going to “kill all black people” before going on a shooting spree in north London in 2006.
The BNP are not so much a party of conviction as, errr, a party of convictions.