Griffin complaint over BBC ‘mob’ [with full video of the show]

October 23, 2009

[The controversial episode of Question Time, which aired last night on the BBC, can be viewed at the end of this article.]

Friday, 23 October 2009 13:02 UK

BNP leader Nick Griffin is to complain to the BBC over his controversial appearance on Question Time, saying he had faced a “lynch mob”.

Mr Griffin claims the normal format of Thursday’s programme was changed and it should not have been held in London.

The fallout from the show – watched by eight million people – has intensified, with Mr Griffin’s fellow panellists saying he had been “shown up”.

But critics said the show had given the BNP huge publicity.

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The BBC has defended the show, which was watched by four times its normal audience but also attracted a large number of complaints, saying it had a duty to be impartial.

More than 240 complainants felt the show was biased against the BNP, while more than 100 of the complaints were about Mr Griffin being allowed to appear on Question Time.

In addition, more than 50 people contacted the BBC to show their appreciation for the programme.

‘Not a Nazi’

Mr Griffin faced robust questioning about his views on race, immigration and the Holocaust from a largely hostile audience.

He criticised Islam, defended a past head of the Ku Klux Klan but insisted that he was “not a Nazi”.

In a press conference on Friday, the BNP leader said he would be making an official complaint to the BBC about the programme, saying its normal format had been “twisted” so that it focused solely on his views.

The BBC is firm in its belief that it was appropriate for Mr Griffin to appear as a member of the panel and the BBC fulfilled its duty to uphold due impartiality by inviting him on the programme
Mark Byford
BBC deputy director general

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He challenged the BBC to ask him on the show again and to allow a wider range of subjects to be discussed.

He also claimed the audience was not representative of the UK as a whole as levels of immigration in London meant it was “no longer a British city”.

Mr Griffin’s fellow guests on the show said his performance had exposed his real views and the true attitudes of the BNP.

Lib Dem home affairs spokesman Chris Huhne said Mr Griffin had been “taken aback” by the hostility of the audience which showed most people in the UK wanted “nothing” to do with his views.

Justice Secretary Jack Straw said Mr Griffin had been subjected to proper scrutiny and that his performance had been “catastrophic”.

But Welsh Secretary Peter Hain said the BBC had legitimised the BNP’s “racist poison” by inviting its leader onto the show.


The BNP leader was booed at the start of the recording and accused of trying to “poison politics” as he was attacked by fellow panellists and the audience.

The show covered topics including whether it was fair for the BNP to “hijack” images of Winston Churchill, whether immigration policy had fuelled the BNP’s popularity and whether Mr Griffin’s appearance was an early Christmas present for the party.

He was asked by a member of the audience about why he had described Islam as a “wicked and vicious faith”.

The BNP leader insisted his views had been widely misrepresented in the media and denied a string of statements attributed to him, including a quote from 2006 in which he said “Adolf went a bit too far”.

“I am not a Nazi and never have been,” he said, adding: “I am the most loathed man in Britain in the eyes of Britain’s Nazis.”

But Mr Griffin was challenged by several black and Asian members of the audience.

One man asked Mr Griffin: “Where do you want me to go? I love this country, I’m part of this country.”

The BBC defended its decision to ask Mr Griffin onto the show.

“The BBC is firm in its belief that it was appropriate for Mr Griffin to appear as a member of the panel and the BBC fulfilled its duty to uphold due impartiality by inviting him on the programme,” said its deputy director general Mark Byford.

Six protesters were arrested and three police officers injured during demonstrations outside BBC Television Centre, where the programme was filmed.

About 25 people managed to get through the gates and run towards the BBC building when security guards opened them to let in a car.

Source: BBC News


8 Responses to “Griffin complaint over BBC ‘mob’ [with full video of the show]”

  1. Akira on October 23rd, 2009 7:45 pm

    Britain is so pathetic.

    The alleged voice of the native people is uncritical of the Fascist Jew-state. [His only actual Fascist expression here.]

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s MI-5/6.

    How pathetic that Christians are expected to take sides between Satanic Muslims and Satanic Jews.

    The Muslim Baroness is married to a Muslim tool who has another Muslim wife. Today’s Britain.

    Jack Straw’s attmpt to deflect criticism of Labour by invoking Enoch backfired: he says that Enoch Powell arranged immigration for Caribbean health-personnel; which confirms that Powell was not racist — he favoured sensible immigration.

  2. PJ on October 24th, 2009 11:45 am

    They won’t let Griffin respond. This is a mob, not a forum

  3. Akira on October 24th, 2009 3:15 pm

    Simon Darby, the BNP’s 2nd in command, is much smarter and more charing than Griffin. They’d do much better under him.

    Search “Simon Darby” on YouTube for some radio interviews. This non-debate with Wayman Bennett is hilariously stupid:

    [4 parts]

    Griffin looks weak (and creepy) when he patronizes that ugly Negress who just insults him.

    Even though the court order that the BNP must change its membership requirement is bogus, it might be a blessing in disguise. Admitting only “caucasians” has done no good politically (and they are supposed to be a political party).

    They’d be better off just requiring that all members pledge to “uphold traditional British values” or whatever, and to limit/halt immigration, and respect the status of the “traditional Britons” or something like that, and keep the “race”/cultural issue as a non-political social movement.

    The fact is that they will never achieve any significant electoral success without non-white support. That’s just the way it is in Britain.

    Anyway, I think as long as they aren’t Christian they have no hope in Hell. Just like Geert Wilders. Wilders talks about:

    “Our liberal values! Our Christian heritage (of course I’m an atheist). I love Israel! The Enlightenment! Blah, blah, blah.”

    Surely the BNP would be more popular if they said Britons should stop taking sides between Jews & Muslims, Sunni & Shiite, Religious Jews & Godless Khazars, etc.

  4. Anti on October 25th, 2009 5:02 am

    “Our liberal values! Our Christian heritage (of course I’m an atheist). I love Israel! The Enlightenment! Blah, blah, blah.”

    Quite right, Akira, funny.

    But I do think the BNP and Wilder’s Freedom Party are two different entities.

    You won’t find Griffen saying “I love Israel” and let’s hope off to Iran and do some good work there. No, Griffin is staunchly opposed to these Zionist wars.

    Wilders and his party seem to be neo-conservative in all but name. The BNP has stronger Nationalist credentials.

  5. Akira on October 25th, 2009 7:32 am

    Re: “I do think the BNP and Wilder’s Freedom Party are two different entities.”

    Sure. But the point is, whether from the lib side (which is Wilders, even though he’s labeled an “extreme rightist”) or the conservative (BNP?) side, it’s understood that the way to portray oneself as “non-extreme” is to praise Israel and deny Christ.

    Re: “You won’t find Griffen saying “I love Israel””

    I don’t have time to re-watch, but doesn’t Griffin boast that only the BNP is uncritical of the Zionist entity’s assault on Gaza? Surely a conservative, nationalist Briton would not get involved, would renounce Britain’s imperial adventurism there (esp. since the Empire didn’t benefit the average British worker, and brought millions of aliens to Britain), and talk about how the Jews controlled Wilson, FDR, Churchill, etc.

    Re: “Wilders and his party seem to be neo-conservative in all but name.”

    I think Wilders is not Neo-Con. He’s mostly confused. He knows there’s a problem. He finds it impossible to conform. But his “solution” is the nonsense that screwed up Europe in the first place: “The Enlightenment” He’s embarrassed to talk about native rights or nationalist sentiment. He fears to look “extreme” even though it makes no difference what he says or does — he’ll always be labelled a bigot, Nazi, hate-monger…

    The BNP is no less confused, really. They’d be better off sticking to a radical core than dreaming they can achieve electoral success in an alien-occupied Britain that is run by Zionists.

  6. Akira on October 25th, 2009 7:34 am
  7. Akira on October 25th, 2009 7:47 am

    Actually, I was shocked to read here, according to this official propaganda site, that Great Britain (Eng. Scot & Wales) is 91.7% “White”! (N.I. Must be much more white.)

    You’d never know that living in London, as I did.

    I was under the impression that all minorities added up to about 20-30%, which would be enough to keep a BNP-like party out of power, especially since the white vote is split between 5 non-fringe parties: Con-Lab-Lib-UKIP-BNP (I guess the BNP is no longer strictly “fringe”). There must be millions of illegals too.

    So I suppose in terms of citizens, with voting rights, the BNP could hypothetically win an election. But of course the multi-kulti brainwashing, and Holohoax guilting, and White Shame and screwed up morality (addictions, nihilism, infantilism etc) make it virtually impossible.

    Still, the main block is that Griffin is not inspiring. He’d be better off speaking bluntly about Jewish media, the use of the Holohoax as propaganda etc, and give up trying to appear “reasonable”.

    My only real hope for Britain is that limited success for the BNP might miraculously push the mainstream parties to abandon national suicide. However, that’s the bankers’ agenda, so any retreat (from national destruction) would only be a temporary ploy.

  8. Skeeter on October 25th, 2009 7:04 pm

    The BNP should have sent Simon Darby to London to appear on the show. Quasi-Nick Griffin needs to get back to his bell tower in Notre Dame.