Path to reconciliation must not be derailed by Griffin

30 09 2012

 
SDLP Oldpark Councillor Nichola Mallon has hit out at inflammatory comments made by BNP Leader Nick Griffin after he attended the Ulster Covenant commemoration and said he should withdraw them immediately.
Cllr Mallon was speaking after the far-right MEP sent a foul-mouthed sectarian tweet to republicans following his presence at Stormont during the commemoration ceremonies.

 She said: “Nick Griffin has shown himself, yet again, to be the living embodiment of all that is wrong in political activism – espousing racism, sectarianism and every kind of venomous and bitter disrespect.

 “By using the language he used, he has also proven himself unfit for elected office and the authorities at the European Parliament should be taking advice on what action to take against him.

 “His presence at Stormont today was deeply unhelpful and should have been challenged– all Nick Griffin seeks to do is stir up discontent and sectarianism in Northern Ireland, and that is the last thing we need. I would hope that unionists will disassociate themselves from the backward and archaic political views which he so disgustingly expressed today