Nick Griffin on Question Time

Everyone is talking about Nick Griffin’s rather tentative and embarrassing performance on Question Time, and whether the BBC should have invited him, so I’ll add my tuppenceworth.
I absolutely condemn the racist and fascist BNP, and I hope that no one ever votes for it again.  Before the euro-elections last June, both Conservatives and Labour had a clear policy of not sharing a platform with the BNP, and I was happy to support that policy.  But the fact is that some six percent of our fellow citizens voted BNP in June, and returned two BNP MEPs.  We may think that these voters were wrong — I certainly do — but the fact remains that we live in a democracy.  Those voters were entitled to their point of view, and much as we may regret the outcome, they have in effect legitimised the BNP as an elected political party.
Sadly and reluctantly, therefore, I think we have to accept that we have no alternative but to share platforms with these people, and debate against them, and take them on in public.  And by the same token, the BBC as our national broadcaster has an obligation to involve them in broadcast debate in something like the measure relevant to their electoral performance.
I was astonished by a report today in the Sunday Telegraph that “the BBC’s decision to invite him may have back-fired”, in view of the interest generated by the programme and the apparent twitch in the BNP’s polling figures.  This statement suggests that the BBC had an agenda to vilify or belittle Mr. Griffin.  Appalling as the BNP is, it would surely be equally appalling if the BBC had such a biased agenda against an elected parliamentarian (though many may say that this is typical of the BBC).  The BBC’s job is to give elected politicians a platform and allow licence payers to form a judgement; not to set up hunting parties and elephant traps for elected parliamentarians, however odious.
Of course many politicians and commentators were hoping that Griffin would make an odious fool of himself, and most commentators thought he did.  He smirked; he wriggled; he failed to answer questions; he made remarks about the Holocaust and the Ku Klux Klan that were simply not credible, and were offensive.  Yet he claims that his appearance generated a great deal of traffic on the BNP web-site, and a surge in membership applications.  Certainly the published opinion polls suggest a small increase in BNP support.  Prominent Labour politicians like Peter Hain are lamenting the oxygen of publicity given to the BNP, and fearing a surge in far-right activity.
It is now the job of mainstream politicians to take the BNP’s arguments head-on, and to beat them in debate.  But as many have remarked, to an extent we mainstream politicians must take some of the blame.  Bound hand and foot by political correctness, we have been frightened to address vital issues that matter to voters on the doorstep, like crime and immigration.  We have left a vacuum in which the BNP can sweep up votes.  We can best stop the march of fascism by responding to voters’ concerns with effective, fearless and credible policy initiatives in these areas.

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6 Responses to Nick Griffin on Question Time

  1. Paul says:

    Racism begins with our families, parents, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, grandparents, people we admire, respect and love. However, as we grow and mature we come to the realization that what we were told by of family when we were children were slanted lies base on their prejudices. We realize that most people are more alike than different and want the same things, like a home, steady work, a Medicare plan and schools for our children (if you travel you will see this).

    We realize that most people are of good hearts and goodwill.

    This current climate of blaming others for our woes is not new. We have had this before and we have conquered it .

    Remember “Evil flourishes when good men (and women) do nothing”. Raise your voices with those of us who believe we are equal and we can again win this battle.

  2. libhomo says:

    The Greens got two seats, yet that legitimate political party was excluded. Many of us here in the US used to trust the BBC as a news source. Now, we can’t. They have shown a complete lack of accountability, professionalism, and oversight by showing favoritism to the BNP.

  3. Come off it, Libhomo. The Greens get plenty of airtime on the BBC, even if they weren’t invited on this one programme. Apart from anything else, the BBC has been our national cheerleader for climate alarmism.

  4. Glyn says:


    why would people vote you? why you keep saying bnp is racist i am a member of the bnp and i am half welsh and half english so are you calling the welsh and english racist then?

  5. East Midlands voter says:

    The BNP is absolutely racist. They were forced in the courts to allow none-white members – though why any would want to join such a party I will never know!

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