Nick Griffin’s proposal that the British race would benefit from a sort of purification process is nothing new. History has produced many xenophobes, who consider the mixing of races an abomination rather than evolution. It is difficult to imagine that anyone educated could see the world in such a limited way. He fails to see what many have come to understand; the very idea of race is a human convention, which may have been created to identify people from different areas, but has been unfortunately twisted to exclude racial groups from certain privileges. Griffin’s fear is the fear of having to share. He is no doubt from that ilk, who longs for the time when they had the most toys.

Baroness Sayeeda Varsi made a brilliant point tonight when she suggested that England benefits from accepting ‘the best and the brightest’ from around the world because they add to Britain’s society. She does not assume that Britain always has it right. She instead suggests that some societies make the best bakers, while others are better painters. In other words, each culture does something better than any other culture does. To assume that Britain can prosper in a vacuum is a testimony to the limits of Griffin’s thinking. No culture in Western civilization remains without strong influences. Even America, which seems to force their gripping and long lasting chains on other cultures (fast food chains, bookstore chains, etc.) is still highly influenced by British culture. One only needs to spend time in New England states like Vermont and Massachusetts to experience a decidedly deliberate tether across the pond. And while it is true that some cultural practices are an uncomfortable nuisance (British boys are mimicking Americans by wearing their pants down beneath their bums) they are more often used as a way of communicating and solidifying relationships. To some degree, it could be argued that many disputes are caused when a nation seemingly forces their culture on another. (The Crusades, The War in Iraq, etc.) This method and Griffin’s approach are both extreme. Perhaps salvation will be found somewhere in the middle.

The fact that Griffin or anyone would use Winston Churchill to example their own beliefs, especially in regards to race, is a tremendous faux pas. When Winston Churchill was Prime Minister, he consistently made comments that demonstrated a notion of Great Britain’s superiority.

‘I do not admit… that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America, or the black people of Australia… by the fact that a stronger race, a higher grade race… has come in and taken its place.’ – Churchill to Palestine Royal Commission, 1937

This quote, taken from a 2002 article written in the Guardian, shows Churchill’s reluctance to see either the imperfections in his own culture or the merit in others. By aligning himself with Churchill, Griffin demonstrates his desire to make Britain superior over others again.

At the end of BBC’s Question Time, one of the audience members asked if this venture was an early birthday gift for the BNP. Perhaps it is, but one might speculate that the BNP, like all inflexible organizations, ultimately die the death of a relic. The world is changing, despite the fears of smaller groups. Cultural norms and traditions are alive and well in our history and to a very strong degree, still utilized daily in order to connect with our humble beginnings. But the need to distinguish or separate ourselves from each other is becoming less and less as we globally connect to the Internet. And it will be these connections that strengthen us as we ban together to face the demons of our past in the warming climate of the future. As sea levels rise and bees disappear, it will be ever more important for us to put our petty differences aside to save the world. As the weight of these challenges press upon us, Griffin will undoubtedly be left alone to deal with the coal in his stocking.



  1. Michael Williams says:

    You have cloaked this article in some nice words and I applaud your diplomacy. But I recognize racism when I see it and it should be exposed as to what it really is!!
    I truly hope that opinions expressed are in the minority and the BNP gets with it
    I wonder if they ever heard of Barack Obama??

  2. I agree that racism has always been and will always be … but I’m terrified of the pathway that Europe is taking. One needs only take a look at the last EU parliament elections to note the increase in electing far-right politicians …

  3. Mohenjo says:

    Nick Griffin himself is a mongrel! There are and never have been any pure races.

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