BNP bosss letter to BBCs Director General

#1
I discovered this yesterday - whilst I may not agree with Nick Griffin or his party's politics [N.B. understatement], he does raise some valid points, particularly about the BBC's left/liberal bias, and how this infringes some parts of its charter:

Letter to challenge the new Director General
28th March 2005

This is the letter written to the Director General of the BBC by Chairman, Nick Griffin on 17th March 2005.

The Director-General
BBC
Broadcasting House
Portland Place
London W1A 1AA

Dear Mr Thompson

In your inaugural speech as Director-General, you promised to create a “far more open BBC.” Worthy sentiments but, six months on, little seems to have changed. Viewed from the outside, the BBC remains a liberal-left elitist closed shop, dedicated to promoting without question ideas of ‘multi-culturalism’ that are so utterly discredited that even the head of the Commission for Racial Equality has turned his back on them. In addition to this, the BBC’s bias towards the European Union and against the majority British position of Euro-scepticism is well-documented.

In relation to the British National Party in particular, your ‘open’ BBC has had six months now in which to reverse your predecessors’ policy of refusing under any circumstances to have a spokesman from the BNP on your flagship Question Time, even though questions and debates about the party are a regular feature on the programme.

The same denial of our basic entitlement to a platform is particularly in evidence whenever political opponents launch attacks on the British National Party, and our spokesmen, if interviewed at all, are deluged with further accusations without being given the opportunity to respond. My own interview with Tim Sebastian on Hardtalk was a particularly disgraceful example of this. I am aware that this was made and broadcast before your period of tenure, but I would recommend that you should exhume it from the archives and watch it as an example of the BBC at its biased worst.

Whatever happened in the past, the results of the European Elections in June last year should have radically transformed the BBC’s attitude to the BNP. With 808,000 votes, 4.9% of the total cast, the party at a stroke established itself as the legitimate representative of a minority of the native white British population larger than any other ethnic minority in the country.

In addition, an IPSOS poll last year found that fully 60 per cent of the entire British population (i.e. approximately 66 per cent of the indigenous natives of the country) agree with the statement that “immigration has done Britain more harm than good.” Under the BBC’s own Guidelines (Producers’ Code), this is a “significant strand of opinion” that “should not go unrepresented.” Furthermore, this opinion is not represented by any other political party in the country, since all the others, including groups such as UKIP and Veritas, go out of their way to stress their beliefs that “immigration has greatly enriched Britain.” The BNP is hence more in tune with the opinions of two-thirds of your viewers than any other political party. Do you not accept that, however much some of your staff disagree with such views, your Charter and Guidelines oblige you to give them representative airtime?

You are also, of course, aware that those same Guidelines state that programmes should represent life as it really is. The briefest comparison between the harmonious race relations in a traditional inner East London white working class community with a helpful and wholly beneficial ethnic minority presence, as represented in East Enders, and the reality of a fragmented, alienated, marginalised white presence, as revealed on a recent BBC news report.

If this high profile soap is to fulfil the requirements of your guidelines and reflect real life it needs several new storylines. Would you please confirm that due consideration will be given in the near future to portraying a wave of racist attacks on Walford’s whites and blacks, similar to the brutal racist murder last year of Ashley Hedger in Newham and the continual wave of lesser assaults going on throughout the East End, at the hands of gangs of Bengali and Pakistani youths?

Are there any plans to have the Queen Vic petrol-bombed by militant young Muslims, as has happened to real-life pubs in the area such as the Pride of Spitalfields? And when are so many of the native East End characters portrayed in your soap going to move to Southend or emigrate to Spain that those remaining can be clearly seen to be an absolute minority, as is the case in real life in the boroughs on which the fictional Walford is based?

Returning to the BBC’s internal regulations and Charter obligations, is it not time for your ‘open’ BBC to comply with its own objectivity rules by challenging directly the institutionally anti-BNP and hence anti-white bias displayed by the National Union of Journalists in its Code of Conduct, which bars journalists from reporting the activities of the British National Party except in a way which will damage the party?

Closely related to this is the urgent need for action to prevent BBC reporters and personalities using their recognition as broadcasters to campaign publicly against the British National Party? As you will be aware, Rod Liddle was sacked from Radio 4 on account of comments in a newspaper article attacking the Countryside Alliance. When, therefore, are you going to take action against, for example, Libby Purvis, for her repeated attacks on the BNP, and to warn the rest of your staff that such behaviour is an abuse of their privileged position and hence unacceptable to the BBC?

Finally, I draw your attention to the way in which the BBC’s depiction of ‘racism’ as an overwhelmingly white vice – whether among the public, police recruits or Britain’s only political party which is organised to defend the interests of white ethnic communities – is helping to create a climate of anti-white racism. This problem is growing both within various institutions, but also at street level, leading to a growing epidemic of racist violence directed at members of the white community. Do you not agree that it is time for the BBC, as Britain’s most authoritative news and current affairs reporting network, to cover the racist murder last year by Muslim youth gangs of Ashley Hedger, Chris Yates, Lee Martin, Sean Whyte, Scott Pritchard and Kriss Donald?

I could raise many more points, such as the BBC drama department’s repeated breaching of your ban on stereotypes when portraying BNP members and the members of thinly disguised ‘fictional’ ‘racist’. For the sake of relative brevity, however, I will merely reiterate the specific questions which demand responses:

In view of the fact that the BNP obtained one million votes in elections last year, and that opinion polls show that around two-thirds of the British population agree with our opinion that mass immigration has been harmful to Britain, will you undertake to provide more airtime for the expression of such views, or will you change the BBC’s Guidelines to allow you to pick and chose which strands of opinion are ‘significant’ and which can be ignored?

1) Will you order a review of the ban on BNP spokesmen appearing on Question Time, and make arrangements for party leaders to be given a genuine right of reply to attacks launched by opponents and heavily publicised by the BBC?

2) Will the storylines of East Enders in future reflect real life in areas of inner London where the indigenous population is now a minority, and deal with the fact that this status is not always comfortable?

3) Which is to guide the policy of the BBC with relation to reporting the BNP, your own requirements for objectivity or the anti-democratic Code of Misconduct of the National Union of Journalists?

4) Do you intend to remind all your broadcasting staff that they should not make public comments which display political bias, and that this includes comments about the British National Party?

5) Do you agree that the largely unsolved racist murders by Muslim gangs of six young whites last year alone deserve at least one current affairs programme comparing and contrasting the media wall of silence over their murders with the enormous and seemingly endless commentary on the murder of Stephen Lawrence a decade ago?

6) I look forward to your responses to these six questions, and hope very much that you will be able to assure me that, now that you have had time to get to grips with your job, the BBC will indeed make the changes which this letter clearly shows are so badly needed.

After many years without one, I have recently purchased a television set and satellite dish. I do not watch BBC programmes because I cannot stomach such an unremitting diet of propaganda, yet I am still expected to buy a TV licence. The best parallel would be if I was to go into a newsagent to buy a copy of the Daily Mail only to be told that I could not do so without first buying a copy of the Guardian. This situation is not only an absurd hangover from the days before multi-channel TV, but is also a clear breach of the European Human Rights laws guarantee that all citizens should have equal and free access to news and information.

Despite that, however, I am prepared to buy a TV licence the moment the six BBC failings listed above are put right. If they are not, then I will not only continue to refuse to buy a licence personally, but will also launch a British National Party campaign to encourage our one million firm supporters to do likewise, and to highlight the illegal nature of the BBC’s habit of demanding money with menaces from some of the poorest sections of the community.

Yours sincerely

Nick Griffin
Chairman, British National Party

PS While writing, I take this opportunity to make the following requests under Section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act:

Copies of all guidelines, minutes, protocols, emails and other documents setting out BBC policies for dealing with and reporting on the British National Party;

Copies of all documents (as above) arising from discussions about the appearance or non-appearance of BNP spokesmen on Question Time;

Copies of all documents (as above) concerning editorial decisions on BNP Party Political Broadcasts in the run-up to last June’s European Elections and the forthcoming General Election;

Copies of all documents (as above), including producer’s notes and research material, connected with the making of The Secret Agent programme about the BNP shown last year. This to include copies of all the secretly-shot video footage collected by your operatives during the investigation.

Finally, I would appreciate your giving attention to the fact that the speech of mine from which the BBC showed an extract was a performance copyrighted to me, and examining the question of performance and repeat fees.
Thoughts?
 
#2
We only hear and see what the politicians and the BBC want us to hear and see. Nanny state comes to mind 8O
 
#3
Speaking as someone who has lived, and now works in one of the boroughs of London to which Griffin refers, I must say he's right. It does seem that local councils and the left of centre media are determined to ignore anti-white racism......oh and EastEnders is sh*t!

interesting reference to human rights act and TV licence too,
 
#4
He's right about one thing. As a legitimate party they should be entitled to the same platform as the other parties, no matter how many people (myself included) think they stink.

Edited...he refuses to buy a TV licence as he doesn't watch the BBC. How then, is he so familiar with the plot of Eastenders? Endorsing lawbreaking is just playing into the hands of the Beeb, who will no doubt enjoy seeing him banged up (which can happen) over non-payment.

He's not too bright is he?
 
#6
One Million votes for the BNP last year? How many councillors did they get in again?

This is the same individual who referred to Pte. Beharry's VC as 'A political award"
 
#7
He's an evil little cnut. If you want to agree with him on something, I suggest you write something to the beeb yourself. Far better to say "I wrote this letter" than "I agree with a letter by Nazi Nick Griffin".

The BBC is, and hopefully always will be, independent. It's an institution hated by both left and right, because it refuses to affaliate itself with one side. Sure, its reporters may be left-leaning, so don't you apply to work there yourself?
Sure, it hasn't a clue about the military, but neither do Fox News or Sky. They just tell us what we want to hear. I'm sick of the left V right shite I get over here in the States. We're creating ridiculous conflicts because we don't have any real ones.

Nick Griffin's a white supremacist, clear and simple. Almost all Britons find him revolting. I'm white, proud to be British, and would never let a creature like that sully my reputation.

If we need to quote from letters written by the BNP, it's obvious we're not exercising our democratic right to let large institutions know our opinions. Hiding behind others to represent your views means is tantamount to handing over these democratic rights. Don't complain about a nanny state if you need someone else to speak for you.
 
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This is the same individual who referred to Pte. Beharry's VC as 'A political award"
Just when you think that the scumbag can't go any lower, he manages to do so! :evil:

Would Mr Griffin repeatedly put his life on the line to save anyone? I think not.
 
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PartTimePongo said:
This is the same individual who referred to Pte. Beharry's VC as 'A political award"
The same allegation was made following the VCs awarded for Rorkes Drift - i.e. to take peoples minds off Isleandawa (or however it is spelled)
 
#10
I totally agree cheesypoptart, I have written to the BBC on various issues, also to my MP (sure that did a lot of good) but just cos you hate the wee cnut doesn't mean some of his points aren't valid! The Left v Right thing tends to cloud people judgement as to what's common sense and what's bo**ox.

Until people start to put common sense before politics and political correctness, pr*cks like Griffin will continue to gain support, wrong as it may be. :wink:
 
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#11
As much as I hate to say so, I agree with some of the points that Griffin makes. In essence, as a largely publicly funded institution, I do not believe that the BBC is entitled to have an editorial bias against the BNP. It quite evidently does have this.

In the real world I am something of an historian of British Fascism and I would observe that Fascist/Nationalist parties have done best in this country when their policies have been obscured; either by being ignored, or by being misrepresented and abused by their political opponents. I am confident that most British voters have the wit to see through the BNP's garbage and they will never be elected outisde a few pockets of ethnic tension, but I am equally sure that those who choose to vote for them have the right to do so in this democracy without being abused by the state's broadcaster.
 
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Awol said:
He's right about one thing. As a legitimate party they should be entitled to the same platform as the other parties, no matter how many people (myself included) think they stink.
I think Awol and CP are right. This is the bit that makes me hugely uncomfortable about socialist-dominated 21st Century European politics. At what point does a party or a candidate become illegitimate and who decides? I am not saying that this is impossible to define just that I don't remember there being any kind of a debate, vote or internationally accepted definition of political legitimacy.

Jurg Heider (y'know, that other Austrian bloke) won an election in 2000 only to be told by other European politicians that this wasn't acceptable because he held some offensive views. If he was deemed too 'out there' to win, how come he was allowed to stand in the first place?

Jean Marie Le Pen's share of the vote in France has rocketed from less than 1 per cent to over 17 per cent in about ten years (so Google tells me). Can such a large percentage of the voting population be 'disallowed' without undermining the very core of the democratic process?

Who gave the BBC (or any one of the small handful of unelected news editors out there) the right to deny the 'oxygen of publicity' to a political party? When Maggie did that to PIRA in the eighties she was roundly condemned for it but it would seem that the same journalists are perpetrating the same policy by stealth in the case of the BNP.

I must make it clear at this stage that I pose this as a purely apolitical question. I would not vote for the BNP if my life depended on it but I do find the idea of pre-digested news abhorrent. 1984 anyone?

Awol said:
...he refuses to buy a TV licence as he doesn't watch the BBC. How then, is he so familiar with the plot of Eastenders? Endorsing lawbreaking is just playing into the hands of the Beeb, who will no doubt enjoy seeing him banged up (which can happen) over non-payment.

He's not too bright is he?
But on the other hand, Awol, you only need a licence to own a TV, not to watch one. He could easily have access to a TV in the BNP offices.
 
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stickybomb said:
Awol said:
...he refuses to buy a TV licence as he doesn't watch the BBC. How then, is he so familiar with the plot of Eastenders? Endorsing lawbreaking is just playing into the hands of the Beeb, who will no doubt enjoy seeing him banged up (which can happen) over non-payment.

He's not too bright is he?
But on the other hand, Awol, you only need a licence to own a TV, not to watch one. He could easily have access to a TV in the BNP offices.
Of course. But he's openly stating in his letter that he has no intention of buying a licence even though he has a TV. What can happen next? Either he gets ignored by the authorities (shouts of outrage from licence payers, demands for action) or he gets prosecuted. If he gets prosecuted then he either backs down at some point in a blaze of publicity (humiliating for him) or it goes to the wire and he gets fined etc, refuses to pay, ends up in nick. That will certainly make him a martyr among .5% of the country but there will big smug smiles all round at the BBC. He very publicly loses either way.
 
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Awol said:
stickybomb said:
Awol said:
...he refuses to buy a TV licence as he doesn't watch the BBC. How then, is he so familiar with the plot of Eastenders? Endorsing lawbreaking is just playing into the hands of the Beeb, who will no doubt enjoy seeing him banged up (which can happen) over non-payment.

He's not too bright is he?
But on the other hand, Awol, you only need a licence to own a TV, not to watch one. He could easily have access to a TV in the BNP offices.
Of course, but he's opening stating in his letter that he has no intention of buying a licence even though he has a TV. What can happen next? Either he gets ignored by the authorities (shouts of outrage from licence payers, demands for actioin) or he gets prosecuted. If he gets prosecuted then he either backs down at some point in a blaze of publicity (humiliating for him) or it goes to the wire and he gets fined etc, refuses to pay, ends up in nick. That will certainly make him a martyr among .5% of the country but there will big smug smiles all round at the BBC. He very publicly loses either way.
Well, okay.
But take a look at this.

I particularly like the idea of the last bit about providing an address at point of purchase. :D
 
#15
Nick Griffin is a slimy little toad.

The BCC gets accusations of bias from left and right, sounds like a pretty good endorsment of balance to me. It's not like hard-line Republicans ever accuse Fox of liberalism, or Socialists ever accuse the Guardian of conservative bias.

I'd take the BBC over any British or American news station.
 
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luke said:
Nick Griffin is a slimy little toad.

The BCC gets accusations of bias from left and right, sounds like a pretty good endorsment of balance to me. It's not like hard-line Republicans ever accuse Fox of liberalism, or Socialists ever accuse the Guardian of conservative bias.

I'd take the BBC over any British or American news station.
Try this: http://biased-bbc.blogspot.com
 
#17
nick griffith and the bnp are 2nd rate nazi's and should always be treated with contempt. Austrian flirting with facism needed being told get get back in there box remember what happend last time they tried that game :(
 
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PartTimePongo said:
One Million votes for the BNP last year? How many councillors did they get in again?

This is the same individual who referred to Pte. Beharry's VC as 'A political award"
PTP

Have you got a link/ref for the VC quote, I need it for nefarious purposes...

pip pip
 
#19
luke said:
Nick Griffin is a slimy little toad.

The BCC gets accusations of bias from left and right, sounds like a pretty good endorsment of balance to me. It's not like hard-line Republicans ever accuse Fox of liberalism, or Socialists ever accuse the Guardian of conservative bias.

I'd take the BBC over any British or American news station.
Having lived in the USA and watched their TV I certainly endorse this sentiment. It's true that you appreciate the BBC a lot more when you have had to live without it for a while.
 
#20
I would argue for his freedom of speech and representation - after all, if he gets more coverage for his party, and they can show themselves up to be complete bigots, well, there's no better testimony than from the horses' mouth.

The key principles of freedom of speech do not just apply to one side of the argument, but let's have we the people deciding who is talking poo, not the editorial board of the BBC. After all, we aren't stupid are we?
 

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