Monday, 23 November 2009
POLICE SECURITY FOR GRIFFIN ON QUESTION TIME COST £143,000
BNP leader Nick Griffin’s controversial appearance on Question Time will cost taxpayers £143,000 in police costs, it was revealed today.
Critics are now calling for the BBC to pay for the cost of protecting the leader of the far right party from anti-fascist groups who protested outside the corporation's studios in west London, last month. The Met drafted in thousands of extra police at a cost of £109,000 and spent a further £13,000 in overtime, and £21,000 on road closures, erecting barriers and a helicopter. The decision to invite Mr Griffin on to Question Time prompted a mass demonstration, with at least 500 protesters picketing the corporation.
Labour MP Andy Slaughter, whose constituency covers the Television Centre in White City, said BBC bosses should pay for the security out of the £17.5 million they pocketed in bonuses last year.
Sorry, I don't believe that should be the case. The cost should be paid for by London Council Taxpayers. If they want to have all these HQs on their doorstep they have to pay for them, the same way that Glasgow and Scotland as a whole is paying for the COMMONWEALTH GAMES. We should not IMO be paying for the London Olympics but that is another matter.
Were the BBC right to have Griffin on QUESTIONTIME? I believe so, but as discussed on previous postings the show was badly directed and presented. As ARISTOTLE once said, "WHEN THE SWORD OF DAMACLESE FALLS, SOME FUCKER'S GOING TO GET CUT"!