The BBC and the BNP

Posted on September 6, 2009

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Somehow or other the BBC is cropping up a lot at the moment, this time because of its controversial invitation to BNP leader Nick Griffin to appear on Question Time.

The whole ‘No Platform’ idea, for me, needs a rethink. The BNP have now achieved some level of electoral success, suggesting that the previous tactic of relegating it to the sidestream of British politics was not working. The BBC invitation recognises this new status quo, and is a brave move from the under-pressure corporation.

Maybe it is better to think of the invitation not as giving the BNP a platform, but giving other parties the opportunity to argue against them on national television. ‘Lenin’ disagrees, but I believe that the way to defeat the BNP is not to act like fascists ourselves, but to challenge them in free debate.

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