British MEP Nick Griffin Investigated Over Anti-Gay B&B Tweets

Griffin_nick_private_eye_maskNick Griffin, the chairman of the British National Party and a Member of European Parliament, took to Twitter today to voice his homophobic dismay over Michael Black and John Morgan's court win against a bed and breakfast that refused them because they're gay. And his comments have led the social media site to suspend his account and sparked a police investigation.

From the BBC:

Among the tweets on the @nickgriffinmep account were two which read: "So Messrs Black & Morgan, at [their 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!"

An earlier tweet on the North West region MEP's account had asked for the couple's address and then said: "We'll hold demo… for rights of all home owners, gays included, to rent or not rent rooms to whomsoever they wish."

Cambridge Police said they've "received a number of calls in relations to the tweets and are looking into the complaints we have received."

Griffin is one of the UK's more outspoken and outlandish anti-gay politicos. After the Admiral Duncan gay bar was bombed by a Neo-Nazi in 1999, Griffin blamed gay pride: "The TV footage of dozens of ‘gay’ demonstrators flaunting their perversion in front of the world’s journalists showed just why so many ordinary people find these creatures so repulsive."


  1. Icebloo says

    Just to let non British people know – the BNP is the equivalent of the KKK in the USA.

    The fact this idiot won an election in the US is frightening and embarrassing. He and his party should all be in jail.

  2. Pete N SFO says

    Who on earth goes into the business of B&B, thinking they can decide which guests they will accept based on prejudice???

  3. Icebloo says

    The problem is there have been many links between the BNP and the supposed mainstream Conservative Party who are currently in power. They are basically the same people like the KKK and the Republican Party are the same. They pretend they are not so they don’t scare voters but they are the same people and they accept funding from these extreme groups.

    Nick Griffin won’t be charged with anything because he’s a right winger, the right wing Conservative government is in power and most Judges in the UK are right wing so he will get away with it. Again.

  4. "The Gay" says

    So let me get this straight… So to speak…

    What exactly was the crime he’s being investigated for ? Posting their address, or expressing an opinion that you don’t like ?

    And what’s wrong with having a say IN YOUR OWN HOME about who’s going to stay with you ?

    Look, I wouldn’t want to rent a room in MY B&B to this a$$hole.

  5. coemgenus says

    Crime? Threatening behaviour based on sexual orientation. Tick.
    Cause for fine ? Discrimination in providing public accommodation in a public business premises – for which they receive tax relief. Tick.
    Job done.

  6. says

    @ “The Gay” :
    If you are going to have a business open to the public, it has to be just that , open to the public….you cannot discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation…it’s the law.
    And you cannot post tweets which could be an incitement to hatred.

    “Freedom of Speech” is not the end of the road; there is a whole territory of responsibility which lies over that hill.

  7. unruly says

    @ICEBLOO, per your statement:
    “The fact this idiot won an election in the US is frightening and embarrassing.”
    What US election? This is all the UK.

  8. says

    “And what’s wrong with having a say IN YOUR OWN HOME about who’s going to stay with you ?”

    When you open your home for guests and take their money it is no longer your home–it is a public accommodation. And public accommodations are subject to any applicable non-discrimination laws. No ambiguity there. As for freedom of speech–if that speech crossing over into harassment or threats, it becomes another issue, one that merits criminal investigation.

  9. anon says

    I’m not sure the content of the messages was equivalent to making a terroristic threat or incitement to violence, however, the charges will be “investigated” as they say. UK law and American law differ in some ways, like the ability to bring up charges or hold suspects in custody for charges, not to mention the details of the laws themselves. Public accommodations laws in the UK and Europe are “complicated” compared to the US. That’s because there are two avenues of appeal. The first is through the local courts and the second is through the EU court of justice based on the charter of rights in the EU. You can’t be indicted in the EU courts, but you can appeal your local conviction there. PA laws in the UK are at the national level, but Wales and Scotland can have independent versions. They don’t necessarily follow from the US principle of protected minority classes. The reason this has been bouncing around in the courts is that their vagueness is hard to penetrate. One issue that arose is that the theoretical case of a Muslim B&B being forced to allow gays was shot down. The issue was the consistency of the claimed religion’s beliefs. That is, it’s not up to the owners conscious, it’s up to the rulings of the religious leaders. Also, some religions have more standing than others.