Nick Griffin to visit Buckingham Palace

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Just when I thought I couldn’t get any more depressed, I see this on the Daily Mail website – apparently all London Assembly AMs are going to a Buckingham Palace garden party this summer, which means that Richard Barbrook is going too. Richard Barnbrook is – naturally – going to be bringing Nick Griffin along as his guest.

Interestingly, one of the commenters on the Daily Mail story – and I would recommend against reading the comments on the Daily Mail site, as they are prone to make your brain turn to goo and dribble out of your ears – has this to offer:

I thought we lived in a democracy, the BNP is not an illegal party, and I disagree totally with what they stand for, but until Nick Griffen does something that is against the law, then he has the same rights as the rest of us, even if we do disagree with him.

Well, yes…but no. The BNP is legal – correct. But does Nick Griffin have a right to be invited to a garden party at Buckingham Palace? No, of course not. Neither do I, as it happens – which is a shame, really, because I really like cucumber sandwiches and weak tea.

We will, I’m sure, see a lot more of this attitude as this story develops: it has been a key part of the BNP’s rise, and will continue to be. It is, however, a complete error: the fact that the BNP is legal (as it should be) and people are free to vote for them doesn’t mean that civil society is obliged to treat them in exactly the same way, and with exactly the same respect, as any other political party.

So – it’s Queenie’s gaff, her tea, her garden, and so it should be her choice. Will she show some balls and kick Griffin out of her house?

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3 Responses to “Nick Griffin to visit Buckingham Palace”

  1. captainjako Says:

    Unsurprisingly that Daily Mail comment-leaving-person hasn’t got a clue what they’re talking about. Nick Griffin has broken the law. In 1998 he was found guilty of inciting racial hatred. So that should be good reason for not allowing him to enter Chez Quennie.

  2. Bangers'n'mash Says:

    Don’t tell me that Dickie Barnbrook doesn’t have a girlfriend he could bring along as his date! What a shock.

  3. Kimmitt Says:

    The Queen is part of the state, not part of civil society. Given that this is an ex officio invitation I don’t see how Buckingham Palace could NOT have issued the invitation.

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