The BNP on the Beeb: Exposing their rhetoric

No doubt Nick Griffin must be basking in some delight – triumph in the European Elections, the BNP performing well in council elections and getting invited onto BBC Question Time, as Times Online reports.

The Corporation must have known this move would cause controversy – several Labour MPs and one cabinet minister have pledged to boycott the show.

The BBC have defended their actions, stating that the BNP had gained “electoral support at a national level” and thus deserve more airtime. I’m inclined to agree – up to a point. We chose to live under democracy – and unfortunately, however vile and evil the BNP’s views are, they are elected and the BBC has a duty to be as representative as possible. It has always made me sick to my stomach that the BNP can claim any sort of representation of anybody, but the fact that they have several councillors, a GLA member and two MEPs unfortunately states otherwise.

The rights and wrongs aside, I think Griffin’s appearence on Question Time could be one of the best chances that Labour, the Tories and the Lib Dems have to confront the leader as a representative of his party – if not the best representative! I’ve always argued that the far right always inflict more damage when out of public scrutiny – the BNP haven’t come out of nowhere. They’ve built up from their small gains in Millwall in the 1990s to having 6.5% of the national vote. The party themselves know that electorally they have legitimacy – and if continually blocked from publicity will claim themselves to be political martyrs. They already do – and this feeds into the working classes general disengagement from “traditional politics”. Anyone see a pattern emerging?

Of course the BNP will use Question Time as an outlet for their views. Every fringe party does. But we have a duty to oppose them and expose the BNP’s arguements for what they are – spiteful and ill-informed rhetoric with not a jot of evidence to back up their claims. So I was pretty dismayed to say the least when I discovered that Labour MPs are refusing to share a platform with them. If we do this, we might as well hand victory to the BNP straight away – we’ve already tried this approach. Not only has it got us nowhere, it’s actually done the complete opposite, as the EU elections proved. What’s the point in continuing with an approach if it’s counterproductive?

I know from personal experience that people respond better if you go face the far right and expose them. For example, many people I have spoken to have reacted angrily when I tell them that BNP members – even some councillors and organisers for the party have committed many criminal offences. And we’re not talking traffic crimes here – crimes such as making and distributing indecent images of children, keeping the largest haul of explosives ever discovered in the UK and mass bombings. No-one is a saint sure, but I do doubt that a party with so many criminal convictions can be considered “patriotic” if they persistantly break the laws of the land they take so much apparent pride in. It’s a blatant hypocrisy. Of course there are many, many other things the BNP can be challenged on – e.g. the sickening views on rape promoted by Greater London Authority candidate Nick Eriksen.

Labour shouldn’t be refusing to share a platform. That’s what Griffin wants – so don’t give him the ammunition to feed into his “self-interested politicians” and “standing up for the common man” message. We know it’s a falsehood – if the BNP really was supporting the “common man”, why are all their election leaflets to do with the BNP as a party and absolutely zero content on local issues? These sorts of questions need answering – and in order for us to expose the answer, we need to face them. If the BNP are in the public eye, there’s no better way to expose their empty arguments and the vermin behind the veneer.


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