Thursday, January 19, 2006

The trial

Nick Griffin, execrable leader of the thoroughly contemptible BNP, is up in court on race hate charge. This is interesting, for a number of reasons, but a few are:

- if his comments are aimed at a religious group, surely they are not racist, per se?

- if his comments are true, is that a defence?

The comments that have led to his arrest relate, in part, to accusations of rape in Bradford. Allowing for this report, these accusations may be true. If they are true, then surely he is exercising a right to free speech? Does it matter if the comments in question are true, under the race hate laws?


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