Published on Thursday, 18 October 2012 19:24 Written by Ketlan Ossowski
Nick Griffin, ever a man to jump on a passing bandwagon as long as it conforms to his many prejudices, has decided to make life difficult for the gay couple who yesterday won their case against the owner of a bed and breakfast for discrimination.
Michael Black and his partner, John Morgan, had booked a double room at the Swiss Bed and Breakfast back in March 2010, run by Susanne Wilkinson, via email. When they arrived, Mrs Wilkinson refused to let them stay in a room with a double bed.
The Recorder at Reading County Court awarded Mr Black and Mr Morgan £1,800 for what she termed 'injury to feelings'. The Recorder, Claire Moulder, said that by refusing the couple access to a double room, Mrs Wilkinson had 'treated them less favourably than she would treat unmarried heterosexual couples in the same circumstances'.
Mrs Wilkinson, who is a practising Christian said today;
'We believe a person should be free to act upon their sincere beliefs about marriage under their own roof without living in fear of the law. Equality laws have gone too far when they start to intrude into a family home.'
A business, whether it's run in a family home or not, has to conform to the law. If you're not happy doing that, you shouldn't be running the damn business.
Nick Giffin, however, disagrees. And, what's more, he's prepared to use terror tactics to make his idiotic point. Here's a section of his Twitter feed from earlier today, condensed into readable paragraphs;
'If anyone can give us address of the 2 bullying 'gay' activists who've won case v Christian B&B owners, we'll hold demo for rights of all home owners, gays included, to rent or not rent rooms to whomsoever they wish.
So Messrs Black & Morgan, at [home address]. A British Justice team will come up to Huntington & give you a bit of drama by way of reminding you that an English couple's home is their castle. Say No to heterophobia!'
Excuse my language but the man's a fucking idiot. This is not just a home - it's a business. If he can't grasp that much, there's no hope for him (not that I ever thought there was). A business, no matter where it is carried out, has a different set of rules that have to be abided by. In this case, the rule is that discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation is, quite rightly, not allowed, no more than turning away a couple who were black, Jewish or disabled simply because they were black, Jewish or disabled.
If the British are known for anything, it's for a sense of fair play and justice. Okay, maybe this is looking a bit hollow in the wake of the government's constant attacks on the weakest and most vulnerable in our society, but the general populace would agree that a sense of fair play was essential to the idea of any kind of British character. This, added to the fact that nobody really seems to care whether someone is gay or not - largely because pretty much everyone knows someone who is gay - leads to the conclusion that people want fair play for gays - by which term I mean LGBT, and yes, black, Jewish or disabled people, too.
Instead, Nick Griffin proposes to get a gang of thugs together, including presumably the not in the least Reverend West, the BNP's vicar who is not by any stretch of the imagination a bona fide vicar, to terrorise Messrs Black and Morgan simply for being gay and very properly standing up for their rights under the law.
The BNP - the party of law and order? I don't think so.
* Since I posted this article, Griffin's Twitter feed has been blocked and his threat has been reported in numerous newspapers, on websites and radio stations. Naturally, Griffin will love this - just a few words on Twitter and it appears that he's doing something. He isn't, of course, he never does anything, but the illusion of activity is enough to excite the few BNP activists that are left in the party. Cambridgeshire Police are looking into the matter, examining the tweets and will interview all concerned. Griffin's enthusiasm for making threats - even though they're unlikely ever to be fulfilled - may backfire on him on this occasion. Let's hope so.