BNP on Question Time

A friend of mine who I met on a UBM team over the summer holiday has just started a blog, and has put up some interesting thoughts about the BNP and the recent Question Time debate with Nick Griffin. As a free speech advocate, the BNP always produce a discussion which interests me greatly, and this one is no different. If you’re interested, the below links are to his blog.

BNP on Question Time – written before Question Time was broadcast

Did Nazi Nick win Question Time? – written after the broadcast

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4 comments

  1. I was struck by the honesty of one of the audience, who was 3rd generation black British,
    when he asked where Nick thought he should live, because he clearly felt 100% British, and so he should. No-one asked what should happen to the Ghurkas: an entirely different point, I know, but still relevant.

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  2. The treatment of Nick Griffin on Question Time was disgraceful, it was less Question Time and more gang-up-and-single-out time. It was merely an attack on Griffin and the BNP, not the topical debate programme that it is supposed to be. If another party were given the same treatment there would be an outrage. Let the democratic vote decide who comes into power and let the farcical party bullying end.

    It’s also worth noting that I’m not even a BNP supporter, but I was absolutely disgusted by the behaviour on QT.

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    1. The treatment of the BNP threw up some very interesting questions. You can argue that the topics should have been broader, not all focused on the BNP, but at the same time we must acknowledge that the topics are selected by the audience. I don’t know exactly how they do them, but I seem to recall it was made very clear that the vast majority of the audience questions were about the BNP. The same system of democracy which gave the Nick Griffin his appearance on Question Time was the system that ensured it would be torrid for him. His inclusion was on the basis of his achieving many votes, and the decision to grill him more than the others was on the basis of many questions. I agree it would have been nice to have a show less focused on bullying Nick, but it’s not something worth overruling the audience’s questions for.

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  3. I think there are a few acceptable norms within politics and anyone who dares to suggest something different gets thrown into the bear pit. like Mr. Griffin. Having said that I don’t agree with him on everything. Stephen Green reminds me of this and his aims are a lot more laudable if not popular.

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