A spokesperson for the BNP has caused shock in commenting on his party leader’s new found bankruptcy by saying at least he isn’t in Michael Schumacher’s position.

The leader of the British National Party (BNP) Nick Griffin was today declared bankrupt. Formula 1 star Mr Schumacher is currently fighting for his life after a skiing accident.

Speaking to the Huffington Post, BNP press officer Simon Darby attempted to make the point that Nick Griffin may be down, but that he’s not out, and that he is upbeat about his situation.

He said: “Look at it this way… Michael Schumacher has millions in the bank, but he’d do anything to be in Nick’s position now wouldn’t he.”

Mr Schumacher is in a medically induced coma in order to reduce brain swelling after he was involved in a collision whilst skiing off-piste. Today is also Mr Schumacher’s birthday.

Mr Darby called Mr Griffin “brave” for taking the battle in court around his bankruptcy “on the chin for the party”.

“It could be worse,” he laughed. “I wouldn’t want to be Nigel Farage’s press officer.”

“Imagine being in that position when he said all those people could come into the country.”

He referred to recent comments urging the UK Government to allow Syrian asylum seekers into the country.

“At least there’s nothing false about Nick,” he continued.

Griffin is known for his homophobic remarks.

The 54-year-old previously described gay people as “creepy” and admitted that he would like to ban civil partnerships.

He was in August criticised for homophobic and racist remarks as during a conversation with Twitter user Arif Ali, who is from Manchester, Griffin tweeted that he was a “hysterical little poof”.

In October 2012 he was criticised for posting the address of a gay couple on the internet and calling for his supporters to demonstrate outside their Cambridgeshire home.

It was over the decision of Reading County Court to rule in favour of Michael Black and John Morgan; the pair were prevented from sharing a room together at the Swiss Bed and Breakfast in Cookham, Berkshire, in March 2010