BNP leader inspires egg-throwing

Prime Minister Gordon Brown isn’t the only one receiving some abuse in British politics. The British National Party experienced success in the EU elections yesterday with two party members winning seats in the British Parliament — far-right BNP leader Nick Griffin is now a target of the opposition’s disapproval. Today, Griffin had eggs thrown at ...

585132_090609_griffin2.jpg
585132_090609_griffin2.jpg
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 09: British National Party leader Nick Griifin (C) is hit by an egg as demonstrators try to disrupt a press conference outside Parliament on June 9, 2009 in London, England. Mr Griffin and his fellow party member Andrew Brons were elected to the European Parliament in last week's elections. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Prime Minister Gordon Brown isn't the only one receiving some abuse in British politics. The British National Party experienced success in the EU elections yesterday with two party members winning seats in the British Parliament -- far-right BNP leader Nick Griffin is now a target of the opposition's disapproval.

Today, Griffin had eggs thrown at him at a press conference by protesters as they shouted "off our streets Nazi scum!" and chased him down the street. In response, the party leader said:

Prime Minister Gordon Brown isn’t the only one receiving some abuse in British politics. The British National Party experienced success in the EU elections yesterday with two party members winning seats in the British Parliament — far-right BNP leader Nick Griffin is now a target of the opposition’s disapproval.

Today, Griffin had eggs thrown at him at a press conference by protesters as they shouted “off our streets Nazi scum!” and chased him down the street. In response, the party leader said:

They are silly left wing students, lecturers and probably civil service parasites off on their lunch break. This is a mob for hire. This does not represent the normal people…

I will recommend they prosecute the people who are arranging illegal protests like this. Anyone who seeks to use violence for political ends is well on the road to Zimbabwe and Britain is well on its way to that at the moment.”

When Griffin stood to make his acceptance speech after winning a seat for the northwest region yesterday, the other candidates left the stage in protest. In 1998, Griffin was convicted of incitement to racial hatred.

Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

More from Foreign Policy

A Panzerhaubitze 2000 tank howitzer fires during a mission in Ukraine’s Donetsk region.
A Panzerhaubitze 2000 tank howitzer fires during a mission in Ukraine’s Donetsk region.

Lessons for the Next War

Twelve experts weigh in on how to prevent, deter, and—if necessary—fight the next conflict.

An illustration showing a torn Russian flag and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
An illustration showing a torn Russian flag and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

It’s High Time to Prepare for Russia’s Collapse

Not planning for the possibility of disintegration betrays a dangerous lack of imagination.

An unexploded tail section of a cluster bomb is seen in Ukraine.
An unexploded tail section of a cluster bomb is seen in Ukraine.

Turkey Is Sending Cold War-Era Cluster Bombs to Ukraine

The artillery-fired cluster munitions could be lethal to Russian troops—and Ukrainian civilians.

A joint session of Congress meets to count the Electoral College vote from the 2008 presidential election the House Chamber in the U.S. Capitol  January 8, 2009 in Washington.
A joint session of Congress meets to count the Electoral College vote from the 2008 presidential election the House Chamber in the U.S. Capitol January 8, 2009 in Washington.

Congrats, You’re a Member of Congress. Now Listen Up.

Some brief foreign-policy advice for the newest members of the U.S. legislature.