A Curious Girl

The musings of a girl who is curious in both senses of the word. Life, God, and York. Oh, did I say York? I meant Bradford!

Friday, October 23, 2009

So about Nick Griffin on Question Time...

Appreciate I may be preaching to the choir here, but a rant is always good...

Firstly, please go to http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/talking_point/default.stm and leave a comment if you can, there are far too many scary Griffin sympathisers on there...

Now, the infamous edition of Question Time. What's a relief is that Nick Griffin came across as an idiot. Claimed he'd been misquoted, but refused to deny anything specific, apart from apparently "I never said black people walk like monkeys"... yeah, no one had accused him of that. Then he attempted to deny things he'd said on film with a leader of the Ku Klux Klan ("an entirely non-violent one!"). He even laughed when Bonnie Greer said, "If I was in your party, I'd be scared!" But the joke was on him.

What concerned me rather was the way that the other speakers never quite addressed either the Iraq issue or the immigration issue - surely this is where Griffin holds the most sway. The one moment where somebody perhaps got close to refuting him was when he said "bogus asylum seekers" and Sayeeda Warsi said "No, there is no such thing as a bogus asylum seeker, the term is asylum seeker, it's a legal term" but didn't elaborate, unfortunately. I also wish someone had addressed how the mainstream parties also scapegoat immigrants, like that appalling 2005 Tory campaign.

Also, the furore over his use of the term "indigenous". As Bonnie Greer pointed out, his idea of what is "indigenous British" is flawed anyway... White Britons are Celtic, Roman, Viking, Anglo-Saxon, Norman etc. Worse than that, his erroneous assumption that being "indigenous British" is comparable to being Maori in New Zealand or "Red Indians (sic)" in America. Worryingly, that seems to have struck a chord with a few of the people on BBC Have Your Say... despite the obvious extrapolation of that idea. If Griffin wants all the immigrants and their descendents to go home, does he want all the emigrants and their descendents to come back? Should America and New Zealand and Australia be emptied of anyone other than the aboriginals? Scarily I might have some respect for Griffin if he actually said that... but then his pals, the non-violent KKK, might not agree with him. He also had no real answer to what is meant to happen to people of mixed ethnicity

Also his use of phrases such as genocide and lynch mob surely show just how ridiculous his argument is. He seems to think that white British people suffer racism, but uses phrases that imply Nazi gas chambers used to kill Jews, homosexuals, disabled people, and anyone they didn't like... or his pals the KKK hanging black people. The very fact that Griffin is allowed to appear on national TV, on a two-thirds White British panel, and that those who support him are allowed to say so, on BBC websites no less, makes this exaggeration of terms so absurd I can't find words to describe it.

Anyway, to be honest I rather feel sorry for Griffin... he seems to live in a sad world where diversity is bad and the English are horrendously oppressed. He should grow up, get to know a few people with different backgrounds, and also go to some folk festivals. England's not dead, it's alive and well, just aware that it's not the centre of the universe.

...And now I rather want a curry...

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