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When democracy turns stupid…

9 June, 2009

Ok, so the big shock and disappointment from the Euro elections means that we now have two BNP Euro MPs. As much as I hate the BNP and everything they stand for, I was disgusted by the actions of the group Unite Against Fascism. They’re the ones who are responsible for pelting Nick Griffin with eggs as he tried to hold a press conference. They chanted “Off our streets, Nazi scum.” and then threw eggs at him as he tried to speak.


As much as I don’t like it, he was elected. Which means that enough people voted for him. This makes him legit, no matter how much that makes my skin crawl.

I appreciate that it’s a sorry state of affairs when we get not just one, but two elected MPs from the BNP in Europe. What makes it even harder to swallow is that they were both elected by people in the north, Nick from the Manchester area and Andrew Brons from Yorkshire.

It makes me sick to think that this is where I live and I’m walking past people who may have actually thought that they were a better alternative than the Conservatives or the Lib Dems. How stupid are people? Oh, but then again I forgot where this post started. People are stupid, especially people who throw eggs at democratically elected MPs who’re there because even stupider people put them there.

Head stupid person Weyman Bennett, the joint national secretary of Unite Against Fascism, in an interview later said that his group had organised the demonstration and pledged that it would continue to attempt to disrupt Mr Griffin’s public appearances.

“What people wanted to demonstrate is that their filthy politics are not welcome here,” he told The Times.

“Wherever Nick Griffin or the BNP exist we will stand up with other people and say that the politics of fascism and Nazism have no place in the 21st century.

“These types of politics don’t represent the majority of this country and the majority of people have to speak up for a decent society.”

And one of the ways in which a “decent society” has always shown its displeasure is to throw eggs and other stuff at elected politicians and MPs haven’t they? Some examples of which are:

  • March this year Peter Mandleson had a cup of green custard thrown over him by an anti-Heathrow protestor, 
  • October 2008 – Phil Woolas, the Immigration Minister, receives a custard pie in the face from a pro-migration campaigner during a debate at Manchester University,
  • February 2006 – Ruth Kelly, then the Education Secretary, is pelted with eggs by a Fathers 4 Justice protester, 
  • December 2004 – Robert Kilroy-Silk, the television presenter and MEP, has a bucket of slurry thrown over him by a protester acting “in the name of Islam” as he arrives to take part in a BBC radio recording at a school in Manchester, 
  • May 2004 – Tony Blair is pelted with purple flour bombs by protesters from the campaign group Fathers 4 Justice during Prime Minister’s Questions in the Commons,
  • May 2001 – John Prescott is egged by Craig Evans, a pro-countryside protester, during a general election campaign event in Rhyl, North Wales…

and the list goes on.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 14 June, 2009 9:51 PM

    It was partly down to the low turnout letting the BNP in, of course – so a combination of those fools who voted for them, and those fools (like me) who didn’t vote at all – – I went to London on the day of the election but COULD have got my act together to vote first, and just didn’t because I’m so disillusioned. I will in future though – – but I SO hate voting just to keep the bad guys out – I want Good Guys whom I can believe in!

  2. 13 June, 2009 10:55 AM

    Hi I think this is a fantastic blog, keep up the good work…

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