Yeah so I was one of the 8 million who watched the BBC’s Question Time with Chris Huhne, Jack Straw, Bonnie Greer, Sayeeda Warsi and Nick Griffin.
Of course there’s been a lot of debate surrounding the broadcast so I thought i’d state some of my own thoughts.
The BBC was absolutely right to invite Nick Griffin on, he’s an elected politician now – a million people used their one precious vote in favour of his party and that cannot be ignored. I think people voted for the BNP out of spite, revenge and ignorance. People don’t like the Conservatives and now Labour have been in Government for a while they don’t like them either, they don’t see the Lib Dem’s as worthwhile so they make a protest and vote BNP. The BNP then see this as people agreeing with them which if people even researched their votes with some care they might find that they actually don’t. While most people protest by just spoiling.
We live in a country of free speech, so you cannot shut a speaker out of the conversation. It by no means states you agree with them just by listening to them.
I did feel sorry for the protestors, I didn’t understand why they were there. Of course they don’t like the BNP but why have a go at the BBC? I’m sure they would be more upset if the BBC didn’t listen to them as well.
And so, with this programme, it’s opened up debate about the BNP and Politics in general, all the papers are talking about it and with a general election coming it can only be a good thing to be talking about what we want, where we want to go.