Saturday, October 24, 2009

One in four Britons would now consider voting for BNP

From the Telegraph (UK)

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More than a fifth of the public would consider voting for the British National Party, according to the first opinion poll taken since the appearance of its leader, Nick Griffin, on Question Time.



Support for the party has increased in the last month, a survey for The Daily Telegraph indicated.

The findings will lead to accusations that the BBC’s decision to invite the far-Right MEP on to its flagship current affairs programme may have backfired by giving him a national platform.

The YouGov poll was taken hours after Mr Griffin’s appearance on Thursday, before which anti-fascist protesters rioted outside BBC Television Centre in London.

The survey found that 22 per cent of voters would “seriously consider” voting for the BNP in a future local, general or European election. This included four per cent who said they would “definitely” consider voting for the party, three per cent who would “probably” consider it, and 15 per cent who said they were “possible” BNP voters.

Two-thirds said they would not consider voting for the party “under any circumstances” with the rest unsure.

Mr Griffin’s performance, during which he was challenged about his views on the Holocaust, immigration, Islam and homosexuality, has divided the political establishment. Some senior figures criticised the BBC for inviting him on to the programme.

David Lammy, the Higher Education Minister and one of the first black men to serve in a British government, gave warning of a potential rise in racist and anti-Semitic attacks, saying he was “very worried about the days which will follow”.

More than half of those questioned said they agreed with the BNP, or thought that it “had a point” in wishing to “speak up for the interests of the indigenous, white British people ... which successive governments have done far too little to protect.”

This included 43 per cent who said that, while they shared some of its concerns, they had “no sympathy for the party itself”.

Twelve per cent said they completely agreed with the BNP, while 38 per cent said they “disagree totally with the BNP’s political outlook”.

YouGov found that overall voter support for the party had risen from two to three per cent since last month.

The party claimed that 3,000 people had registered to sign up as members since Mr Griffin’s Question Time appearance. The BBC is likely to face further questions if Mr Griffin’s appearance results in a rise in racial assaults.

France’s far-Right leader, Jean-Marie Le Pen, praised the corporation for inviting the BNP to appear and predicted the party would enjoy a surge as a result.

In a vindication of the BBC’s stance, however, the poll showed that nearly three quarters of the public supported the decision to invite Mr Griffin to appear, compared with 63 per cent when the same question was asked last week.

Labour encouraged mass immigration to help socially engineer a “multicultural” country and to try to “rub the Right’s nose in diversity”, according to Andrew Neather, a former adviser to Tony Blair.

[How the BNP described the event:
Throughout today a flood of public sympathy has been deluging our telephone and email systems. The BBC, Lib-Lab-Con and the media have truly turned the BNP into the obvious opposition to the political elite. The media have slammed the BNP in recent times for pretending to be the victims of political and media bias - thanks to the huge own goal of a stage-managed Question Time ambush they have, without a shadow of doubt, turned the BNP into the victims of British politics and the only party that is not afraid to say what everyone actually thinks.]

4 Opinion(s):

WHITEADDER said...

Was interesting to watch how the
"oh so liberal and peaceloving " professional shitstirrers were bussed in before the event. I have seen this time and again in my life. Commie agitators at work supported by commie media.

Islandshark said...

Whatever your views on BNP and Nick Griffin, he was the ONLY panel member who didn't interrupt other speakers and behaved in a decent manner.

Nice one, Nick. You exposed the Leftist Liberal Loser Lackeys for what they are - scum of the earth.

Exzanian said...

Is it not ironic to see the left displaying such animal blood lust and hatred towards a minority? If they could get Griffin alone, without bodyguards, they would tear him limb from limb with their bare hands. Hate filled Hypocrites.

Islandshark said...

@ Exzanian: Exactly!! Seems like the liberal left can never practise what they preach.

You said it - hate-filled hypocrites.