tag archives: BNP
23 Oct 2009
We are lucky enough to live in a democratic society and enjoy free speech and the right to stand up for and vote for the party of our choice. Of course this means that people will be allowed to speak whose views are completely at odds with our own; however I would never give up such a basic human right!
If minority parties such as UKIP and the Green Party have occasionally taken part in Question Time debates then the BNP as, unfortunately, a legitimate party, and Mr. Griffin as an elected MEP should too.
It is not up to the BBC to pick and choose panelists based on the political stance of an elected party. The public purpose of the BBC is to represent “the UK, its nations, regions and communities” in an independent, impartial and honest way. Whether we like it or not, there are communities in the UK that feel the BNP reflects their viewpoint and in order to stand true to its purpose, the BBC must allow Mr. Griffin’s views to be represented.
By being invited to appear on Question Time, viewers representing all regions, religions and races have now finally had the chance to put their questions to Mr. Griffin on an open panel and decide for themselves what they think of his appalling extreme, far-right views.