Friday, October 23, 2009

Last night's Question Time...

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.

3 comments:

Nigel Roscoe G0RXA said...

Well said.

Have to confess I didn't watch the programme feeling the publicity would only serve to help Griffin and his hench men.

I sincerely hope the voters will come out in sufficient numbers to ensure the BNP do not progress.

Sorry to hear Griffin lives in your patch. I'm sure he won't be a problem for you.

Daran said...

"By turning it into a 'BNP special' they over sensationalised his presence, and made Griffin a focal point."

And Dimbleby was hardly impartial in the chair either.

Although the oaf exposed himself for what he was, at the end I couldn't help feeling he'd been allowed to play the anti-establishment card and had been gifted the chance to talk about race for the best part of an hour.

People like us might have felt sick watching it, but he wasn't trying to speak to us was he?

transfattyacid said...

I think your missing the point.

"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."

It's a hard truth that people haven't grasped but the reason people vote BNP is based on logic, reason, and debate.

It is no conicidence that BNP support is in areas in which people send their children to school in order to learn - but they spend their time teaching the other kids in the class because those kids don't speak English.

Or that they face daily racial abuse - but it isn't racial abuse - because they don't blong to a racial group that matches the targets for dealing with racial abuse.

I realise that the common consent is that BNP voters are ignorant - the only problem is that this attitude simply re-inforces the core vote and exposes the bigotry of those spreading the lie.