While I am sure Nick Griffin has a right to wear the poppy, I found it amusing to note that the real holders of the poppy image, the British Legion, got furious with him. I quote:
The Royal British Legion has accused Nick Griffin, the BNP leader, of trying to politicise "one of the nation's most treasured and beloved symbols" after he repeatedly wore a poppy badge during the European parliament election campaign.
In an open letter in tomorrow's Guardian the armed forces charity said it had written privately to Griffin last month "appealing to his sense of honour" and asking him not to wear the badge or any other emblem associated with the legion.
Griffin, one of two BNP candidates elected to the European parliament last week, ignored the request and wore the badge at campaign events including the party's televised election broadcast.
Yesterday the British Legion demanded that Griffin stop using the armed forces to further the BNP's agenda.
"The poppy is the symbol of sacrifices made by British armed forces in conflicts both past and present and it has been paid for with blood and valour," the letter says.
"True valour deserves respect regardless of a person's ethnic origin, and everyone who serves or has served their country deserves nothing less … [our national chairman] appealed to your sense of honour. But you have responded by continuing to wear the poppy. So now we're no longer asking you privately. Stop it, Mr Griffin. Just stop it."
But then, as I have said so many times, Nick Griffin and the BNP aren't exactly the brightest lights in the political firmament. They suffer heavily because of the incoherence of their platform and are desperate to grab any kind of respectability. So they go about trying to rub up against true national hero’s like the soldiers or the war. But it usually backfires. Here’s another example:
The legion's demand follows criticism of the BNP from Winston Churchill's family after the party used his image and quotes from one of his speeches in its campaign. Churchill's grandson, Nicholas Soames, described the BNP as "monstrous" and said its use of Churchill was "offensive and disgusting".
The BNP was also caught up in a dispute with 1940s singer Vera Lynn after she objected to the party selling copies of her White Cliffs of Dover CD on its website to fund its European election campaign.
But guess this? I mean, come on, Nick, are you really THAT pathetic that you are going to say this?
Griffin said he had worn the badge in solidarity with injured British soldiers returning from Afghanistan. He added that he would stop wearing it if troops recovering in hospitals in the UK were not charged to watch television.
Bleah, you are such an incoherent idiot. Do you actually know there are non-white soldiers in the army? And you are actually asking for benefits for them? surely that goes against your manifesto, no? lol. What an idiot.