back to article Marmite sends in the lawyers against BNP

The maker of Marmite has launched legal action against the British National Party for using the brand in an election video. Global omnicorp Unilever was unimpressed by a YouTube clip that prominently featured a jar of its celebrated yeast extract alongside a standard loony tirade by BNP leader Nick Griffin. The firm today …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
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    Vile zionist global corporation UNILEVER should sort their own house out.

    1. Richard 81


      We've got ourselves a nasty one here.

      1. LuMan


        Yep, you said it. Get that man a jar of chill and quick about it!!

    2. Michael H.F. Wilkinson Silver badge

      Please don't

      feed the troll

  2. John G Imrie

    Hate Party

    So Griffin will be the leader of the Hate Party then.

    Me .. I'm after some free Love :-)

  3. Daniel 1

    They should hve told Griffin to shove it up his arse

    But they're clearly not into that sort of product placement.

    1. Disco-Legend-Zeke


      ...Preparation H makes that suggestion.

    2. Michael H.F. Wilkinson Silver badge
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      luckily it is not my own keyboard


  4. blackworx

    Say What You Like About Nick Griffin

    He knows how to get publicity for himself and his shower of shitebags.

    1. Jerome 0

      Public relations

      Which is lucky for him, since he can't find a P.R. guy who doesn't want to kill him.

    2. Ian Stephenson
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      Funnily enough...

      There is nothing I like about Nick Griffin

      1. blackworx

        Re: Funnily enough

        Just to clarify, Ian - I don't actually admire him for it. To me it's only yet more evidence of the fact that there is no depth to which he will not stoop to get publicity for himself and his shoddy little party.

        1. Ian Stephenson

          Re: Re: Funnily enough

          I guessed that, just your title was too much of a gift to let go past without a cheap joke.

          Sorry if it seemed a dig at you.

          <Have one of these

    3. Hollerith 1

      Agreed -- that's what these sort of people are good at

      When it comes to your basic fascists, racists, etc., you couldn't ask for easier 'branding' and publicity, because simple thoughts can be expressed simply (every advertiser's dream) and because, lacking any morality or ethics, they are free to say anything and do anything they want to. The joy of being 100% certain you are right, you are special, and that you are exceptional, is that you believe the rules don't apply to you.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Big Brother

        Hey don't stop there

        lets also mention the moronic ultra PC - ridden, commie loonie left - they are just as bad, if not worse offering us seemingly good things such as polictical correctness, which is just a form of bully -boy censorship of the way people express themselves. Orwell was right only a little early in his predictions. AC cause I am liberal and love all this Left / Right mud slinging

      2. Bob. Hitchen
        Jobs Horns

        Target rich environment

        Oh I thought you were talking about MP's!

  5. andyb 2

    There has to be....

    There has to be a yeast extract / BNP / Nick Griffin joke in there somewhere :)

    1. Michael H.F. Wilkinson Silver badge

      As in

      He did not evolve beyond yeast?

  6. Shaun 1


    "Very upset at our using Marmite in our TV broadcast. They should have thought of that before modelling the one for their Hate Party on us."

    They didn't prominently display a jar of BNP in their ads though.

    Maybe if they'd implied Marmite using some generic yeast based spread it would be a different matter

  7. Rod MacLean

    Hate party.

    I really hate Marmite.

    Having said that, I'd glady eat my way through a truckful of it if I could only kick Nick Griffin in the stones, just once.

  8. Anonymous Coward

    Fascist thugs

    Unilever, quite a bunch of Corporate thugs and gangsters.

    Why are Unilver getting involved with politics?

    1. heyrick Silver badge

      Unilever getting involved with politics

      It is well known that Marmite (icky icky stuff, WTF is it really?) is either loved or hated. This had led to spoof "Love Party" and "Hate Party" adverts.

      I don't see Marmite/Unilever so much getting involved with politics as taking the p*** out if it. Which, let's face it, is more interesting than most political manifesto broadcasts.

  9. LinkOfHyrule

    BNP = scum

    Marmite sues (or applies for an injunction) against the BNP - who'd of thought that would of ever happened! Such a ridiculous joke like story befitting of the joke that is the BNP. And when I say "joke like" I mean the sort of vile nasty joke that Bernard Manning would make.

    Hey BNP, here's a slogan for ya -

    BNP - you either hate us or you f***ing hate us.


    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Say what you like...

      Say what you like about Griffin, at least he knows it's "should have" not "should of".

    2. The First Dave


      Well done, very mature; great way to hold the moral high-ground.

    3. Naughtyhorse


      pint (metaphorical) spilled.

      top comment

  10. Will Godfrey Silver badge


    The only group of people who happily embrace the Streisand Effect

  11. Anomalous Cowherd Silver badge

    BNP unlikely to like it...

    It is dark brown after all.

  12. John Dougald McCallum


    What have you got against shitebags? They are useful they are.Excelant fertiliser.Or is that bags of shite.

  13. John Foster 2
    Paris Hilton


    I don't recall the Marmite ads mentioning the BNP, they were quite clever topical pieces I thought.

    Clearly the BNP does stand for hate:

    "They should have thought of that before modelling the one for their Hate Party on us"

    implies admission of the fact from where I'm standing

    Paris, because well... because of the Marmite jar that says "Squeeze me"

  14. Anonymous Coward

    The Wind of Change in the BNP

    At last, they've tried to recruit a black member...

    1. Jonathan Richards 1

      Griffin can have a black member any time

      Try slamming it in the door.

  15. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    More Marmite for everyone.

    Felt compelled to buy one and leave it on the train. Best advertising the BNP could ever have hoped for. See an abandoned marmite jar @ 0.99p & get the message. Pay for a hoarding, £1000's ignored.

    I love marmite.

  16. Anonymous Coward

    UNILever + BNP = Seem's like a perfect pairing to me........

    According to The Daily Telegraph, Hindustan Unilever, an Indian company that is majority owned by Unilever, was forced to withdraw television advertisements for its women's skin-lightening cream, Fair and Lovely. Advertisements depicted depressed, dark-skinned women, who had been ignored by employers and men, suddenly finding new boyfriends and glamorous careers after the cream had lightened their skin

    Found here:

    1. blackworx

      Not so black and white

      The thing is, in India darker skin is associated with lower castes and the lightest, almost caucasian skin with high caste Brahmins. As most people know, extreme inequalities exist between castes. Whether or not that state of affairs is acceptable is neither here nor there when deciding if that puts Unilever on a par with the BNP. The advert in question was probably quite an accurate - if exaggerated - representation of the social effects the use of skin lightening products (along with a healthy dose of lying about your background) can have in India. One could even argue that products like that, despite playing along to and perpetuating centuries-old prejudices abhorrent to our western sensibilities, have a net beneficial effect for their target market - i.e. dark-skinned low-caste women who want to improve their lot in life.

      I'm not saying it's right, I'm just saying it's not so cut and dried as Unilever saying "light skin good, dark skin bad" which is what we all *know* Nick Griffin believes but will never say in public.

  17. Elmer Phud

    Either you hate us or . . .

    . . . just fucking despise us.

    Either one will do.

    Alien - it's coming through immigration right now and is moving in next door to Griffin

  18. Spleen
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    My favourite kind of political clash - one involving two sides both of which I oppose, and would like to see cancel each other out in a sort of matter/antimatter reaction.

  19. Winkypop Silver badge

    "On his Facebook page"


    Say no more.

    The guys a complete ding-bat

  20. Anonymous Coward

    BNP & Marmite

    Bitter things you get by scraping the bottom of the barrel.

  21. Dave Bell

    Remember their Spitfire?

    The BNP does seem to have an unfortunate habit of being reckless with other peoples' copyrights.

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      bnp: boneheaded neanderthal plagiarists

      indeed. the estate of a herr a. hitler in germany is unhappy that the bnp manifesto was stolen from their copyright material. again.

  22. Dick Emery

    BNP on toast?

    Mines the one with the char grilled buttie.

  23. sT0rNG b4R3 duRiD


    I was just about to go to bed, and now I have a craving for MARMITE, and we're all out of the stuff. And we're miles away from any Tescos. Thousands of miles.

    Thank you very much, El Reg.

    The locals here claim something called vegmite (or some such) is far superior, but do note this comes from folk who eat timtams and lamingtons.



  24. Anonymous Coward
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    Well actually they are the ones who do not lie. They say what they mean. init

    No hiding anything.

  25. Michael H.F. Wilkinson Silver badge

    Say what you like about Griffin


    Finished yet?

    Thank you

    (tips hat to Tom Holt)

  26. Max_Normal

    I neither particularly like or hate marmite, so that's busted so far as I'm concerned.

    I hate Nick Griffin though. How about peanut butter?

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