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MEP refuses to sit next to BNP leader Nick Griffin

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  1. Good for her.

  2. I wouldn’t want to sit next to him either!

  3. That’s because he loves the great smell of Brut for Men.

    On a serious note, I wonder if Gordon Brown would refuse to sit next to David Cameron? The BNP may stand for what a lot of people disagree with, but the bottom line is they were democratically elected and have every right to be there along with everyone else. This may appear to be unappealing to many, but when this crap starts to appear, it’s the thin end of the wedge. Before you know it people will start to refuse to sit next to others because “he supports foxhunting” or some such lame reason. Politicians have always risen and fallen based on the current views and opinions of the electorate. That is the basic principle of democracy, like it or lump it.

    The concept that you can cherry-pick the people you work with, (or against), is not an option, and it is an insidious and dangerous practice that needs to be nipped in the bud. If you don’t like the practices of other politicians or parties, then it is up to you to demonstrate their failings and your benefits. That is the way democracy works, not infantile chucking-toys-out-of-the-pram antics.

  4. Dave North 14 Jul 2009, 7:55pm


    As much as I dislike this man and his “party”, I agree with you on this.

    If these MEP’s wish to play at democracy, then they MUST operate with democratically elected individuals, no matter how odious.

    I grew up with the Kinnock / Thatcher crap, and who is ensconsed undemocratically in the EU reaping millions.

    Kinnock, the “never elected” socialist oaf.

    I would refuse to sit next to him, were I there.

  5. Stuart Neyton 14 Jul 2009, 8:02pm

    “Kinnock, the “never elected” socialist oaf.”

    Erm, Glenys was elected directly to the European Parliament 3 times.

    Not often I admire anything a DUP politician does but good on her.

  6. Simon Murphy 14 Jul 2009, 8:05pm

    The BNP are repellant. But it is archly hypocritical for Diane Dodds of the Democratic Unionist Party to be behaving like this. The DUP are religious extremists. It is the party of Iris Robinson and the Free Presbyterians – the party whose leader Peter Robinson agrees with his wife that god and scripture thinks that homosexuality is an abomination. The DUP are more homophobic than the BNP. The BNP are more extremist in their racism perhaps but it’s probably no coincidence that the DUP and the BNP are sitting together. Fringe element extremists usually do.

  7. Mihangel apYrs 14 Jul 2009, 8:10pm

    “Foreign secretary David Miliband has drawn up new guidelines stating the BNP should be “kept at arms length”.

    A government spokeswoman confirmed: “Officials will not engage in any other contact with elected representatives of any nationality who represent extremist or racist views, unless specific permission has been granted to do so on a particular occasion.”

    If such politicians are British then it is dangerous (further) politicisation of the Civil Service to forbid them the sort of contact they would afford any other political representative of the people. THe CS MUST be i,mpartial, otherwise how can any incoming govt be assured that it won’t be thwarted in its aims?

  8. Dave North 14 Jul 2009, 8:25pm

    Not often I admire anything a DUP politician does but good on her.

    Comment by Stuart Neyton — July 14, 2009 @ 20:02

    What Glyns Kinnock done, other than being married to the idiot who would not sign off the EU accounts for the past 13 years.

  9. Dave North 14 Jul 2009, 8:47pm

    “Fringe element extremists usually do.”

    Comment by Simon Murphy

    Dodd’s on a mission from God.
    Griffin’s on a mission from heaven.

    Or at least so these people think.

    Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could rid ourselves of all these self serving bigots.

    It’s never going to happen.


    Let’s just enjoy life in our time and drop dead before we have to go into care.

  10. Bit rich when you consider how homophobic and bigoted the DUP is.

  11. Mihangel apYrs: “The CS MUST be impartial, otherwise how can any incoming govt be assured that it won’t be thwarted in its aims?”

    I have to say apYrs, I hadn’t even considered that perspective. You are dead right that the Civil Service has to remain entirely unbiased and treat all parties equally. The Labour Government has no right to impose any restrictions upon the civil service, otherwise this could bee construed as dictatorism.
    We continue to drift towards a police state.

  12. I still believe.

    LIFE is a sexually transmitted disease, with a 100% mortallity rate.

  13. DUP?! They ARE the BNP! (With added Christian Fundimentalism)

  14. Why do people even give the BNP this sort of coverage. Ignore them don’t report them as its the one thing they hate. Look at Griffin’s recent comments about sinking boat full of asylum seekers it was timed and designed to maximise the exposure in the Euro parliament.

    Don’t fall for it Pink News as they will use this report down the line to claim they are the victims.

  15. Pot / kettle.

  16. I worry how many of the 60,000 people in the South West who voted for the BNP & hold their racist & homophobic views, are police officers?

  17. Wash your mouth out with soap after saying BNP

  18. A quiet day for news at the Pink’s office, then?

  19. Comment by Justin: “Pot / kettle.”

    Don’t call the DUP or the BNP ‘black’, neither would like that!

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