May 30, 2009

BNP boss Nick Griffin's racist rant against boxer Amir Khan

Nick Griffin believes people like boxing star like Amir Khan should be encouraged to leave Britain.

His BNP party wants to create firm incentives for non-white Britons to leave their homeland, but he dismissed claims that Britain would lose talent. He said of Khan: "Perhaps we will lose one good boxer, but there are more important things."

Griffin spoke out at the launch of the party's manifesto in Manchester where he is their top candidate for a seat in the region for the European elections.

Yesterday the people of Oldham flocked to support the Mirror's Hope Not Hate bus. In 2001, race riots in Oldham shocked the country and the BNP see it as a fertile ground to spread hate and garner support.

Student Stephen Kennedy, 18, from Springhead, Oldham, remembers the race riots. He said: "There were burnt out cars in streets and it was a scary place to be. The BNP would just drag us back to those dark days."

Today the Daily Mirror bus is backstage at Stoke's Love Music Hate Racism Festival from 10am.



Anonymous said...

How about a well publicized joust between Khan and Griffin (doesn't Griffin claim to have once been a boxer?) The loser of which is to be banished from England forever.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, sounds good but there is a MASSIVE difference in weight categories.
What with Amir Khan being a lightweight and Cyclops being a SUPER,SUPER heavyweight!!!

Barbara Suzuki said...

Griffin wrote March 9 2008:
"Distant memories. We’re staying in Camberley and several times we pass the entrance to Sandhurst, Britain’s great army officer training academy.
I boxed there two or three times while at university.
We were always a bit fitter than the would-be Second Lieutenants, and generally had the edge over them - at least until the judges that they provided totalled up their scores.
What a bunch of cheating, biased old bastards they were, though the young officers themselves were always friendly and very sporting.
The only way a Cambridge boxer could be sure of a win at Sandhurst was with a knock-out, or at least with a knock-down or standing count in two of the three rounds.
I believe I got a draw and two wins."

So according to Griffin he drew one and won two boxing matches at Sandhurst. He adds
"We were always a bit fitter than the would-be Second Lieutenants, and generally had the edge over them"
So Griffin was fit once, according to him. Fitter even than the officer cadets of Sandhurst, and they are pretty fit. It seems hard to believe, but there it is.
Then, after insulting the Sandhurst judges, he has a little sneer at the 'would-be Second Lieutenants'. Why? It's just the modest first step in an officer's miltary career. The cadets that boxed with Griffin were relaxing as part of their arduous training for military duty, and have almost certainly fought on some foreign battlefield since, in contrast to Griffin's life since that time.
Obviously winning two boxing matches at Sandhurst remains an important achievement to the Chairman of the BNP, as his reminiscences demonstrate. It is poignant, in a way, to contrast the figure of his youth with the man today.

I think comment at 5.43 pm is a brilliant suggestion. Let the better man win!