Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/599/8290

From The Socialist newspaper, 28 October 2009

BBC Griffin protest: Jobs and homes, not racism!

PROTESTERS AGAINST the British National Party (BNP) gathered at the entrance to BBC headquarters from early in the morning of 22 October.

Matt Dobson

It was to protest at the BBC's decision to allow the BNP's leader Nick Griffin a platform for his racist ideology on the flagship TV programme, Question Time. By the early evening the number of protesters had swelled to over 1,000, who blocked the main road outside the Shepherd's Bush studios.

The majority of protesters were young people, with large turnouts from London universities.

As well as wanting to voice their anger at Griffin's presence and the BBC, they wanted to discuss the way forward for building an effective movement against the BNP and the far right. 20 wanted more information about the Socialist Party and over 70 copies of The Socialist were sold.

Workers exiting nearby tube stations and the BBC building on their way home to watch Question Time were attracted to Socialist Party stalls where the slogan "Unite and fight for jobs for all - Stop the BNP" stood out on our posters.

Many signed our petition "for jobs, homes and services not racism". There was some discussion and debate over whether Nick Griffin should have been allowed a platform on Question Time. All who signed the petition, including trade unionists from broadcasting union Bectu and the RMT transport union, and young people, agreed that the trade unions need to mobilise against the BNP.

Many were also interested in what we had to say about fighting for a new workers' party that could challenge the racism of the BNP in national political debate. This unfortunately was not reflected in the strategy put forward by the platform speakers at the rally organised by Unite Against Fascism.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 28 October 2009:

Support postal workers

Support post workers, this is no time to equivocate

Postal strike reports: Defending the service


Anti-racism

BBC Question Time panel - Workers' voice denied against BNP

BBC Griffin protest: Jobs and homes, not racism!

Far right shut out of Newport by mass protest


Socialism 2009

Socialism 2009 forum - can we build a party for working class people?


Youth fight for jobs

Huddersfield march for jobs

Young musicians support YFJ

Cardiff Socialist Student elected


Anti-war

Afghanistan: anti-war demo

Tamil Solidarity fights for boat refugees


Socialist Party news and analysis

Darling you're talking rubbish!

Energy giant 'fanciful to the point of paranoia'


Marxist analysis

80th anniversary of the Wall Street Crash: Capitalist failure - then and now


Workplace news and analysis

Strikes sweep across Yorkshire

Leeds bin strike: 92% vote to reject council's 'final' offer

Battle for jobs in Land Registry

Ex Ford/Visteon pensioners protest in Swansea

Leicester uni cuts protest


Socialist Party feature

Call centres - public services on the cheap


Marxist analysis: history

Newport Rising 1839


Comment

Daily Mail homophobia


Socialist Party reviews

Film review - Capitalism: a love story

Conspirator: Lenin in Exile


 

Home   |   The Socialist 28 October 2009   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

BBC:

triangleOctober 1917 reviews: 'More bright than any heaven'

triangleThe Socialist Inbox

triangleBBC yawning pay gaps revealed

triangleLondon: Cuts Cost Lives #ToriesOut national demonstration

Racism:

triangleBristol North Socialist Party: 'You can't have capitalism without racism' - was Malcolm X correct?

triangleManchester Socialist Party: Racism in the US - Who are the Alt-Right?

triangleThe "club no-one wants to be part of" - march by families of those killed in police custody

triangleTower Hamlets Socialist Party: "You can't have capitalism without racism" (Malcolm X)

Protest:

triangleTrump's incendiary Jerusalem statement reignites Israeli-Palestinian conflict

triangleUnite day of action against blacklisting

triangleWaltham Forest Universal Credit protest

Jobs:

triangleRetail sector crunch: nationalise to save jobs

trianglePlans to launch no-cuts campaign at Kirklees College

BNP:

triangleWhy I joined: "I hope that more and more people are going to join the Socialist Party and the fight to end inequality"

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

14/12/17

Waltham Forest

Stop the rotten redevelopment plan, demand residents

13/12/17

London

Six months on - still no justice for Grenfell

13/12/17

Fracking

Movement growing against fracking giant Ineos

13/12/17

Devon

Totnes MP uses coffin controversy to distract from brutal NHS cuts

13/12/17

Miners

Tory plan to hold dinner at coal mining museum defeated

13/12/17

Bradford

Bradford campaign to save children's services launched

13/12/17

South London

South London health bosses' cover-up

13/12/17

Blacklisting

Unite day of action against blacklisting

13/12/17

Brighton

Brighton victory

13/12/17

Newham

Newham anti-academies strikes

13/12/17

Tamil Solidarity

Tamil Solidarity and Refugee Rights activists meeting

12/12/17

Woolwich

Support the Crossrail Woolwich walkout

7/12/17

Blacklisting

Unite protest against blacklisting

7/12/17

RMT

Anti-DOO lobby of Liverpool's transport committee

6/12/17

Donald Trump

Mobilise to stop bigoted billionaire Donald Trump's state visit to Britain

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle14 Dec Stop the rotten redevelopment plan, demand residents

triangle13 Dec Six months on - still no justice for Grenfell

triangle13 Dec Movement growing against fracking giant Ineos

triangle13 Dec Totnes MP uses coffin controversy to distract from brutal NHS cuts

triangle13 Dec Trump's incendiary Jerusalem statement reignites Israeli-Palestinian...

triangle13 Dec Labour 'purge' furore really just democracy

EU parliament, Strasbourg

triangle13 Dec Brexit deal no solution to Tory rifts

More ...

triangle14 Dec Wakefield Socialist Party: Universal Credit - the Tories' latest assault on the poor

triangle18 Dec Leeds Socialist Party: Religion and Socialism

triangle19 Dec Bristol North Socialist Party: Christmas social

triangle21 Dec Wakefield Socialist Party: Socialists and the National Question

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2