How about this for weird?
Nick Griffin, leader of the British National Party (BNP), has declared his happiness at boarding the gravy train to the Europe he despises. He was reported in the Times as follows:
His election and that of his colleague, Andrew Brons, to the European Parliament opens up a huge war chest: they will each have a salary of €91,980 (£80,443) and access to staff budgets of €210,480 and office allowances of €50,424.
Mr Griffin talked about opening a BNP office as his first step but added: “We promised we would give 10 per cent of our wages to local community groups and if we made anything in expenses we would pledge to do the same with that. We will not be putting any money into the BNP but to local community groups to help them celebrate St George’s Day or promote a Christian Christmas.”
I see several problems for him here:
1. ‘If we make anything in expenses…’ implies making personal profit from what should be accountable expenditure. He then commits to giving away ten per cent of what he ‘makes’ – implying that he will retain ninety per cent of what he ‘makes’. Excellent! very honourable.
2. The money will be given to community groups to help them celebrate St George’s Day. St George was probably a Roman soldier in the guard of the not-very-pleasant Emperor Diocletian. Now, I can see why Griffin would have an affection for Diocletian, but why he wants to celebrate a foreigner – whose entry to Britain he would wish to prevent – simply beats me. And look at the list of other non-Caucasians who ‘own’ St George as their patron saint! We don’t keep very good company, obviously.
3. It gets worse. He will give the money to ‘community groups to help them celebrate St George’s Day or promote a Christian Christmas’. Christmas IS Christian – hence the name. It also celebrates the birth of a Jewish kid who was visited by semitic astrologers, who (with his parents) became asylum-seekers in Egypt, who welcomed the stranger and was persuaded by the Syro-Phoenecian woman that God was for all people, not just a particular group.
Has Griffin missed the point somewhere?