Well, did you watch? And if so, what did you make of it?
I had been in two minds over whether to tune in or not, but in the end, decided to go ahead and see what the idiot had to say. I honestly don't think the producers had any choice but to invite the BNP to participate after their success in the last European Election, but still, I did feel uncomfortable about it.
Whilst Griffin did come across as the despicable racist that he is, with his anti Islam, anti homosexuals and pro KU Klux Klan comments, I do not think the BBC handled it well. By turning it into a 'BNP special' they over sensationalised his presence, and made Griffin a focal point. I felt at times like I was watching a medieval trial, and I'd hate to think that the mob mentality displayed by the audience might incite some people to feel sorry for him. I think it would have been far more effective if the programme had followed its normal format. Griffin's view would still have become apparent - in fact, I think he'd possibly have been more extreme if he wasn't constantly on the defence.
What politicians need to do now is target those people who have supported by the BNP and persuade them through reasoned debate, policies and logic why theyir loyalties should be placed elsewhere. The BNP don't deserve support and other parties need to prove why that is the case. That's the challenge we're all facing when campaigning in the run up to the next general election, and with Nick Griffin living in Montgomeryshire, I'll definitely be working hard to prove why they don't deserve any kind of support.