November 25th, 2009

Wrong target

Posted in The Job - General by 200

It was revealed this week that taxpayers had to fork out £143,000 to pay for security to protect BNP leader, Nick Griffin, during his appearance on the BBC’s Question Time.

Police figures showed it cost £109,000 in police wages with a further £13,000 in overtime pay. The helicopter, transport costs, barriers & sign posting for road closures added another £21,000 to the bill.

Critics have said the BBC should foot the bill. Labour MP Andy Slaughter, whose constituency covers the Television Centre, said: “It was a decision by managers  to put him on the programme so maybe they should put their money where their mouth is. People will be horrified to find out that so much money has been spent giving a fascist party their best ever publicity.”

Anti fascist groups organised a demonstration/picket of the BBC Television Centre & many individuals forced their way through police lines in efforts to breach security & disrupt Griffin’s appearance on the show.

So critics of the show are demanding the BBC pay for an operation to stop people using violence to silence free speech in pursuit of, er, free speech?

What about sending the bill for protection of someone’s safety & possibly life to those who threatened that safety; the people who tried to break the law in order to stop Griffin? Those anti-fascist groups & all the people who tried to get into the BBC might be a good start. If they hadn’t decided to attend in the first place there would not be a requirement to send in the police to stop them tearing Griffin limb from limb.

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  1. Joe says:

    Spot on 200.

    Interesting isn’t it how those who shout loudest about freedom and liberty, defending democratic rights and being “anti” whatever are only prepared to extend tolerence to those who reflect their own [IMHO rather narrow and surprisingly totalitarian] ideas.

    Can’t improve on the old quote to the effect that I disagree absolutely with what you say but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.

    November 25th, 2009 at 21:05

  2. Tony F says:

    “If they hadn’t decided to attend in the first place there would not be a requirement to send in the police to stop them tearing Griffin limb from limb.”

    Ooh, what about their ‘uman rites? To rend someone limb from limb, in a peaceful, none violent manner, like? Innit?

    I have an idea, perhaps all rioters/protesters and their ilk should be made to pay a toll before being allowed near the place of protest? If they don’t cough up, they can be machine gunned. Peacefully.

    November 25th, 2009 at 22:01

  3. Jabadaw says:

    Interesting indeed. I wonder how much it has cost the British taxpayer to protect Salman Rushdie after the publication of his novel the Satanic Verses in 1988. Rushdie wrote this novel in the full knowledge that it would be offensive to muslims. The British police gave him protection so that he could continue to enjoy his socialite life of parties and quaffing champagne.

    November 25th, 2009 at 23:39

  4. Cogidubnus says:

    Ah but Jabadaw, there have been countless books, before and since, which could be deemed to give just as much offence to christians…so what? That’s the price you pay for living in a society where freedom of speech (up to but not beyond the point of bigotry) is valued…

    Logically, in the case you mention, the full bill should surely have been levied on the extreme Muslim clerics who advocated jihad, or death for Rushdie… just as in the case of the christians offended…oh…oh shit…but nobody threatened anybody with death or religious war on their behalf did they…how strange!

    November 25th, 2009 at 23:50

  5. Oi says:

    Exactly right 200.

    Sending the bill to those advocating violence and denial of rights?
    How novel!

    November 26th, 2009 at 03:56

  6. copper bottom says:

    no worries Doc (opps… MTG) I suspect that in future- you will get your wish…

    no Policing of ‘peaceful’ protests like the G20 is coming to a street near you…

    I wonder if you will be willing to personally compensate the owners of the premises that will be subjected to many thousands of pounds of damage?

    November 26th, 2009 at 17:23

  7. 200 says:

    How blissful it must be to live on Planet Grey where all protestors merely want to caress you with tickling sticks & it’s only the police who are violent thugs.

    November 26th, 2009 at 20:59

  8. Jabadaw says:

    MTG wrote ..”Naturally, not a single police officer was disguised and planted in the crowds as a troublesome agent provocateur.”

    Do you really think that the police have spare officers to carry out this role? You really do live in a little world of your own. A legend in your own lunch hour, no doubt?
    In fact every time I read one of your missives, the writings of Alfred Adler come to mind.

    November 27th, 2009 at 12:18

  9. COPPER BOTTOM says:

    Larry… dear boy… Larry…

    November 27th, 2009 at 15:45

  10. anon says:

    The last time Copperbottom took his brains to a pub quiz he dropped the jar.

    November 27th, 2009 at 20:06

  11. copper bottom says:

    whereas you, dear boy, have never owned that particular organ…

    November 28th, 2009 at 14:33

  12. anon says:

    Someone other than you would want to?

    November 28th, 2009 at 14:51

  13. copper bottom says:


    get a job, have a bath, pay some tax, get a life and read more….

    November 29th, 2009 at 13:37

  14. anon says:

    It is not enough to win. I love the child response to checkmate when the board goes up, pieces fly and tears fall!

    Until I see that, I am never really satisfied. Thank you so much.

    November 29th, 2009 at 14:08

  15. Jabadaw says:

    MTG = Me. Thick Git.

    November 29th, 2009 at 18:24

  16. copper bottom says:

    the pursuit of winning for winnings sake is childish.

    November 30th, 2009 at 19:32

  17. anon says:

    It is no real tragedy that copper bottom failed to understand or define anything worthwhile as a goal. For him it was enough to be one of a myriad drops under the influence of a great ocean current.

    More interesting individuals rise and tell you where they are
    going, what plans they have along the way and with whom they will share their adventures. For this elite, winning is everything.

    November 30th, 2009 at 22:10

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