After what seems like weeks of fuss the BBC are now considering, a last minute change of mind over letting the BNP appear on Thursday’s Question Time.
This would be a very foolish move, and even the rumour of it creates free publicity for the BNP giving them another opportunity to play the injured party. The BNP are a small party with limited support, 6.2% on a 34% turnout at the European Election is nothing to get excited over, especially considering the perfect storm the European election was for the mainstream parties. It would seem, however, that some people are intent on turning the BNP into some kind of martyrs for free speech.
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The above image of Liverpool BNP earlier this year illustrates a certain amount about the intellectual abilities of the BNP. This party will wither in a proper political debate, but instead of challenging them head-on in democratic debate, many seem intent on trying to use censorship to beat them. This is madness. The core of the BNP’s message is that the system is broken (mostly because of people who are different from they are,) and that they’re the party to change it.
The way to beat them is to dismantle their arguments in honest debate. All the anti-BNP craziness that there has been in recent times is allowing them to play the victim card. It is right to be concerned about the BNP’s electoral gains, but Britain does not have a far-right problem! Compared to other European countries Britain’s far-right is pitifully small, their recent success in a mid-term election which was a nightmare for the mainstream parties doesn’t change that. We, the mainstream, are supposed to be on the side of democracy, let’s not use anti-democratic measures against the BNP and in the process give them the right to play the victims.
Comparisons with Jean-Marie Le Pen in France, by some, are not realistic, Le Pen is a relatively charismatic convincing politician, Nick Griffin isn’t!