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  • Marmite sues BNP; they keep fighting amongst themselves

    by Sunny
    22nd April, 2010 at 1:47 pm    

    Two brilliant pieces of news today.

    Marmite sues BNP! Oh the number of puns that could apply here…

    Marmite is beginning legal action against the British National Party after an image of a Marmite jar was used on a political broadcast without its permission, the company said.

    “It has been brought to our attention that the British National Party has included a Marmite jar in a political broadcast shown currently online. ‘We want to make it absolutely clear that Marmite did not give the BNP permission to use a pack shot of our product in their broadcast. Neither Marmite nor any other Unilever brand are aligned to any political party.

    ”We are currently initiating injunction proceedings against the BNP to remove the Marmite jar from the online broadcast and prevent them from using it in future.”

    Then, it turns out Nick Griffin is furious that one of his people is trying to steal the limelight.

    I’ve picked up news that the BNP is planning some sort of St George’s Day parade in Barking on Friday morning. It fact, it may well turn out to be their election launch despite them telling the press that it will be in Stoke-on-Trent. Perhaps they are having two launches.

    In previous years local BNP leader Richard Barnbrook has ridden through the East London borough on a white horse. Griffin it appears is not impressed and is telling those around him that in no circumstances must Barnbrook ride the horse.

    With Griffin being criticised over the poor election campaign it’ll be interesting to know who carries the day.

    A horse ban?? It’s political correctness gawn maaaad!

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    1. KJB — on 22nd April, 2010 at 1:49 pm  

      OK, I liked Marmite. NOW I LOVE MARMITE.

    2. James Z — on 22nd April, 2010 at 3:03 pm  

      Have you been following any polls during this debate? It’s crazy how much the Lib Dems are leading at the moment. - is a good one, and the BNP have 0% :)

    3. Sunny — on 22nd April, 2010 at 3:24 pm  

      Have I been following the elections?

      Jeez, just have a look at the Twitter feed on the left. I’m overdosing on the election.

      It’ll be like Obama election all over again. After May 7th I won’t know what to do with my time…

    4. Don — on 22nd April, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    5. Yakoub — on 22nd April, 2010 at 5:54 pm  

      Jars of Marmite make excellent missiles, I’m told. Not that I’d ever suggest throwing one at Nick Griffin’s head. Why waste a decent jar of Marmite?

    6. damon — on 22nd April, 2010 at 6:11 pm  

      Being in Northen Ireland, I’m underdosing at the moment.
      Even if I was registered I wouldn’t know who to vote for.

    7. Jai — on 22nd April, 2010 at 7:07 pm  

      I’ve picked up news that the BNP is planning some sort of St George’s Day parade in Barking on Friday morning. It fact, it may well turn out to be their election launch

      How very multicultural of the BNP to launch their election manifesto on a day commemorating a Turkish saint from a religion originating in the Middle East.

    8. Anwar — on 22nd April, 2010 at 8:41 pm  

      The BNP do seem to be like Marmite. You either love it or you hate it.

    9. Roger — on 23rd April, 2010 at 5:36 am  

      A very apt patron saint actually:

      “George, surnamed the Cappadocian, was born at Epiphania in Cilicia, in a fuller’s shop. From this obscure and servile origin he raised himself by the talents of a parasite; and the patrons, whom he assiduously flattered, procured for their worthless dependent a lucrative commission, or contract, to supply the army with bacon. His employment was mean; he rendered it infamous. He accumulated wealth by the basest arts of fraud and corruption; but his malversations were so notorious, that George was compelled to escape from the pursuits of justice.

      After this disgrace, in which he appears to have saved his fortune at the expense of his honor, he embraced, with real or affected zeal, the profession of Arianism. From the love, or the ostentation, of learning, he collected a valuable library of history rhetoric, philosophy, and theology.

      Soon the prevailing faction promoted George of Cappadocia to the throne of Athanasius. The entrance of the new archbishop was that of a Barbarian conqueror; and each moment of his reign was polluted by cruelty and avarice. The Catholics of Alexandria and Egypt were abandoned to a tyrant, qualified, by nature and education, to exercise the office of persecution; but he oppressed with an impartial hand the various inhabitants of his extensive diocese.

      The primate of Egypt assumed the pomp and insolence of his lofty station; but he still betrayed the vices of his base and servile extraction. The merchants of Alexandria were impoverished by the unjust, and almost universal, monopoly, which he acquired, of nitre, salt, paper, funerals, &c.: and the spiritual father of a great people condescended to practise the vile and pernicious arts of an informer.

      The Alexandrians could never forget, nor forgive, the tax, which he suggested, on all the houses of the city; under an obsolete claim, that the royal founder had conveyed to his successors, the Ptolemies and the Caesars, the perpetual property of the soil. The Pagans, who had been flattered with the hopes of freedom and toleration, excited his devout avarice; and the rich temples of Alexandria were either pillaged or insulted by the haughty prince, who exclaimed, in a loud and threatening tone, “How long will these sepulchres be permitted to stand?” Under the reign of Constantius, he was expelled by the fury, or rather by the justice, of the people; and it was not without a violent struggle, that the civil and military powers of the state could restore his authority, and gratify his revenge.

      The messenger who proclaimed at Alexandria the accession of Julian, announced the downfall of the archbishop. George, with two of his obsequious ministers, Count Diodorus, and Dracontius, master of the mint were ignominiously dragged in chains to the public prison. At the end of twenty-four days, the prison was forced open by the rage of a superstitious multitude, impatient of the tedious forms of judicial proceedings. The enemies of gods and men expired under their cruel insults; the lifeless bodies of the archbishop and his associates were carried in triumph through the streets on the back of a camel; and the inactivity of the Athanasian party was esteemed a shining example of evangelical patience. The remains of these guilty wretches were thrown into the sea; and the popular leaders of the tumult declared their resolution to disappoint the devotion of the Christians, and to intercept the future honors of these martyrs, who had been punished, like their predecessors, by the enemies of their religion.

      The fears of the Pagans were just, and their precautions ineffectual. The meritorious death of the archbishop obliterated the memory of his life. The rival of Athanasius was dear and sacred to the Arians, and the seeming conversion of those sectaries introduced his worship into the bosom of the Catholic church.

      The odious stranger, disguising every circumstance of time and place, assumed the mask of a martyr, a saint, and a Christian hero; and the infamous George of Cappadocia has been transformed into the renowned St. George of England, the patron of arms, of chivalry, and of the garter. ”

      However, he does seem to have been more commercially able than Griffin.

    10. Kismet Hardy — on 23rd April, 2010 at 10:17 am  

      Marmite is brown

    11. piya — on 23rd April, 2010 at 1:10 pm  

      Hi sunny,

      Wish I had had some marmite to throw with the eggs when we were outside the commons protesting against the BNP after the EU election results.
      Although there were loads of us that day (quite a few union activists and young labour researchers) I was one of only TWO non-white protestors in that crowd that day. Didn’t stop them finding the one shot with both of us in it and plastering it over their national front sites claiming we were blocking their democratic right to freedom of speech.

      Needless to say eggs and chants and some tactical guerrilla -esque surrounding pushed them off the green patch opposite the palace where the camera crews usually set up.

      Griffin’s bolshy thugs looked so pathetic when they nearly ran over some poor tourist whilst scrambling away.
      We got a lot of stick from some people saying that we shouldn’t have tried to stop him giving media interviews. My opinion is that we got BBC coverage of the right point of view. We showed them ( and everyone else watchin) that there are people that wont stand for it and that their fascist policies are not representative of the British public at large.

      On the other hand, I have to say it was brilliant watching him on question time showing himself up for the absolute fascist and low-life zero brain-celled giggling fool he is. Classic moment had to be when he tried to defend his ‘non-violent kkk’ mates !!

      Literally unbelievable!

      I guess I’m interested in what your opinion is as to whether we did the right thing stopping him from getting face time with the media that day, given that you are a left-loving Asian journalist… where do you stand on this?

    12. Kismet Hardy — on 23rd April, 2010 at 1:43 pm  

      getting egg-on his face time with media that day sounds fine to me…

    13. Henry — on 23rd April, 2010 at 3:10 pm  


      Well aside from the obvious questions that include:

      Who are you to decide who can and can’t be heard in a democracy?

      Who are you to silence elected representatives, especially as not one of you have ever been elected, and have no mandate?

      Who are you to decide which polices are acceptable in a democracy?

      If you feel so sure that you represent anyone other then your own extreme-left perspective, then why don’t you stand for elections and participate in democracy?
      How can you call yourself anti-fascists when the tactics you use are the very ones used by the fascist themselves?

      Aside from all that, why do you think it is acceptable for your group to indiscriminately throw darts into a crowd to attack political opponents?

      Why do you think you have the right to use violence against legal political parties you disagree with?

    14. douglas clark — on 23rd April, 2010 at 3:31 pm  

      Try again,

      Just out of curiosity, has anyone seen Nick Griffin on the media recently?

    15. George — on 24th April, 2010 at 2:03 am  

      I was going to say something witty about the marmite. But I see I have been beaten to the mark by Kirsty. But its the only thing that made me laugh out loud so far in this election.

    16. Joseph — on 24th April, 2010 at 10:31 pm  

      Personally both Marmite and the BNP reek of crap!

    17. rising damp — on 24th April, 2010 at 10:36 pm  

      And you stink of piss

    18. Joseph — on 25th April, 2010 at 3:32 am  

      Wow that’s a grown up comment!

    19. rising damp — on 25th April, 2010 at 3:33 am  

      Wow yours was a grown up comment!

    20. Jai — on 26th April, 2010 at 8:06 pm  


      Just out of curiosity, has anyone seen Nick Griffin on the media recently?

      He was interviewed for about 5 minutes by Jeremy Paxman on the weekend edition of Newsnight on Saturday. Paxman did a pretty effective job of highlighting Griffin’s persistent dishonesty, especially the fact that — regardless of the contents of their new manifesto — the BNP’s proposed policies don’t actually solve the problems which they claim to be identifying, particularly those focusing on non-white people.

      This was demonstrated most of all by the fact that, despite the allegedly “voluntary” nature of the BNP’s repatriation policy and their intention to stop all immigration from Muslim-majority countries in particular, Griffin persistently refused to give an answer to the question of exactly what a BNP government would do with Muslims who are already citizens of Britain. Basically the same type of issues and pattern of behaviour recently identified on PP’s “The BNP and the Killer Question” article.

      Griffin also gave some dubious answers when Paxman grilled him about what he regards as “indigenously British”. In a nutshell, Griffin’s slippery and waffly explanation can be summarised as “whoever can pass for white”. Again, all very predictable.

      I’m sure you’d be able to view the interview on the BBC’s iPlayer service or on Youtube somewhere.

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