News The Bar St Philips barrister resigns to stand for BNP in general election By Margaret Taylor 25 March 2010 16:22 17 December 2015 16:10 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer catherine milner 25 March 2010 at 18:12 Why on earth should a lawyer not be a member of the BNP? The threatening, creepy authoritarianism of New Labour Quangocrats like Christine King should be exposed for what it is: crawling to political masters and a disgusting abuse of power Reply Link Ian McPhee 25 March 2010 at 18:19 Surely Christine that should of read ‘if I were a Solicitor and had NO CONCERN about equality and diversity I wouldn’t instuct a chambers that didn’t take action on this?’ Is this the famous equality that states you are free to hold any opinion as long as its mine? I regularly hear that lawyers should come from every section of society. So why not from the Nationalist community? It’s very easy to work for Amnesty, and talk of human rights in far away places, but it appears it’s harder to practice what you preach in this country. There is no suggestion that Mr Grierson has treated any client in a less professional manner because of their faith or colour, so why the very clear threat of economic boycotts of him or any other BNP member based soley on their viewpoint? Robert Grierson has stood up for what he believes in and should be defended, not condemmed. Perhaps he should of joined a Conservative Party front organisation and pretend it was a ‘campaign group’. Liberal/leftist lawyers talking democracy while intimidating someone with a different view. Well that really is a stain on the legal profession! Reply Link John Moran 25 March 2010 at 18:28 What a brave man. I’m sure there are far more who just keep their heads down because of fear of losing their livelihoods thanks to veiled threats like those from Christine Kings. This is a man to be admired. His political convictions have outweighed his desire to make money. Reply Link Arthur Lincoln 25 March 2010 at 18:38 “I couldn’t stay in a chambers that had a member of the BNP as a member and expect that many colleagues would find it difficult”. Change the words ‘member of the BNP’ in this statement to ‘Muslim’. Now how does that square with ‘Blind Justice’? Reply Link darren 25 March 2010 at 18:41 I find it difficult to understand why someone in the (bnp) should be ostrisized from there job,no matter what profesion.It goes to show that the ruling elite are frightend of losing there positions of power,and will do anything to hold on to them.At the end of the day its up to the voters at election time,not the p.c brigade . Reply Link Margaret Wilson 25 March 2010 at 19:47 Mr Grierson is clearly a brave and honourable man who puts his country’s interests before his own. My Father who died recently also attended Downing College Cambridge. Any legal work required by myself from this time forth will be on its way to Mr Grierson. Reply Link Bob 25 March 2010 at 19:53 Nice to see someone with a bit of backbone who’s willing to do something to save this country from complete destruction. Reply Link John Bell 25 March 2010 at 23:14 Good for Mr. Grierson, a straw in the wind. If we were all ready to make such a sacrifice for our poor old country we could transform her fortunes beyond recognition! Reply Link carl mason 25 March 2010 at 23:32 So would the legal world find it difficult to work with some one who was a card carrying communist, or a member of the i.r.a, or a member of islam 4 uk?? perhaps you should all brush up on sharia law , because in 25 years time that will be the only law of the land, Reply Link Sylvia Howard 25 March 2010 at 23:36 On the contrary, it is hardly a stain on your profession to stand to stand up for what you believe in, rather than be part of this left wing cancer that is eating away at everything this country has stood for since the Second World War. How is it right for the media to report almost daily how immigration is ruining this country, but at the same time calling the BNP racist for having said this for years, and actually wanting to do something about it? Why is it wrong to want this immigration to stop? The BNP want to pull out from the EU, so does most of this country. They want our boy’s home from Afghanistan, so does most of this country. We are glad this gentleman is standing. We will vote for him, and we make no apology for this what-so-ever. Reply Link John S 26 March 2010 at 07:35 What a rather silly article this is. I am a professionally qualified accountant and have been a member of the British National Party for over five years. ‘Equality and diversity’? What relevance has this upon Mr Grierson’s professional ability? Indeed, not only is he a professional, his colleagues in chambers should be proud that he is a patriot for Britain, unlike many. I would have no hesitation in instructing him on behalf of any of my clients for tax opinions. There are many professionally qualified members of the British National Party of all professions, most of whom suffer persecution once it is known they are members. ‘Equality and diversity’ only seems to apply these days if you agree with the Westminster war criminals. Do write sensible articles in your periodical, and do yourselves respect this ‘equality and diversity’ mantra when you write, rather than show yourselves to be hypocrites. Reply Link Absurd 26 March 2010 at 08:42 How amusing to see all these posters supporting Grierson. @Darren, are you really connected to the legal profession? If so, recruitment standards have dropped dramatically Reply Link Gavin 26 March 2010 at 08:52 Some of the comments posted above are truly despicable and show an alarming ignorance about how the BNP operates. Arthur Lincoln’s suggestion that discriminating against someone because they are a BNP member is akin to racial discrimination would be laughable were it not so offensive. The fact is that the BNP leadership has made no secret of it’s desire to repatriate people who it believes do not fulfill its own warped criteria of what it is to be British. The recent change to make this policy ‘voluntary’ is just a semantic one. This is not a policy of nationalism or patriotism. Nor does it have anything to do with the ruling elite, or Darren’s “p.c. brigade”. It is racism. And taking action against someone whose job necessitates being fair minded and even-handed because he is standing for election for a party that holds racist views is entirely right. Reply Link Anonymous 26 March 2010 at 09:09 It is amazing to see so many people who think that Mr Grierson is an inspiration. The law stands for justice, equality and freedom of choice for all. These are not values held by people who represent the BNP. Of course we live in a democracy and everybody has a right to their own beliefs. But are the beliefs of the BNP something we really want to embrace nationally. I think not. Reply Link mary 26 March 2010 at 09:37 Interesting set of comments. I suspect the computers at BNP HQ have been red hot all night. These certainly haven’t been posted by real solicitors. I don’t know a single litigator that would want to have anything to do with a fascist BNP member. I am assuming that this “brave’ man expects to get his instructions fro litigators and not from Nick Griffin and his band of thugs? Reply Link Richard C 26 March 2010 at 09:42 The comments of some of the above make me ashamed of my profession… …or perhaps they want to make me laugh at the transparent attempts by the BNP to flood the board with fake comments from their supporters. As an aside, how on earth did Griffin get into Cambridge when, as Question Time showed, the man can barely string a sentence together? Reply Link John 26 March 2010 at 09:43 Mr.Grierson used to work in that offshore tax haven the Cayman Islands – home to the super-rich and tax avoiders. This doesn’t seem to add up with membership of a party which claims to be patriotic and fighting for the interest of the common man. Or is it just further signs of the hypocrisy and inconsistency that pervades this organisation? Reply Link anonymous 26 March 2010 at 09:43 Well done St Philips. It’s got to e extremely tricky when you discover you have a member of the BNP in your ranks – and especially difficult to get rid of them without them. I don’t you how you did it, but you took decisive action and got rid of this liability before he brought your set down – because his presence probably would have. St Philips should be commended – and will be. Reply Link Steve 26 March 2010 at 09:50 Robert Grierson has just given me increased hope for the future of the UK. One of the biggest problems with this country is that the political and media elite have ignored (or even looked down on) the feelings of the majority of the population on issues such as immigration and Europe. Reply Link Anonymous 26 March 2010 at 10:09 It is heartening to see that there are still some people with honor, willing to make personal sacrifices for what they believe in. Reply Link Anonymous 26 March 2010 at 10:34 Yep top lawyers often write “would of” instead of “would have”. Reply Link Anonymous 26 March 2010 at 10:49 I see that Robert Grierson went to the same school as Enoch Powell, someone else who was willing to put country before self. Reply Link A private client solicitor 26 March 2010 at 10:54 I am sure there are many BNP members who are over-joyed to learn that a BARRISTER, yes a BARRISTER who even went to OXBRIDGE has jonied their organisation and that this is a defining moment in their march for power. HOORAY HOORAY!! RULE BRITANNIA – Forever England! Perhaps he could be the next Chancellor? Now to the deluded Brown Shirts – do you even realise that the BNP should not be described as a far-right party because most of their policies involve creating a bigger state, increasing read-tape and beauraucracy for private citizens and individuals, nationalisation and invariably higher taxes to pay for the above. You are racist socialists who deserve the right to free speech (although I am sure you would deny this of dissenters if you were in power) and you will rightly be trounced at the next general election. BEWARE – the BNP are very well mobilised on-line and you’ll find that they do all come out in strength at any single news article concerning them. I think they share ideas with the Church of Scientology. Reply Link Dave Jones 26 March 2010 at 10:57 Some of these views expressed here infuriate me for their short-sightedness. It’s the labour of immigrants that has and continues to uphold the standard of living of this country for the majority. Who do you think staff the hospitals, drive the buses, clean public toilets and streets? Do you have any idea of the sacrifices these people have made? Have any of you lauding the “honourable” stance of those at the BNP actually taken any time to understand their struggles or how bloody hard they work? The fact that they toil often 12 hours a day or more so that they can send back a proportion of their income to support their families at home. Often in countries that lack free public health and education and whose status as “developing countries” has been reinforced by former colonial nations like the UK and subsequently enshrined in the unjust international economic system of which we are among the principal beneficiaries. Of course it’s shit that many white people who have been here for generations don’t have jobs or access to decent housing but don’t try and make it into a race issue, it’s not – it’s a class issue and we in the UK are part of the world’s ruling class. Reply Link Citylawfirmworker 26 March 2010 at 11:08 Firstly, I do not share the political views of the BNP or their members. So the Bar Council has an equality code. But how realistic is the quote about solicitors taking work away from barristers if they perceive counsel is not adhering to this “code” (presumably voluntary)? How many solicitors know the terms/conditions of this code? While Ms Kings couldn’t stay in a chamber where there is a BNP member etc etc, the statement from St Phillips notes Mr Grierson “resigned”. So Ms Kings wouldn’t really have had an issue. Any “dismissal” should have gone through the chambers’ “constitutional processes” – do they have one? The article could have probed further. Finally, on a broader level, I agree with the other posters (whomever they might be) regarding the double standards on membership of political, cultural and other organisations within the workplace. If a Sharia law advocate announced his candidacy (and they are usually men), I wonder whether we would see the same comments from Ms Kings. The humorous irony of a facist or Islamofacist candidate standing for democratic office fades a little when you realise that the greatest totalitarian dictators all held and won elections. Reply Link Mia Goldberg 26 March 2010 at 11:26 All the BNP supporters in the legal profession should move to Saudi Arabia so they can spend some quality time advising likeminded “people” in that country. Reply Link Tim Strudwick 26 March 2010 at 11:41 If only more had the courage of their convicitions. Reply Link Dorian Rees 26 March 2010 at 13:02 Robert Grierson is further proof that an education at Cambridge and qualification as a barrister does not ensure that somebody is not as thick as s**t. Reply Link carl mason 26 March 2010 at 13:45 After reading the anti BNP comments ,it never ceases to amaze me peoples ignorance of the BNP, can anyone tell me how the BNP will “send back” 5-6 million blacks/ asians? we have said all legal immigrants CAN stay, we just need to control immigration, try reading our election leaflets, before you bring out the old rubbish you read in the sun , how many muslims have died in the lib/lab/con wars in the middle east 50,75,100,000? and how many people have the BNP killed=0, but you’ll still vote for the war criminals. Who did the jobs before the immigrants flooded this land, so can any anti-BNP people tell me how you are going to get 3.5 million unemployed people working. Reply Link Anonymous 26 March 2010 at 14:04 The BNP stands for racism, pure and simple. And if you adhere to the principles espoused by that party, there is no way that these principles, moral convictions and feelings of racial superiority do not infiltrate every aspect of your life, including your professional life. It is absolutely abhorrent that this party has not been banned as it should. I am appalled at the level of support on this website for the BNP, when I saw ’28 comments’ posted on this article, I thought they would mostly condemn the BNP, so I implore all lawyers reading this article to show their support for anti-racism. Reply Link John Standing 26 March 2010 at 14:23 My respects to Mr Grierson. To continue its journey towards serious politics and electability, the BNP must attract the educated middle-classes, which is the political class. That those who pioneer this must give up so much without, at this time, any serious chance of winning election speaks volumes for their moral character. It demonstrates that love of one’s people and of one’s ancestral land runs deeper than deep, and precedes all other political values. By the way, we have no indigenous ethnic nationalism in Britain, and the BNP is not really a nationalist party. We have nativism, and accordingly the BNP is nativist. It’s a crucial distinction which the brainwashed self-loathers of the liberal-left probably cannot be expected to understand. Nonetheless, nationalism requires a philosophy, and today there is none – though there are signs of labour in the further reaches of the radical right internet. Reply Link John S 26 March 2010 at 14:30 Ah… I see that “Anonymous” at 26th March 2:04 pm clearly stands for “Equality and Diversity”. Well, thank heavens for that, I started to think that we were in some third world nation which bans political parties if one doesn’t agree with what they say. Reply Link Quentin 26 March 2010 at 14:31 @ Anonymous 2:04 pm – Wanting an end to mass immigration does not mean that someone believes in racial superiority or is racist. As a lawyer you should be capable of making the distinction. In poll after poll the majority of the public have said that they want an end to mass immigation, it is likely that the majority of lawyers do as well. Reply Link Anonymous 26 March 2010 at 14:37 I am not surprised by the comments supporting Grierson. It’s indicative of the true feeling of people in this country. Bigotry rules the day! Reply Link Ben 26 March 2010 at 14:40 To those on here saying that they are surprised about the number of pro-BNP comments, actually I expect that there would be a whole lot more if they were not being filtered out by the moderator. The London-based media is generally extremely hostile to the BNP and I doubt that The Lawyer is any different. Reply Link Anonymous 26 March 2010 at 14:54 Honour? Personal sacrifice? An inspiration? You have got to be joking. Most of the comments on here somewhat naiive. Have you no idea what the BNP stands for? Clearly not. So I’ll tell you: RACISM. All BNP supporters thinks they are basking in a “sweet dream”, whereas in fact they are balancing precariously on the verge of a “political nightmare”. Anybody voting for the BNP has made an ABSOLUTE HOWLER of a decision. Rather akin to a man who leaps resplendently out of a plane (flying at high altitude) with a jet pack strapped to his back, with the kerosene cannisters pointing the wrong way up; thus causing him to continue to exceed what would be his normal terminal velocity, until he makes cataclysmic impact with the earth’s surface – insufficient to stop him, so he continues on toward the earth’s core (positively “gobbling up debt” along the way). In other words – a disaster. Live and let live – for goodness sake. Reply Link Sylvia 26 March 2010 at 15:04 We are expecting our first grandchildren in the next two months, what will this country be like when they are 10? We voted Conservative at the last election, we thought they might just have the guts to bring this country back from the brink, sadley there is no chance of that now. Before 2005 I was a Labour activist. I worked with Ken Livingstone for a while. Then I saw the stampede at the Channel Tunnel, and knew something was amiss. I have never been a member of the British National Party, and never voted for them before. So I decided to do some research after logging onto their website. I attended meetings so I could make my own mind up. I do not trust the media. The people in this party are ordinary families who are terrified at what has happened to this country. Pensioners in particular are highly represented, mainly because they remember how it used to be, and see what it has become. I have met doctors, nurses, accountants, lawyers, soldiers, teachers etc; Check on their website, and see these people at meetings. Of course they were all in the leaked membership list. They have many Jews in the party including our Jewish councilor in her second term, and many members have foreign spouses. Of course you won’t read this in the media because it is an ‘inconvenient truth’. MPs are scared of the BNP, that’s why they tried to ban them through the courts. They know what they have done over the years to this once proud nation, and the BNP is their only threat. Can’t have that can we? First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win. Ghandi. Reply Link John Ball 26 March 2010 at 15:16 The BNP is not an illegal organisation. The more that the authoritarian do-gooders try to bully them out of the race, the more that people are going to look at what they have to offer. Freedom doesn’t mean ‘freedom as long as you agree with me’. TBH, if the Labour creeps say they are awful, I start thinking they can’t be all bad! Reply Link Anonymous 26 March 2010 at 15:24 Back to the real issue before all those BNP members got on the bandwagon and sent in their emails of support in an attempt to convince us that Mr Grierson enjoyed widespread support. The views of the BNP are deeply offensive to the majority of the UK population. I am a partner in a City law firm and I would expect us to ask any employee or partnert who became high-profile member of the BNP to resign. Mr Grierson is fully entitled to hold his repulsive views. He is not entitled to give credibility to himself and his opinions by associating himself with an organisation of credibility and status. Reply Link Anonymous 26 March 2010 at 15:33 Good man! It’s just a shame that he felt that he had to leave his chambers prior to standing. He is I’m sure, as is every member of our profession, able to act for those he despises despite his (commendable) political views. His chambers should make a push for proper diversity and welcome him back. We have had to put up with enforced integration and it is good to see someone taking an intelligent stand against it. Thus far and no further I say and it appears that a lot of other posters agree. It is good to see that there are still some intelligent people in our profession and that the PC-ninnes haven’t driven all the blood and brains out of our bodies. I hope he gets elected and is part of a welcome resurgence of intelligent debate on the role of those from less than desirable back-grounds in the UK and Europe as a whole. Reply Link Anonymous 26 March 2010 at 15:35 Its obvious that the comments supporting Mr. Grierson are not from real people (especially solicitors – who can’t spell) but from a group of in-breds holed up in a squat somewhere with their PCs doing this type of on-line campaign. The BNP are a racist, xenophobic organisation and are anything but patriotic. The interests of this country are not served by their policies – we would suffer greatly without the contributions of generations of immigrants. I am a second generation immigrant and am senior legal counsel for one of the top 20 UK companies and I would never instruct St. Phillips if they retained Mr. Grierson. For those who even think of supporting the BNP – think of this: Nick Griffin’s views (implied on Question Time ) was that all immigrants before a certain time are not British and should go back. Lets choose say 1900 (I think his puritanical stance would go to middle ages – which would be fine too). The deal is all those people who emigrated from England (to USA/India/Canada/Australia and all over the world) have to return (forcible repatration) in exchange for all those people leaving the UK who came after that period. The UK would be even more full and a lot worse off. Think. However, thats asking too much of potential (and actual) BNP supporters. Reply Link Anonymous 26 March 2010 at 15:39 Re- The London-based media is generally extremely hostile to the BNP and I doubt that The Lawyer is any different. Are you attempting to suggest that nobody outside london will ever dare to condemn the BNP? And- looking at the number of fabricated BNP support comments on here how can you saw it is being filtered? Some of these comments are simply ridiculous. Of course I never read a BNP leaflet- why the hell would I? I live in a multi cultural society and love that fact. Why would I pick up a piece of paper I know what spout on racist values? I would rather read the Mail! Reply Link I Like Goats 26 March 2010 at 15:42 I reckon the White & Case London and DLA Piper Dubai press offices ganged together with the BNP to pitch this story to The Lawyer to give them a breather this weekend. Reply Link Anonymous 26 March 2010 at 15:48 @ anonymous 3:24pm I hold no brief for the BNP, but the hypocrisy spouted by the anti-BNP posters is nauseating. You would piously wish to sack an employee who became a member of the BNP, yet the BNP have not caused active harm to anyone so far as I am aware. But as “a partner in a city law firm” you no doubt act for clients whose financial machinations have destroyed the lives of thousands of people. You assist them to avoid the taxes that humble folk who can’t afford your services have to pay, and to screw people without ever being held accountable. These cllients of yours do infinitely more harm than the BNP will ever achieve, so why the `holier than thou’ attitude? Of course, silly me! The clients line your pocket and enable you to live in luxury, and so no matter how despicable their behaviour they are exempt from criticism. “Do as I say, not as I do”. Reply Link Anonymous 26 March 2010 at 15:55 I am firmly of the view that the majority of the respondents to this article (a) possess microscopic genitalia, (b) have less brains than a boiled potato, and (c) secretly harbour desires towards their family members. Truly putrid comments on a RANCID topic. Reply Link LIam Duffy 26 March 2010 at 15:55 Thanks for convincing me with your life story Sylvia. My grandmother remembers ‘how it used to be’ but that doesn’t mean she will be voting for a group of massive racists. Freedom of speech and opinion does not protect those who would use such rights as a means to deprive others of their basic rights. I am no supporter of an open door immigration policy but no one can fail to recognise the work immigrants do and the contribution they make. Any thesis on Britain’s economic and social problems emphasising immigration and race at its heart is misconceived at best, and at worst extremely dangerous. Reply Link Joe McCarthy 26 March 2010 at 15:58 The BNP are totally daft but win support because they address an issue that none of the other parties is prepared to really engage with: unease about several decades of mass immigration and its effects. The Lancashire I grew up in is unrecognisable from that of today (although I’m now a Londoner), as I’m sure is the case in many other parts of England (e.g. the east end of London, Wolverhampton, etc ). This has caused some unease among the people who have spent their lives there, but poor white people in tracksuits are unfashionable, and their concerns largely ignored by everyone except the BNP. I’m sure this explains much of the support witnessed above – little of it from lawyers, I expect – for a party whose views are confused and often idiotic. Reply Link fb 26 March 2010 at 16:11 There is a massive difference, I would humbly offer, between the activities of corporate entities – damaging as they might be to health, environment and economy – and the preaching of hatred and intolerance towards minority groups based upon their ethnicity or sexual orientation. One can argue politics from left to right debating economics and social policies, but racism rightly has a unique position in the political consciousness as a form of expression deemed repugnant and inhuman by most right-thinking individuals, media or not. That the BNP and its supporters have managed to convince people that this repugnance is somehow confined to a group of left-wing, trendy metropolitan types is intellectually dishonest and far from the truth, but conveniently allies them with the organs of the mainstream Right (ie most of the papers). Criticising and opposing the Far Right becomes infringing their free speech; supporting them becomes cheering the plucky underdog against some oppressive, faceless left wing monolith, an unholy coalition of do-gooders, authoritarians (oh, fill in the blanks…we get it from most of the tabloids most of the time). The fact that the ‘London media’ referred to by some of the posters here comprises a bunch of right-wing newspapers owned by rich white billionaires seems to have escaped this loony lot, which thankfully remains in a minority in this country. Racism – and its supporters – must be rooted out, fought and opposed at every turn, and every apologist for its inhuman nonsense should be rightly ashamed at their own unacceptable views, rather than trying to hide behind the noble ideal of free speech. That such highly-educated, apparently highly-intelligent and thoughtful individuals as lawyers can espouse such toxic and hateful views against their fellow human beings is very disappointing. Reply Link Anonymous 26 March 2010 at 16:28 The legal Industry is full of racism scum like this. Moreover, just because they are lawyers they have been able to get away with it, as I have said many times before, lawyers get away with doing whatever they want. They do not hire any more minorities than they have to, they do not promote them, and they are only given low value work and have the establishment stacked against them. Dr Aisha Bijlani’s claims do not look that unfounded anymore. To be honest I am surprised that he did not keep his mouth shut, and no doubt, he would have become a QC and a Judge, or a Judge at one of the Tribunals (i.e. the employment or immigration tribunals). In addition, all this talk about standing up for British values etc – what values?? Teenage (barely) girls being pregnant, excessive consumption of alcohol etc., promiscuity, marital breakdown and a nation of people incapable of empathy – codswallop. The reason why more people in the middle classes are turning to the BNP is because it has dawned on them that, it was ok having equality when it only effected the working classes, but now that their tactics to avoid having to do the same are being exposed, suddenly everything “British” is under threat, and it is now being covered by the middle class journalists etc. But let us not condemn our society entirely because of this vocal and power minority, their very own children do not share the same view and in about 20 years it won’t be a problem, because they will be in charge (or sooner if we have a pan world flu epidemic)! Reply Link Cas 26 March 2010 at 16:40 To the poster who is apparently disappointed that lawyers could have such hatred towards fellow human beings, there are 2 questions as to why that should be: 1. If there is a section of training that makes people pious, pompous and feel morally superior, I must have missed that bit 2. There are doctors – people who take the Hipocratic Oath – who kill and try to kill. No profession has an autmoatic claim to supremacy But that is a side-issue. Whatever Grierson does in his own time does not affect the promotion of equality and diversity from a chambers, does it? There is no suggestion that his professionalism will be compromised or that he will represent BME clients les favourably. It is an affront to democracy that the liberal-type person cannot see. They cannot see the contradiction. Their standard counter to this is that it is not undemocratic to stifle parties who are themselves undemocratic. But it is, in that it only permits the exercise of democratic liberties and rights if one does not object to what message will be propagated by the exercise of those liberties and rights. Democracy MUST allow people to call for the total abolition of democracy, if there is a wish to do so. Reply Link Thomas Jefferson 26 March 2010 at 17:11 Wow!! check out all the BNP fans login in under various alias proclaiming undying love for this racists lawyer. Is this what good men and women over the years fought for? Shame on the BNP and its racists supporters. Reply Link Richard 26 March 2010 at 17:33 It is really rather depressing seeing the above comments to realise how many racists there are in the legal profession – people who are supposedly educated and ought to know better. Those who claim that the BNP are trying to save the country from destruction or that Mr Grierson should be congratulated for standing up for his country are either racists themselves dressed up in the cloak of patriotism or they are just plain ignorant – they espouse views that are a precondition of a racist society such as the one that enabled the Nazis to flourish in inter war Germany. Reply Link James Stewart 26 March 2010 at 19:00 I am astounded by the which some of you have shown for Mr Grierson, a lawyer who has chosen to stand as a candidate for an overtly xenophobic and racist party. I would hope that all practising lawyers will disassociate themselves from these remarks from Mr Grierson and everything which his party represents. All solicitors and barristers in this jurisdiction are subject to a code of conduct and must not behave in a way that is likely to diminish the trust the public paces in them or the legal profession.Im my view membership of the BNP represents a clear breach of this code.In short these racists should not be allowed anywhere near our courts and should be expelled from our professional bodies. The BNP is not a legitimate political party. Which other political party in Britain has racist, neo-fascist and neo-Nazi roots? Which other political party has a leader who is a convicted criminal and a Holocaust denier? Which other political party includes local organisers who have convictions for racist assault? Which other political party has, as its MEP, a man who began his political career in England’s National Socialist party? Which other political party believes that Islam is a “cancer” and that Jews run the media? As solicitors and officers of the court we have a responsibility to aid the administration of justice and to ensure that the public have continued confidence in the legal profession. These responsibilities do not sit well with some of the comments which have been made above, comments of the type which I would normally expect from members of the lunatic fringes of politics, not from fellow members of a profession which has proudly championed the cause of the less fortunate and which is committed to eliminating discrimination and promoting equality and diversity amongst its members. Reply Link Juliette 26 March 2010 at 20:06 Oh, this is excellent! You’d have to have a heart of stone not to laugh at the sock-puppets doggedly insisting they’re legal professionals. All together now: People who dislike the BNP are the REAL racists! Why? Because… because… SHUT UP, that’s why. Reply Link robin ward 26 March 2010 at 22:15 if he is a member of the bnp his political views have no relevance to his job or position within a law firm or chambers he like the rest of us has the right to have a political view or personal view after all it is his civil and human right to have his own political view. Reply Link Anonymous 26 March 2010 at 23:13 I wouldn’t worry too much about Bob whom I knew in Cambridge. He had no friends and was loner. I remember that in 1989 after our final exams, he had no-one to celebrate with but still brought a bottle of champagne which we all drank but duly deserted him. It is symptomatic of those who are deeply psychologically flawed to blame all their failure in life on others, especially those who are different from them – an easy target. Bob had a Third class degree in his undergraduate year which he blamed on too many sporting activities. Well-rounded people don’t fail on those grounds. If one were to investigate further, one would discover that he was also a failed barrister! Reply Link Pol Pot 26 March 2010 at 23:51 Absolutely correct in saying solicitors can’t spell (but think they can). Reply Link Sylvia 27 March 2010 at 01:26 To Liam Duffy: Immigrants in huge numbers were allowed into this country to work in the public and other sectors, not because they were needed or would do a better job, but because they were cheaper. Our own nurses and doctors have had to find work abroad as a result. And the fact is this. These people didn’t come here to do us a favour; they came here for a better life. And they know that once here, there’s a damn good chance their families will be able to follow them. Meaning more hospital waiting lists, more traffic, less school places, and most definitely less housing for those who have been on waiting lists for years. Oh yes, this has been of great benefit to them, The Government claimed that immigrants add £6 billion to our economy. What they did not say is that they also add to our population in almost exactly the same proportion as they add to production. Thus the benefit to the native population is very small – an outcome confirmed by major studies in the US, Canada and Holland and most recently by the House of Lords Select Committee on Economic Affairs. The Government’s own calculation, submitted in evidence to that Committee, implies an annual benefit to the resident population of only 62p per head a week, the price of a Mars bar. Reply Link Liam Duffy 27 March 2010 at 04:23 ‘Democracy MUST allow people to call for the total abolition of democracy, if there is a wish to do so’ This would be the funniest thing I ever heard were it not a genuinely held belief of one poster and more than likely illustrative of the party heshe represents. As such it is repugnant. If even a minority of these supposed BNP supporter posts were genuine people, let alone lawyers, I would be greatly surprised and deeply appalled. Reply Link Wendy 27 March 2010 at 10:22 I am not a lawyer but do work in the legal sector. I come from a very disciplined military background as my dad fought in the second word war. I must say I find Carl Mason’s remarks highly offensive. It is because of people like him why the country is in such a mess. Good for Mr Grierson. I wish there were more people like him in this country. Reply Link DowningGrad 27 March 2010 at 10:28 I’m not really sure what on earth this has to do with the *legal profession*. I am saddened that an seemingly intelligent and educated man has bought in to the vile nonsense propagated by the BNP, but as the article makes clear that has nothing do with his chambers. He resigned; they didn’t sack him. He’s hardly the first barrister to resign to pursue an active career; anyone remember Tony Blair? Does Jack Straw handle a cheeky brief or two at week ends? Continuing in the role whilst standing as a candidate for ANY party would potentially compromise a barrister’s capacity to act proffessionally. Much as it galls me to say it, by resigning from chambers Grierson has done the right thing. Now the people of Sutton Coldfield are free to vote against him, hopefully in large numbers. Reply Link Anonymous 27 March 2010 at 10:58 AMENDMENT: “The BNP website states: “Barrister Robert Grierson will contest the Sutton Coldfield constituency […] Mr Grierson who was educated at King Edward’s School, which was the school that Enoch Powell attended, along with the infamous Mr Hudson who featured in Jay-Z’s hit Young Forever.” Reply Link Greg Weilo 27 March 2010 at 11:06 We have truly become an Orwellian society. Our government proclaims equality yet promotes affirmative action polices (and minority and women-only candidate shortlists) – so we are all equal yet some are more equal than others. There are regular two-minute hate sessions in Big Media vilifying the BNP, accusing them of being anti-democratic, whilst it is the BNP members’ free speech and freedom of association under attack. BNP leaders are regularly physically assaulted, yet they are the ones accused of being thugs, while the attackers are not prosecuted despite video evidence. Like Nick Griffin, Mr Grierson is a lawyer who has put his principles before his paycheque, and should be commended for doing so. He is a credit to his profession, and many of us will be voting for the BNP. How anybody could consider themselves to be morally and ethically superior by voting for the expense-rorting and discredited Labour, Tory or Liberal Democrats is beyond comprehension. It is also astonishing that so many lawyers, acquainted as they are with the power of language, should allow themselves to be persuaded by simple-minded journalist propaganda regarding the BNP. Reply Link A Richards 27 March 2010 at 12:30 I have a feeling that Mr Grierson may well ‘have the last laugh’ one day. Men of principle and courage often go much further in life than seedy lackeys of a corrupt and degenerate system. Reply Link Ernest Pryor 27 March 2010 at 13:31 After watching a debate on the Genisis tv involving Nick Griffin there was a ominous comment from a viewer about the BNP ” God will raise up the BNP to destroy the anti-Christ “, this has the possibility of comming true, with God getting involved how is the legal profession going to deal with it?. Reply Link george 27 March 2010 at 13:46 Why don’t the UAF and Searchlight commentators above go and get a job !! Reply Link Englishman 27 March 2010 at 14:10 The anti-BNP comments here are made, it seems withut exception, by people who are making one very big and very incorrect assumption, that the BNP is racist. It is not a racist organisation. It admits members from all ethnic groups. Indeed, the number of BNP members and supporters from “ethnic minorities” looks set to increase since the ground-breaking broadcast on Genesis TV last weekend of a debate between Nick Griffin and George Hargreaves, of Christian Party UK. The debate was conducted in a fair and civilised manner, unlike the now notorious Question Time episode of last October, and Mr Griffin attracted many positive comments from black Christians. I wish Mr Grierson all the very best for his forthcoming campaign. Reply Link Snow Joke 27 March 2010 at 14:53 This is an interesting lesson for media organizations. Any comment space on the web relating to news about the BNP will be hijacked by their members. Millions died to rid the world of racism and fascism. The BNP are an insult to those British citizens who died in the Second World War. Reply Link Anonymous 27 March 2010 at 17:00 Mr G is courageous for being a prospective parliamentary candidate for a political party that the majority of British people do not approve of. My view is, as someone who will NOT be voting BNP, recent election successes are largely down to the main political parties not genuinely addressing the related but separate hot potato issues of “immigration” and “multiculturalism”. The two issues are often mangled together in various debates usually resulting in confusion as to what the problem is and how best to deal with it. Mr G. could do some good by clearly explaining to BNP membership in plain english the basic legal facts about “immigration” and “multiculturalism” which include the following:- 1. Immigration (a) British passport holders who are classified as ethnic minorities have the same legal status as British citizens who are not classified as ethnic minorities so why are such people included as part of a debate about immigration? (b) Migrant workers from EU member states have a legal right to work in the UK and enjoy the basic rights of a British citizen without actually being one. The British government does not at present have control over the flow of migrant workers from EU member states into this country. (c) Migrant workers from non-EU countries or asylum seekers do not have an automatic right to either work in the UK or become a British citizen. The British government of the day could control migrant workers from non-EU countries. (d) Migrant workers or asylum seekers can be sent back to the country of their origin subject to the British government following the relevant legal rules and procedures. (e) Parliament can legislate to tighten up immigration controls relating to non-EU migrants. (f) The EU could change the law regarding freedom of movement of workers but this seems highly improbable. 2. Multiculturalism (a) No British citizen is legally obligated to believe in multiculturalism or to participate in it. (b) If a man wants to wear a bright green suit with Bart Simpson socks and a large yellow cowboy hat, speak latin in his freetime and worship a tin of spagetti, he is legally entitled to do so. (c) There is no legal obligation in english law to socialise with people of any class, race, sex or ethnic origin but if a job is denied on the basis of sex, race or ethnic origin then this is likely to amount to a breach of the laws relating to equal opportunities and race relations. Irrespective of whether Enoch Powell was right or wrong people from other countries of the world were invited by us to live and work in this country permanently as full British citizens without conditions with the same legal status and freedom of expression as any other British citizen. Some ethnic minority British citizens may have fought for Britain, hold nationalist views, be more British than most non-ethnic British people and be opposed to future immigration, membership of the EU and the promotion of muticulturalism by government authorities. It therefore seems reasonable that British citizens from ethnic minorities should be welcomed at the BNP, I hope Mr G takes this position and does not experience discrimination against him just because he is a member of a minority political party. The debate has to move on in a positive way or there will be serious problems to deal with in the not so distant future. Reply Link Eve 27 March 2010 at 19:02 After reading all the comments on this site and several others that I have read today, it is quite amazing to see that despite what we are led to believe, all the toxic hatred and fury is coming from the anti-Bnpers. The people who are actually speaking in support of the British National Party come across as pretty respectable, not offensive or insulting. As for Mr. Grierson, he seems like an incredibly brave person to me. There seems to be no limit to the viciousness from the Marxist liberal elite, and if he is prepared to stand up to that, that makes him one hero, in my opinion. Reply Link Al 27 March 2010 at 21:09 This country used to stand out for its freedom of speech and political belief, it seems that is not the case anymore. Mr Grierson has decided to put his life, happiness and career on the line to stand for what he believes in and I can still admire him for that. Good luck to him. The irony is that a lot of the migrants who come here come from countries where your party affiliations can cost you your life only to find that Britain is sleepwalking into a similar totalitarianism. I don’t think British people dislike foreigners but they do want a cap on immigration but such a position has become worryingly dangerous. Reply Link Anonymous 27 March 2010 at 22:56 It is great that he has resigned. Clearly someone with those beliefs should not be at chambers to ruin its reputation. Equality and diversity cannot be ensured if they have a member who is wanting to join BNP. Reply Link Anonymous 27 March 2010 at 23:33 I think it is right he resigned, as what the commentators on this article seem to forget is, by it’s constitution the BNP is racist party. Stopping mass immigration will put a halt to Britain’s economy … look at the statistics and read the history. And in any case, there are more white indigenous people leaving this country that non –white immigrants entering this country. Reply Link Mr Joseph Walsh 28 March 2010 at 03:41 First, may i point out i am not of the legal profession, but have enjoyed reading the blogs on here for many months. What i find puzzling about the posts on this particular report is the number of so called “legal professionals” decrying this man (Robert Grierson) anonymously? If you are certain in what you are posting, why hide behind a veil of anonimity, like a coward who shouts insults from the safety of a crowd? Just look at some of the disgusting references to genetalia and affections towards ones own family (anonymous 26 -3 – 3.55pm) I have no personal views for the BNP, but i do believe debate, open, fair and unobstructed, should not be held withour fear of recrimination. Why should someone face violence from the ultra left UAF, the fascist National Front, Greens, Green Peace etc because of their political choice. And mentioning the UAF, they have been involved in extreme violent clashes in support of Muslim groups, yet ignored a Jewish group protesting against the Hammas rocket attacks into Israel. Well, i will leave it at that, and see if we have a more balanced response to the article, but i feel the UAF, Search Light, Hope Not Hate and the rest are posting as both BNP members and solicitors. Reply Link Anonymous 28 March 2010 at 17:12 Grierson was a door tenant…. and a tax barrister? Never heard of him until now which says it all really. Most barristers want to do high profile work to build a reputation – this one went for notoriety. Politics is littered with failed barristers. Reply Link Arthur Lincoln 28 March 2010 at 21:22 Gavin | 26-Mar-2010 8:52 am “Arthur Lincoln’s suggestion that discriminating against someone because they are a BNP member is akin to racial discrimination would be laughable were it not so offensive.” If you read my post Gavin I think you will find I have not suggested that treating a BNP member less favourably than anyone else is akin to racial discrimination, unless, of course, you can tell me which race is Muslim? The point I make still stands. Is it acceptable to discriminate against members of a legaly formed political organisation but not acceptable to discriminate against members of a religious organisation? If your answer is yes then you are more bigoted than any BNP member. To deny anyone the right to earn a living in honest toil just because of his/her belief is fascism. Reply Link Matthew O'Brien 28 March 2010 at 22:11 Calling this a “stain on the legal profession” is condemning freedom of expression. Perhaps Maurice Cousins would prefer it if we all stuck to those parties archetypal of our professions, playing it “safe” to avoid upsetting anyone. That way we’ll continue to allow the same mediocre parties to circulate in Parliament, with no issues being addressed and no changes taking place. P.C is frankly ruining our country, and people need to accept that not everyone (even lawyers *shock*) adheres the same ideals. Reply Link Devil's advocate 29 March 2010 at 10:48 I have to say, while I applaud ‘backbone’ and other such personal qualities, I’m surprised and a little worried at the level of support for a man that supports a party that would repatriate people not of ‘British’ descent and is, let’s face it, a deeply racist party. Just because they have capitalised on the state of disenchantment at the way politics is run in this country, and cleverly focused on issues designed to steer away from it’s racial manifesto, does in no way make ‘supporting’ this vile party acceptable. I say this as a British Asian, qualified, Magic Circle associate, also educated at Downing College, like Mr Griffin and Mr Grierson. Under BNP ideology would I be sent out of this country? Or maybe JUST my parents, who have spent the majority of their careers saving lives on the NHS? If you applaud this man so much, you too should wear signs or labels identifying yourself as pro BNP and then we shall see if you belong in the minority or the majority. Reply Link Colin West 29 March 2010 at 13:49 Since when (Margaret, Bob, Sylvia et. al) has being a prejudiced, closed-minded, poshie bigot who grossly exaggerates the problems caused by non-whites to stir up inter-communal hatred been an advantage in saving the country? Indeed aren;’ these the very traits of self-serving despots who have trampled on civil liberties throughout the ages. Of course most people oppose the war, and the EU — but prejudiced idiots like teh BNP are hardly going to do it — being anti-EU hasn’t stopped Grierson’s BNP leaership supping large from the EU trough (or cooking up concil expenses, like all the other politicians, left-and-right) has it? Reply Link Arthur Lincoln 29 March 2010 at 14:42 Devil’s advocate | 29-Mar-2010 10:48 am “If you applaud this man so much, you too should wear signs or labels identifying yourself as pro BNP and then we shall see if you belong in the minority or the majority.” Perhaps a Star of David would be a useful sign? Reply Link Anonymous 29 March 2010 at 14:48 I tried not to be shocked by the despicable comments that were made by many of my legal colleagues who support this individual as being honourable. There is no honour in race hate and that simply is what the BNP is. Reply Link Anonymous 29 March 2010 at 15:58 To those who believe the BNP are flooding these comments, I am sorry but that is unlikely to be the case. I doubt whether they are that interested in what a few lawyers have to say or have even heard of The Lawyer. I am NOT a member of the BNP but do believe in the right to free speech. I suggest there is a reality check. Not all lawyers are London liberals. Reply Link Anonymous 29 March 2010 at 16:18 I share a surname with this man. That’s where any sharing stops. We are emphatically not related. To those who applaud his membership of the BNP, may I remind you that 90% of Germans in the 1930’s thought Hitler and his policies were wonderful. I am concerned about excessive immigration, but I’d rather have that, than the BNP anywhere near political power. Reply Link Nat 30 March 2010 at 14:21 Nick Griffin’s supporters are largely the white working class members of our society. There is a reason for that – he is utterly ridiculous, has no common sense and is completely unable to argue any of his beliefs properly. Many educated people and many uneducated intelligent people will see though his nonsense, his lack of ability to explain comments made by him and his party, and his rather amusing ability to contradict himself repeatedly. I work in the legal industry and I would be appalled to work alongside someone who supports and xenophobic and homophobic party, not only because of what the BNP stands for, but also because you really have to lack common sense to admire Nick Griffin. Reply Link Anonymous 30 March 2010 at 16:58 I am both saddened and disgusted by the level of support shown to Mr Grierson in the comments above. I strongly suspect Mr Grierson has arranged for this page to be hijacked by his BNP colleagues. Reply Link Rob Morgan 30 March 2010 at 18:02 An unknown git from minor chambers. Enough said. Reply Link A Nonny Mouse 31 March 2010 at 08:59 Who cares? He’s not a proper barrister anyway, he practises in Birmingham. Reply Link Anonymous 7 April 2010 at 10:44 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6X8QQwU00Jk The BNP are racist idiots. I refuse to believe that any of these pro-BNP comments are from actual people in the legal profession. 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