Saturday, October 24, 2009


Nicholas Watt reports in the The Guardian that the British National Party, with its anti-immigration and anti-foreigner platform, will receive a big boost from having its leader, Nick Griffin, as a guest on BBC Question Time.

"The British National party will receive a pre-general election boost in the opinion polls, ministers fear, after more than 8 million people watched the far-right leader Nick Griffin's appearance on Question Time on Thursday evening."

Nicholas Watt reports on Griffin's subsequent statements:

"In contrast with his emollient remarks to minority ethnic members of the Question Time audience, the BNP leader stridently condemned the decision to record the show in London.

""That audience was taken from a city that is no longer British," he said. "That was not my country any more.

""Why not come down and do it in Thurrock, do it in Stoke, do it in Burnley? Do it somewhere where there are still significant numbers of English and British people and they haven't been ethnically cleansed from their own country.""

Obviously, Griffin is accusing immigrants, especially those from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, of engaging in "ethnic cleansing." As if people of whatever race or ethnicity had no right to enter and live in Britain and be considered "British."

Griffin reminds me of Lou Dobbs of CNN here in the US who rants and rails against Latino immigrants. Underneath all the bluster and complaint, I get the idea that Dobbs' animus towards Latinos is really a prejudice against those of darker complexion than he or who speak a a native language other than English.

1 comment:

  1. First I remember someone telling me Lou DObbs had a latino wife which makes his arguments even hypocritical yet dont quote me on that. Second Nick Griffin and the BNP sound like they're making a clear retreat to northern Britian. This subject of racial purity might need a good debate though, I personally am mixed with English,Irish, Scottish, Native-American, Italion and half Palestinian. I feel, do i want to live in a world of one race or have the diversity of a enthnic pot luck? Its easy to call him a racist (i like to call racialist) but in my view is that really a bad thing? i mean what if you went to a zoo with one animal? personally that would suck!