Should the BNP leader Nick Griffin have been allowed to attend the 2010 Buckingham Palace garden party?

BNP leader Nick Griffin has been refused entry to the Buckingham Palace garden party. The invitation resulted from his status as an elected member of the European Parliament but was then withdrawn. This reportedly occured for several reasons. These include his political use of the invititation, the negative effect his presence would have on security and the discomfort he'd cause to guests. Was the Queen correct to refuse his presence?

 

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Should the BNP leader Nick Griffin have been allowed to attend the 2010 Buckingham Palace garden party?

Yes because... No because...

he was invited

He was invited as a representative of a political party and the British people which should have been respected. Whether he was picked out of a hat or lottery HRH invited him. Therefore, that decision should have been honoured and he should have been allowed in.

Maybe he should not have been invited in the first place BECAUSE he shouldn't have been allowed to go.

Should the BNP leader Nick Griffin have been allowed to attend the 2010 Buckingham Palace garden party?

Yes because... No because...

He made a non-political event political

The revoking of his invitation created the publicity which Nick Griffin so desperately desires. Had he been allowed to attend, he would have generated less publicity than he was able to.

The invitation extended to the leader of the BNP was always going to be controversial. Firstly, The Palace could be seen to be endorsing his party by allowing him to attend a Palace garden party. Secondly, Nick Griffin, a man who is not adverse to media attention, would use the opportunity to promote his party and their policies. However, by simply attending the garden party, Mr Griffin would not have gained the significant media attention that he did through being refused admission to the party.

His blatant attempt to boast on national TV that he is representing a million voters at the palace was intended to shock and provoke Palace advisors and officials. When refused admission to the garden party, he went straight to the media for an interview, blaming the Government for the decision rather than the Queen, arrogantly trying to prove to the nation that he is the model British patriot and a man who can see through a meddling Government trying to hinder the progress of a democratically elected and legitimate party in the BNP.[[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-10723764]]

The reality however, is that Nick Griffin used his Palace invitation as a political stunt to gain media coverage for a party who, even by Nick Griffin's admission, failed at the last election.[[http://bnptv.org.uk/2010/06/chairmans-trafalgar-club-speech-2010/]] The Palace should have simply ignored his media stunt and allowed him entry. Then the whole affair would have been avoided and the BNP would not have been splashed all over the newspapers once more. The BNP are both extremist and opportunistic but notably also a small party. They gain more coverage than say UKIP (who have had greater political success at the 2010 general election) or the Green Party simply because of their manipulationm and drive for the attention, of the media.[[http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/election2010/results/]] The best method to deal with the BNP is through debate and picking apart their extremist views for what they are. By refusing Nick Griffin entry the Palace simply gave them what they were looking for. Media attention.

Nick Griffin was invited to the garden party because he is a member of the European Parliament. All other MEP's were also invited to the event. The reason the invitation was revoked was because he had decided to start making the Queen's garden party political. On his website he not only bragged, in a most crass way about his invitation, he asked members of the BNP to suggest things that he should talk to the Queen about.[[http://www.bnp.org.uk/news/tea-queen-your-suggestions-required]]
Nick Griffin used the invitation for 'party political advantage' according to Buckingham Palace.[[http://www.royal.gov.uk/LatestNewsandDiary/Pressreleases/Pressreleases.aspx]] His use of it to generate media attention was clearly not appropriate to such an event. If the Queen felt that he was going to upset guests by his presence then it is only right that he is asked to leave.

Nick Griffin also mentioned in a Trafalgar Club speech uploaded onto a video on the BNP website that this invitation could be used to keep the BNP in the eye of the media.[[http://bnptv.org.uk/2010/06/chairmans-trafalgar-club-speech-2010/]]

The Queen tries extremely hard to stay unpolitical. The approach taken by Nick Griffin was completely inappropriate for the occasion and as such it was quite right that his invitation was withdrawn.

Should the BNP leader Nick Griffin have been allowed to attend the 2010 Buckingham Palace garden party?

Yes because... No because...

No

I cannot believe that his communication team wasn't the one tellling the press he was invited. I don't care for his politics but that is just underhand.

Should the BNP leader Nick Griffin have been allowed to attend the 2010 Buckingham Palace garden party?

Yes because... No because...

Never!!

He Is Racist, Self-Centred, Overweight, Pompous Old Fart! He Shouldn't Be Allowed To Attend ANYTHING

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