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Daily Mail Story of the Week: But is it Art?

Daily Mail Story of the Week: But is it Art?

It’s incredibly hard keeping up with the Daily Mail and their stories about Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. I am convinced that if I were to analyse every story like that over the last couple of years alone, I could write a pretty hefty book about it. Of course, the book would itself generate its very own lurid Daily Mail headline – it’s enough to make one’s head implode. Read the rest of this entry »

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Where will this nonsense end?

Where will this nonsense end?

Like many other interested commentators I will be watching Question Time and the appearance of BNP chairman Nick Griffin on Thursday evening; maybe then a line can be drawn under this subject and we can all get back to the serious business of sorting out this country.

Since the announcement was made, Griffin has come under attack from all sides – the Government, the rabble of the hard left, the conservative right, and now the British Army. Griffin has – in his own peculiar style – attempted to deflect this criticism, but has only succeeded in digging a hole for himself and providing mischievous journalists with ample opportunities to twist a word here and there in search of a suitably lurid headline. It has become rather laughable.

The latest spat involving Griffin and the leadership of the Army is a case in point: for a long time, the BNP has claimed to be the only political party on the side of “our boys” out in Afghanistan and Iraq – fair enough I suppose, as the Government has continued to make a pig’s ear of proceedings and the opposition – bar a few of the old Tory stalwarts – have offered little in the way of any practical solutions.

In fairness, I don’t think anyone can doubt that the average rank-and-file member of the BNP wants to get the troops out of these dust-ridden hellholes and bring them back home; where things do hit the rails however is when Griffin and his publicity office put out statements claiming that this support is somehow being reciprocated by the armed services. Such a tactic was always going to be slapped down by the military leadership – and it was no surprise when Generals Sir Richard Dannatt and Sir Mike Jackson came out strongly against the BNP and their rather puerile attempt to co-opt the miltary.

It is pretty clear that Griffin was going to be slightly hacked off at this – but his reaction has been nothing short of bizarre. In his half-baked attempt to flip back the “Nazi” accusations and compare the British military leadership to the generals who were hanged at Nuremberg, he has made himself look like a prize idiot from whichever angle you look at it. The first angle is obvious – by comparing the British military leadership with the Nazis, he is never going to win any plus points he is trying to win over; the second angle is slightly more controversial in that it is worth pointing out that many of those in the German military that were tried at Nuremberg were simply following a chain of command, and that the charge of “waging aggressive warfare” – which Griffin is cynically using to his own advantage – was a little more than a case of victor’s justice. Which, of course, would make his position just as absurd.

It is probably true that if Generals Dannatt and Jackson were on the other side during the Second World War they would have probably gone to the gallows, much like poor old Generaloberst Alfred Jodl who – when the heat had died down – was posthumously and very quietly acquitted of all charges that had been made against him at Nuremberg.

Griffin’s response to the Army top brass perhaps reveals what he really thinks about the services – namely, that they are simply there to be used a propaganda tool and little else. The Generals are “war criminals” for having the temerity to distance themselves from his political party, but had they offered any kind of support it is likely that any “criminal” conduct would have been enthusiastically overlooked. One can imagine Griffin or one of his pals waiting to receive potential supporters as they arrive back from Iraq and Afghanistan – and then, when being told to fuck off, goes into a hissy fit and says that he diddunt want to be their fwend anyway. It’s infantile, schoolyard stuff: if the BNP really cared about the military it would not matter what the military thought of them – their support would be in every instance unconditional.

Of course, this story has allowed journalists to get away with all sorts of word manipulation – for example while Griffin did compare the British Army leadership with that of the Wehrmacht, he didn’t serve up the statement attributed to him in The TimesBNP: British generals should be hanged for war crimes.

If anyone should be hauled up in front of a court on war crimes charges, it should be the meddlers and political intriguers who ordered the Generals to sent the troops out in the first place: in short, we should be looking no further than former Prime Minister Tony Blair and his “fifteen minute WMD” minions.

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