BNP and Question Time

The BBC had a golden opportunity with tonight’s Question Time, and they blew it.

The BNP thrive on being vilified, being picked on, being treated as a special case. I sit next to a member of the BNP on the London Assembly and I can assure you they are nothing to be scared of.
When they are given the opportunity to act like real politicians they struggle and then they fail. This can be seen in council chambers across the country and in any video of Mayor’s Question Time you might want to watch. Elected BNP members quickly move from being a mild irritation to becoming a complete irrelevance.
Question Time provided the perfect vehicle to show this incompetence, but the BBC did what so many on the left do, obsess about the BNP and feed their inflated sense of self importance. It was clear that Almost the whole of tonight’s programme focussed on Nick Griffin and the BNP. Where were the questions on the postal strike, the funding cuts for the TA, swine flu, recording of crime figures etc. etc. etc?
The BBC treated Nick Griffin and the BNP as a special case, they are not special they’re just crap.

24 responses to “BNP and Question Time

  1. Totally agree, a wasted opportunity to point out what a shambles the BNP are. Instead of the normal format the programme descended into 'bash the BNP' show without a single question on a topical issue.

    We all know the BNP are racist but the show failed to address any of their other policies which are equally dreadful.

    Worse the whole format of ganging up on the BNP and treating them differently helped fuel Griffins image of the 'political elite' beating up the 'BNP underdog'.

    A shame the programme did not follow its usual format, and a shame it was all vs the BNP rather than all v all as it normally is.

  2. Totally agree, a wasted opportunity to point out what a shambles the BNP are. Instead of the normal format the programme descended into 'bash the BNP' show without a single question on a topical issue.

    We all know the BNP are racist but the show failed to address any of their other policies which are equally dreadful.

    Worse the whole format of ganging up on the BNP and treating them differently helped fuel Griffins image of the 'political elite' beating up the 'BNP underdog'.

    A shame the programme did not follow its usual format, and a shame it was all vs the BNP rather than all v all as it normally is.

  3. I'm an American and work in US television. Consider the long term results and then consider a moment that the BBC's failure to handle Griffin the way most Britons agree was correct today may have been entirely intentional.

    It costs too much. Nothing you see on television is random or accidental.

  4. I'm an American and work in US television. Consider the long term results and then consider a moment that the BBC's failure to handle Griffin the way most Britons agree was correct today may have been entirely intentional.

    It costs too much. Nothing you see on television is random or accidental.

  5. Couldn't agree more, James.

    Hating something that breeds hate is to lose. Rather, engage in rational discussion in the stark, public, light of day to expose ill founded logic and ill conceived opinion.

    I discussed at length with my wife whether last nights appearance on question time will actually have swelled the BNP ranks.

    Her stance is that all publicity is good publicity – which is what the BNP appear to be crowing about. I agree to a point, but also I have faith in people to make their own decisions on the basis of what they saw.

    What they saw was an irrelevance, as you say in your post, James. Hopefully they will recognise that and not devote any more time to this than it deserves.

    There is plenty for us all to be getting on with. Both in our own lives and the share of mind we give to salient public debate.

  6. Couldn't agree more, James.

    Hating something that breeds hate is to lose. Rather, engage in rational discussion in the stark, public, light of day to expose ill founded logic and ill conceived opinion.

    I discussed at length with my wife whether last nights appearance on question time will actually have swelled the BNP ranks.

    Her stance is that all publicity is good publicity – which is what the BNP appear to be crowing about. I agree to a point, but also I have faith in people to make their own decisions on the basis of what they saw.

    What they saw was an irrelevance, as you say in your post, James. Hopefully they will recognise that and not devote any more time to this than it deserves.

    There is plenty for us all to be getting on with. Both in our own lives and the share of mind we give to salient public debate.

  7. With the shooting gallery aimed directly at Griffin, there were no proper debate on domestic and foreign issues.Yes I agree give him some rope then watch him hang himself.

  8. With the shooting gallery aimed directly at Griffin, there were no proper debate on domestic and foreign issues.Yes I agree give him some rope then watch him hang himself.

  9. It is unfortunate that there are people with the same views as Griffin. They should not be allowed to be in politics.

  10. It is unfortunate that there are people with the same views as Griffin. They should not be allowed to be in politics.

  11. Just read this story on the News Shopper website:

    http://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/bromley/4700397.BROMLEY__Cops_mobbed_during_BNP_Nick_Griffin_Question_Time_protest_at_BBC/

    Why the hell should the Bromley tax payer suffer again, having their resources diverted away to deal with clashes between right wing scum and left wing scum in central london? This is a disgrace. Bromley is woefully under-resourced as it is.

    As my MPA member – even potential MP if the rumours that I hear are true – I trust you'll deal with this sort of lunacy.

  12. Just read this story on the News Shopper website:

    http://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/bromley/4700397.BROMLEY__Cops_mobbed_during_BNP_Nick_Griffin_Question_Time_protest_at_BBC/

    Why the hell should the Bromley tax payer suffer again, having their resources diverted away to deal with clashes between right wing scum and left wing scum in central london? This is a disgrace. Bromley is woefully under-resourced as it is.

    As my MPA member – even potential MP if the rumours that I hear are true – I trust you'll deal with this sort of lunacy.

  13. A very interesting comment from Rattler – and spot on with the observation.

    As a potential MP for the area will you ensure that Bromley gets a fair share of the Metropolitan Police resources? At the moment all of their resources are diverted in to areas that tick the boxes for certain 'fashionable' agendas and Bromley is left to suffer. As good as John Horam and Jacqui Lait were as local MPs, they just never tackled this problem.

    Over to you!

  14. A very interesting comment from Rattler – and spot on with the observation.

    As a potential MP for the area will you ensure that Bromley gets a fair share of the Metropolitan Police resources? At the moment all of their resources are diverted in to areas that tick the boxes for certain 'fashionable' agendas and Bromley is left to suffer. As good as John Horam and Jacqui Lait were as local MPs, they just never tackled this problem.

    Over to you!

  15. Stupid people still have votes and stupid people will vote for them. You fail to mention that the party that shouldn't be taken seriously already has two democratically elected MEPs. The Nazis were thought of as a bit silly in their early days. I don't know what the answer is but it certainly is not ignoring it and hoping it will go away.

  16. Stupid people still have votes and stupid people will vote for them. You fail to mention that the party that shouldn't be taken seriously already has two democratically elected MEPs. The Nazis were thought of as a bit silly in their early days. I don't know what the answer is but it certainly is not ignoring it and hoping it will go away.

  17. >> From an UK friend, former Tory voter who stopped going to polling station
    >> after 1997 gun ban :
    >>
    >> “The Tories have strongly indicated they will repeal the ban on
    >> hunting with hounds (tho I very much doubt they really will). However, I
    >> believe that Cameron will consider that quite sufficient for him to claim
    >> he's done his bit to show he's different from Labour and that there's no
    >> chance he'll back-pedal on the handgun ban. Plus he can point to the
    >> fact
    >> that the BNP are not making any promises to legalise handguns so what's
    >> the point of voting for them.”
    >> __________________________________
    >>
    >> Will UK have a tory government or a kind
    >> of weak coalition ?

  18. >> From an UK friend, former Tory voter who stopped going to polling station
    >> after 1997 gun ban :
    >>
    >> “The Tories have strongly indicated they will repeal the ban on
    >> hunting with hounds (tho I very much doubt they really will). However, I
    >> believe that Cameron will consider that quite sufficient for him to claim
    >> he's done his bit to show he's different from Labour and that there's no
    >> chance he'll back-pedal on the handgun ban. Plus he can point to the
    >> fact
    >> that the BNP are not making any promises to legalise handguns so what's
    >> the point of voting for them.”
    >> __________________________________
    >>
    >> Will UK have a tory government or a kind
    >> of weak coalition ?

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