Winston Churchill would have been a BNP supporter: he adds
23rd October 2009: Less than a week after British National Party leader Nick Griffin said ‘Islam and our society don’t mix’, he again commented on Islam after appearing on Question Time.
Griffin said the religion had its good points and it wouldn’t have let the banks run riot, but it did not fit in with the fundamental values of British society, free speech, democracy and equal rights for women.
The programme saw discussion and questions on topics including fairness of the BNP "hijacking" images of Winston Churchill, whether immigration policy had fuelled the BNP’s popularity and if Griffin’s appearance was an early Christmas present for the party.
Even as anti-fascist protestors scuffled with police outside BBC TV Centre in west London before the show was to be filmed, Griffin said Winston Churchill would be a BNP supporter, if he were alive, and said he would find two men kissing creepy.
The session led to sharp reactions. Minister Peter Hain blamed the BBC for legitimizing the BNP’s "racist poison", while panelist Justice Secretary Jack Straw described it as a "catastrophic week” for the BNP as for the first time the party’s views had been properly scrutinised. Some other panelist claimed Griffin had been exposed.
Conservative peer-cum-shadow communities minister Baroness Warsi said Griffin did not have any political views other than a hatred for certain groups of people.
Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman Chris Huhne claimed his credibility was going to be seriously damaged by his performance.
Griffin, on the other hand, claimed, a substantial part of the programme had been "beat up Nick Griffin”, rather than Question Time".
Griffin claimed he was only allowed to answer four or five of the 25 or so allegations made against him in the programme; and that was "grossly unfair".
Available information suggests Griffin was booed at the beginning of the recording session and was blamed for attempting to "poison politics", as he was attacked by fellow panelists and the audience.
Griffin said his father had been in the RAF during World War II and he had been "relentlessly attacked and demonised… I am not a Nazi and never have been. Griffin also denied saying many of the things attributed to him including a quote that Adolf Hitler went "a bit too far".
He claimed his efforts to change the BNP meant he was unpopular with the far right, adding there were Nazis in Britain and they “loathe” him.
Griffin said he had shared a platform with former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, but said he was almost totally non-violent.
Griffin also blamed the political elite for imposing an enormous multicultural experiment on the British people.