During the recording David Wooding (sadly a Sun hack) was live tweeting and he reported
Griffin hits back at Straw: “My dad was in the RAF during WW2 and Jack Straw’s was in prison as a conscientious objector.” More boos #bbcqt
Edgar Griffin ertswhile conservative politician and Freemason is Nick’s ‘proud’ dad,
joined the Conservative Party when he returned from two years national service with the RAF in India.
Mr Griffin countered that he had been a party member since 1948,
War ended in 1945, so what gives, is Nick being a bit of a fibber or his dad has his dates wrong? Jack Straw’s father-
That Jewish maternal grandfather was also a TGWU shop steward on the London buses, alongside Ernest Bevin. His father, Walter Straw, was an insurance clerk and conscientious objector, and his mother, Joan, was a teacher. They were Congregationalists, socialists and pacifists who had met in the Peace Pledge Union. His father left his mother when Jack was 10, something that led Straw to refuse to speak to his father for 30 years. Straw says: “I was brought up on the Pyries Lane Estate in Loughton by a single mum; we had very little money; there were five children and no father but we didn’t get into trouble.” Poor but straight , in other words.
Edgar Griffin served in the dying days of the British Raj in India, in charge of 20 local aircraft mechanics. “I got on very well with them,” he says. “The Indian ladies also used to invite us to tea and were most kind to us.”
And another commenter Clive says-
One option would be to pay a visit to the British Library. Amongst the multitude of documents are 300 volumes – “Air Force List Dec 1918-Oct 1948: L/MIL/17/10/1-300.” – which cover the Royal Indian Air Force and the RAF in India.