Spending a few weeks away from the normality of home and work life and it’s easy to forget the mundane but nevertheless important things that are still going on. One thing that has been impossible to miss though is the furore over Nick Griffin appearing on the BBC’s Question Time program. Impossible because it has been reported on local news in Australia and Singapore (where I am now as I write this). My access to TV news and the Internet has been sporadic but when I got online this morning and checked my twitter feed, it was dominated by the bbcqt hashtag from last night. The same when I checked my Facebook newsfeed, so although I haven’t seen the program I managed to get a reasonable feel for how it panned out (thanks to @darrenb for his realtime tweets).
A couple of things I find either odd or misguided about the whole thing (and let me preface this by admitting that my understanding of the political system in our country is not nearly as good as it ought to be): The political output from the BBC should not favour one particular party and exclude another nor should the BBC censor the voice of political parties. Like it or not, Griffin and his party have received a substantial number of votes and therefore must have some degree of support and should be given a voice. I would hope that in the case of Question Time, Griffin is challenged by a competent set of panelists that show him and his party as ignorant racists (and that certainly seems to have been the case from the commentary I have seen).
Secondly, I think that the efforts of all those who protested against the BBC’s decision would be better spent targeting the people who voted for the BNP at various recent electiosn. Just like we were always told as children: if you ignore him, he’ll go away. If the BNP had no support, then nobody would be interested in hearing their views and the BBC would never consider broadcasting them.
From what I’ve read today, I can’t believe that Nick Griffin’s appearance on Question time has done him or his party any good at all. Which is a good thing.
Anyway, now that I’ve got that off my chest I can get back to posting photos from my holiday. Which is probably why you came here in the first place.
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