The BBC should be congratulated for inviting the ultra-right-wing British National Party leader Nick Griffin to appear on tonight’s Question Time programme. It is right that broadcasters should allow him to appear on grounds of impartiality.
The BNP’s views may be odious and disgusting, but the British people have a right to debate the issues in an open and public arena. At least these days, the difference between the BNP and the mainstream political class is that they actually do speak their minds. Compare this to the actions of the Labour government… the same government who have tried to trample of peoples’ basic human rights and open question the views of those other than their own. The same government whose immigration policies leave many people fleeing countries where they face genuine persecution virtually destitute, unable to access any benefits. Many are caught more are locked up in detention centres and forced to live in appalling conditions, and then deported without any real feeling or compassion. The same government who have verbally and physically attacked Muslim peoples since 9/11, and which have accelerated since 7/7….and the likes of MP Peter Hain, who unsuccessfully tried to get the BNP banned from our TV screens, dares to call himself an anti-racist!
It’s very convenient that the government has tried to divert the news agenda away from the political problems caused by the damaging two-day strikes at the Royal Mail. On Question Time tonight, cabinet minister Jack Straw should be the person put on trial, not Nick Griffin.