BNP leader Nick Griffin is taking 50 far-right supporters on a Christmas shopping trip to Strasbourg in December — using funding from the European Parliament. The move comes despite his foaming rhetoric against Europe and its institutions, which Griffin has repeatedly castigated for their “corruption and waste”.
While the two-night excursion leverages funding which is available to all MEPs — ostensibly for the purposes of civic education — the advert on the BNP website emphasises that the main event is not the tour of parliament, which which will only “last around 90 minutes” …
“We have one of the early slots (hence the early start from our hotel) so as to allow plenty of free time in Strasbourg that afternoon.”
… but shopping at the Christmas market!
“At this time of year, Strasbourg hosts thier [sic] annual Christmas market - a fantastic sight of some 300 cabins and stalls, a giant Christmas tree and an ice-rink – all centered around their Cathedral. This is the ideal place to do some last minute Christmas shopping, or just to soak up the environment of one of the oldest running Christmas markets in France.”
A parliamentary source tells Scrapbook this is the “by far the most blatant” promotion of Brussels or Strasbourg trip as a non-political junket that they have ever seen.
And while we’re on the subject of the far-right’s festive season, readers should familiarise themselves with this not-at-all-creepy rendition of the nativity story by Nick Griffin, which they may wish to play to their young children on Christmas morning:
Griffin looks to be channelling David Brent there.
The above image shows an an actual article from the BNP’s official website asking whether fascist buffoon Nick Griffin will be given the Nobel Peace Prize – before comparing him with Saint Paul! With Griffin having purged the party of opponents, he appears to have surrounded himself with people who will believe the following tripe regarding his repeated “BNPeace missions” to Syria.
The true believers reckon that Griffin organised the letter from Damascus to Commons speaker John Bercow — and that this “changed the course of history” by swaying MPs in the crunch vote on military action:
“The full story is told in the Bible [New Testament: Acts of the Apostles]. That was almost two thousand years ago, in 36 AD, and Paul became an extremely prolific speaker and writer of letters, many of which are said to have changed the course of history.
And now, in 2013 AD, Nick Griffin … travelled that very same road to Damascus, the capital city of Syria, in order to stop an impending war. Ironically, or perhaps prophetically, the ‘weapon’ they used to help stop that war was a letter – just like Saint Paul.”
“When was the last time a British politician, who was not a member of the Armed Forces put himself in the way of bombs?”
Surrounded by a coterie of ultra-loyalists who will argue black is white — it’s just like the Führerbunker in April 1945.
This isn’t the first time that the Daily Mail and the BNP leader have found themselves on the same side either.
Back in February he backed the newspaper after it suggested the Vicky Pryce speeding fraud trial collapsed because the jury were black.
The fantasy that Nick Griffin somehow influenced the international community over military action in Syria has been repeatedly expounded by the BNP since his visit to the country at the end of August – but receives its most egotistical treatment yet in the party’s latest email to supporters.
Far-right sympathisers are told that the “BNPeace” mission saw “our intrepid MEP” face “the very real threat of missile strikes”:
“Mr Griffin’s experience and status as a politician and his unquestionable courage and commitment in travelling to Damascus for talks in the Syrian Parliament while British warmongers aimed cruise missiles at the building earned him the genuine respect and trust of the Syrian parliamentarians.”
“As our nations stood on the brink of war, Nick Griffin MEP was the ONLY Western politician in Damascus working under huge pressure and facing the very real threat of missile strikes, to seek a diplomatic solution to the crisis.”
Griffin’s Action Man narrative falls on its face given action was on hold at least until a crunch vote in the Commons — which Cameron then lost. Doubtless holed up in a safe hotel frequented by diplomats and other expats, rock-hard Griffin then mused on the prospect of being hit by a cruise missile — minutes after John Kerry had announced a temporary reprieve for the Assad regime while Congress was consulted:
As for the BNP’s sudden enthusiasm for Bashar, Left Foot Forward has reported on claims that money may have changed hands. Asked whether the regime had made a donation to the party, Griffin responded:
Was he really joking? On this evidence one has to wonder.
Last week the Barnsley Chronicle published an article about a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts who had been assaulted after returning from a tour of duty:
“A Barnsley soldier was attacked in the street, knocked unconscious and then repeatedly stamped and kicked in the face and head – just hours after getting home.”
“The savage, brutal and unprovoked attack on the 28-year-old in a terraced street in the town centre has left witnesses shaken and horrified.”
With Barnsley’s ethnic mix, it didn’t take long for the far-right scumbags of the BNP and EDL to launch a 100% evidence-free smear that ‘the Muslamics’ were responsible for the attack:
One problem … the attackers were white!
Particular credit to the Chronicle for their direct rebuttal.
Everyone is enjoying the sunshine but this hasn’t dimmed the BNP leader’s perennial racism:
Labour MP Simon Danczuk has taken some time out from re-tweeting praise for himself to compare the left of his own party to Nick Griffin’s BNP. Writing in the Telegraph after he backed George Osborne’s extended delay for unemployment benefits, the Rochdale MP claims:
“This is the politics of the madhouse and should be viewed in the same way as we view the views of the BNP. The hard right threatens social cohesion and sows ugly seeds of division.”
“The politics of the hard Left does much of the same – while threatening to make sure Britain’s race to stay competitive in a global economy is over.”
Whatever part of the political spectrum we are on, surely we can agree that the Old Left aren’t fascists?
EDL leader Tommy Robinson has compared his history of violence with Nelson Mandela’s struggle for freedom in South Africa. Challenged by Scrapbook over his own convictions after a prominent EDL activist was jailed for attempted arson of a mosque, Robinson suggested the Nobel Peace Prize laureate had a “far worse” record than he did:
The message follows on the heels of this chestnut from Robinson’s far-right colleague Nick Griffin:
As offensive and deluded as ever.