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Last Updated: Friday, 6 May, 2005, 08:51 GMT 09:51 UK
Black and white

POSTED: Friday 6 May, 0400BST

Election counts are great places for pictures - all the human drama of victory and defeat. Rosettes for the politicians and comedy headgear for the fringe candidates.

Eagle-eyed Press Association photographer Phil Noble was at the count for Keighley, west Yorkshire when he spotted this one: A pair of Nike's Stand Up Speak UP anti-racism wristbands - a must-have among teenagers and promoted nationally by Arsenal's Thierry Henry.

And where was the band spotted? On the wrist of Nick Griffin, leader of the British National Party.

I do not support this man or his party in any way but it is obvious why he is wearing those bands. The BNP fought their campaign on the basis that racism against white people is as common as racism against black people. He agrees with the message but the other way round to most people!!
Cath Breen, Bolton

Oh that settles it then, He can't be racist. And to think all this time ... Does Nick Griffin seriously believe that this is going to fool anyone? Although admittedly the gain in BNP votes seems to suggest he is, scary.
James, Cambridge, UK

Lets not forget that the bands are not Anti-Racism bands, they are Kick Racism out of Football bands!! A completely different ball game!!
Stuart Dempsey, Stevenage

Is it me, or does that prove that some people are wearing the bands for fashion purposes rather than in support of the organisations.
BK, Plymouth Sutton

I think that this just goes to prove how stupid the BNP are. Either Nick Griffin is extremely stupid, or he is a bigger hypocrite than any other party leader in this election. Does he know what those bands are for? Or is he just trying to be fashionable? Either way he's made a bigger fool of himself than Tony Blair over Iraq!
Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales, UK

I think the guy genuinely believes if he is patriotic and believes he is doing the best for his country then he is not being racist. Thats the only way I can understand such an idiot.
Matthew Cook, Leicester, UK

A publicity stunt, surely?
Richard, Cambridge

Perhaps Nick Griffin supports British jingoism whatever the skin colour of his fellow nationalists.
Tim Bannister, Manchester, England

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