Friday, 23 October 2009

Nick Griffen

The leader of the BNP, the far right extremist, was on Question Time last night tyring to persuade people that he was nice and cuddly and not a Nazi but failed and failed quite spectacularly. Much has been made of his views on Holocaust denial, but he won't tell you them as he believes he would be arrested in France!! He did however keep referring to a English indigenous people (the English Aborigine) who can trace their ancestry to migrating to the UK after the last Ice Age 17 000 years ago. This however is a ridiculous notion for three reasons.

1. There have been waves of immigration through history (Celts, Romans, Angles, Saxons, Normans, Huguenots) so to say that you can accurately trace your ancestry and say you were not related to any of these is a joke

2. Everyone has 2 parents, 4 grand parents, 8 great grand parents, 16 great great grand parents, 32 great great great grand parents, 64 4great grand parents, 128 5great grand parents, 256 6great grand parents, 512 7great grand parents, 1024 8great grand parents 2048 9great grand parents assuming they are all different people. How can you know that they are all "indigenous English"

3. I have 23 chromosomes from each parent so about 11 from each grandparent, approximately 6 from each great grand parent, 3 from each great great grand parent and 1 from each great great great grand parent meaning that you are about as genetically related to your ancestors as you are to the person sitting next to you.

What an idiot

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