The BNP at Buckingham Palace

May 21, 2009

The British National Party (BNP) says its leader Nick Griffin is planning to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace next month, hosted by the Queen.

All members of the London Assembly have been invited, and since last year they include the BNP’s Richard Barnbrook. He wants to bring Griffin as his guest.

Party spokesman Simon Darby says on the party’s website: “The anti-British people who object had better start getting used to the idea because if we get elected MEPs, this is the kind of thing we are going to be doing on a regular basis.”

The Daily Mirror calls the garden party idea a “vile publicity stunt” and the anti-fascist group Searchlight said many BNP members have been convicted of violence and racial harassment. “On security grounds alone, Griffin should be denied access,” it declared.

Support for the anti-immigrant, anti-Europe group has never historically been strong in this country but with the recession taking a toll and the existing political parties having been shamed by the MPs’ expenses scandal, the BNP is hoping to do well in the June 4 European elections.

Do you think it should have the right to attend the garden party?


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Nick Griffin and Richard Barnbrook should be invited to Buckingham Palace. They are both perfertly respectable men.

Posted by Anthony Ryan | Report as abusive

Griffin should not come as its not meant to be a political event. Barnbrook should bring a friend (if he has any). Might have to be the bloke who runs his local off licence.

Posted by Rob Smith | Report as abusive

But why does he want to meet the most famous German family in the country?

Posted by Ian Kemmish | Report as abusive

What happens if Nick Griffin is offered a selection of biscuits to have with his tea? Will he only take the Digestives and Rich Teas, but leave the Garibaldis on the plate? I think this is outrageous.

Posted by Tom Feelin | Report as abusive

Barnbrook is an elected member of the London Assembly and as such is as much entitled to attend the garden party as any other member. If Griffin is his guest, so be it. Let’s defeat them by reasoned arguments and our votes. That’s how democracy works: everyone can join in, however unpleasant they may be. Allowing the so-called “majority” to exclude anyone they don’t like from public life by any other method is very dangerous, and our democracy is in enough trouble as it is. History has shown us many times what happens when the so-called “majority” happen to be the unpleasant ones.

Posted by Matthew | Report as abusive

Barnbrook is an elected representative of the people and, so far as I know, both he and Griffin are loyal subjects of the Queen. They are on the political fringe and neither we or the Queen need have any fear of them. It is the people who wish to prevent them attending the garden party who are the real threat in a free society.

The so-called “anti-fascist” Searchlight organisation is in fact the Communist opposite of the BNP and its members can in no way be described as loyal subjects of the Queen.

It is a great shame that Reuters sees fit to quote Searchlight without giving any background as to what it is.

Posted by Peter | Report as abusive

I suggest everyone looks very carefully at the manifesto of all the parties before deciding which one best represents your views and requirements for life. Then you are in a position to make a reasoned decision for voting. It always disturbs me how we are all subject to oodles of drivel from the nulabour camp and no-one shouts them down, but whenever an interesting alternative surfaces it seems the nulabour supporters turn up like goons and start shouting and abusing delegates. They must be seriously frightened about something: maybe the other parties are beginning to voice the thoughts of the silent majority – the REAL majority who remain silent for fear of those aforementioned goons shouting at people, and abusing the property of those who dare to call into question their dubious ideas for life…..pause for thought…..

Posted by Larry | Report as abusive

Griffin should get on with Prince Philip, shouldn’t he?

Posted by Simon Heywood | Report as abusive

The BNP is now a legal Political Party so there should be no problem at all with going to Buckingham Palace. We do live in a fair Democracy dont we???

Posted by Leon | Report as abusive