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The BNP on Question Time

October 22, 2009

It’s a tricky one. Do you go with the principles of freedom of speech and allow vile fascists a place at the Question Time table, or not? In my humble opinion, you have to give these narrow-minded racists the chance to air their views, not matter how abhorrent I find them. I’m not at all sure that Question Time is the best place to do it though – I can only hope that Auntie is giving Nick Griffin enough rope to hang himself with. Fingers crossed anyway.

On this subject, you should take five minutes to read this Independent article: 10 things you should know about the BNP when you watch Question Time tonight. Some jaw-dropping stuff in there. You may already know that Nick Griffin is a convicted racist who said Hitler ‘went a bit too far’. Did you know he stood in the witness box at his trial (for inciting racial hatred) and said: “I am well aware that the orthodox opinion is that six million Jews were gassed and cremated and turned into lampshades. Orthodox opinion also once held that the world is flat.” Such odious claptrap provoke a string of adjectives that I won’t sully your pixels with. But, he’s one of the few people in the world to whom I will mentally, at least, attach a four-letter label which begins with ‘c’. And it’s a word I thoroughly despise and will not use out loud. [Reaches for the mental toothbrush once more…]

I won’t be watching Question Time tonight. I will not bolster that nasty little man’s ego by boosting the viewing figures. I won’t presume to advise what you should do tonight either. What I will say is that we all carry the responsibility for challenging these racist and ignorant views when we encounter them. So please don’t duck the issue, or pretend not to hear, when people come out with this vile nonsense. Unless there is real, physical danger, do challenge it, loud and proud. 

And while we’re about it, Hope Not Hate is still doing its bit to bring down the BNP, so you could head over there too.

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