Banning Griffin is a cop-out

The BNP's Nick Griffin- as handsome as he is clever.

I have no time for the arguments of the European far right.

They are essentially based on the fallacy that one people is somehow intrinsically better than another, and that geographical coincidence at birth somehow endows a birthright at the expense of others.

But however stupid that sounds, banning Nick Griffin from speaking at a Trinity College debate on immigration is a breathtaking act of cowardice.

The organisers say that they “cannot guarantee” security at the event, which of course is horse manure.

We’ve had visits from the Queen and the President of the USA this year, but somehow we can’t deal with a few protestors and supporters of a holocaust-denying racist?

The truth is that either they don’t want to do it, or they are using it as a flag of convenience to deal with an uncomfortable situation and muzzle Griffin without saying so. Either way, the result is the same.

If the point of their intellectual cowardice is to silence Griffin and stop the spread of his daft ideas, it has already failed.

Shallow, hateful ideologies like his thrive in the darkness- drag them out into the light and, like vampires, they wither and die.

I once debated with a far-right racist who attempted to batter me with facts about immigration.

Not knowing that I lived in Scandinavia, he proceeded to throw out all kinds of statistics about a “muslim rape wave” (his words, not mine) in Sweden in particular.

My simple response was that I live there, and I had never heard of it.

The debate ended abruptly.

But it is virtually impossible to guarantee the democratic rights of one person whilst impinging on those of another.

And doubtless those protesting his appearance are the same people who whine hysterically about Bradley Manning being incarcerated.

But freedom of speech is not an “a la carte” idea- you’re either for it, or you’re not.

Let Griffin come to Dublin, and let him speak.

Let people here his hysterical ramblings about Muslims and blacks and how they threaten our way of life and how all they want to do is get welfare and have babies.

Then remember what was said about the Irish in America and in the United Kingdom over the last two centuries, and ask yourself which is true.

As a rule, political parties like Griffin’s ultimately fail because those involved have neither the interest in nor the skill for politics required. Their first taste of power and money is often their undoing.

Sweden Democrat's William Petzäll, who has struggled with a drink problem since being elected. By the look of him, his drink of choice is vodka and orange.....

As an example, the poster boy of the Sweden Democrats, William Petzäll, has become a political cuckoo.

He was one of their success stories; elected by SD voters, he has struggled with drink and drugs and since left the party but not resigned the seat.

Rumour has it he demanded money from the party to do so.

Petzäll’s lack of political nous was quickly shown up in both the chamber and the media, and he continues to embarrass himself and his former party comrades every time he opens his mouth. Needless to say no other party would touch him with a barge pole.

As it would be with Griffin.

If the bluffers of Trinity’s Philosophical Society ultimately want to stop the spread of Griffin’s poisonous ideas, they would do well to give him a platform.

Nothing would contribute more to the collapse of his philosophy than seeing his hatred stillborn on the floor of an Irish debating chamber.

8 responses to “Banning Griffin is a cop-out

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  2. The Phil didn’t pull it on ideological grounds – they withdrew the invitation because they could not guarantee the safety of their staff and students. You weren’t there on Thursday night when, at a debate regarding academic disciplines, 14 violent adult males in no way associated with the College stormed the GMB and threatened the Phil’s president. What the hell do you think it’d have been like the next week? Get off your high horse and get the facts; no debating society should be willing to compromise health and safety and it would have been irresponsible to go ahead with the debate. It’s most unfortunate, but the decision to withdraw the invitation was a victory for common, logistical sense.

  3. So is the Phil going to give up debating? The point stands- college security is for the college and for the Gardaí to worry about- or would you rather the likes of the “14 violent adult males” should have their way?

  4. Concerning the rape/crime wave in Sweden it is very real. Everyone and his dog knows that it’s real except people who’s only view of the world is through the current media establishment. The situation is the same in Norway but there the media have no trouble pointing the finger at the guilty ones. Police statistics show that 99,8% of all sexual assaults in Oslo last year were carried out by Non-European immigrants.

    At the same time whole sections of Malmö is being turned into “No-Go”-areas for police, rescue services and ethnic swedes.

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  7. “Frankness and honesty?”. Are you a comedian?

    Here’s what you wrote:

    “Police statistics show that 99,8% of all sexual assaults in Oslo last year were carried out by Non-European immigrants.”

    What your link actually shows is that victims report that 45 of 48 suspects in a specific type of case (‘overfallsvoldtekter’) are “dark-skinned”.

    So it’s not even “99.8%” of a specific tye of sexual assault, and certainly not of all sexual assaults as you claim. That level of sourcing, proof and spin may work on the Stormfront message board, but not in the real world Sven.

    Of course, if you’d bothered to read the link you posted, you’d see that the article actually contradicts your own hysterical “99,8%”- it says that 35% of those accused of rape (note: not convicted) were “ethnic Norwegians” and 61% were Norwegian citizens.

    So why should I prove you wrong when you’re perfectly capable of doing it yourself?

    To sum up- embarrassing, idiotic, hysterical rubbish.

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