January 16, 2010

BNP leader Nick Griffin criticised for Haiti remarks

People dig for bodies in Port-au-Prince
Claims by BNP leader Nick Griffin that the UK winter will cause as many deaths as the Haiti earthquake have been condemned by the leader of Labour MEPs

Glenis Willmott said fellow MEP Mr Griffin was trying to "stir up racial hatred" in his comments, made on social media websites on Thursday. She said: "How can anyone not look at those horrific pictures from Haiti and not feel compassion?"

In response Mr Griffin described UK aid to Haiti as "stinking elite hypocrisy". Mr Griffin's original postings, on Facebook and Twitter, said: "While the Haiti earthquake is terrible, the winter death toll in Britain will be similar. No aid here though."

About 45,000-50,000 people have died since Tuesday's 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince and 300,000 have been made homeless, according to UN estimates. The Pan American Health Organization has estimated that the death toll could be as high as 100,000.

Ms Willmott, Labour MEP for the East Midlands, said: "Yes, people will die here this winter, even though the Labour government set up a welfare state that spends billions to help prevent too many deaths."

She added: "Our government and local councils are quite rightly funded to do all they can to help everyone suffering from the cold. But I am also proud that our government will do all it can to help the people in Haiti and I totally support all the work done by the charities to get supplies out there as soon as possible."

Mr Griffin, MEP for North West England, responded with another Twitter post, saying: "Individuals should give whatever they feel appropriate, but Britain is bankrupt. Fifty thousands pensioners will die...of cold this winter. Boys get blown to bits because we can't afford to armour their Land Rovers.... Sending aid to rioting ingrates while our own people die is stinking elite hypocrisy."

Asked about Mr Griffin's comments, BNP deputy leader Simon Darby criticised the government's £6m contribution to the aid effort in Haiti. He said: "I'd rather see that £6m that we spent keeping our own people alive. You look after your own first. If they've got surplus money to give away to Haiti - how many people have died because we didn't have the infrastructure to grit the roads?"


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Anonymous said...

Either the Mad Dictator Gri££in started off the anti-Haitian aid campaign with his hate-filled rants and his little lap dog poodle, Barking Mad Barnes, followed him as always with his mad bleatings on his own pathetic Lee Barnes blogspot, or Barking Barnes kicked it off by coming up with his usual sick, hate-filled nonsense which his fuhrer has copied, thinking that the stream of consciousness that stands in for reasonable argument for the Mad Mullah of the BNP, was somehow acceptable and clever.

No it is not.

Gri££in and his Mad Mullah, Barking Barnes, are both highly suspect, unclean, devious and nasty little-minded morons that sully our streets.

Send 'em both to Haiti to clean up!

Simon said...

This will be the "christian" side of Nick Griffin I expect

Anonymous said...

These stupid crass remarks are going to come in very useful for our side in an election year. Thank you for shooting yourself in the foot, Griffin.