I usually show very little interest in politics, but I made sure I didn’t miss last night’s Question Time.
According to the BBC, 8 Million viewers (three times more than it’s normal viewership) tuned in to watch the racist British National Party (BNP) leader, Nick Griffin, on the politics debate show. Ofcom says it’s dealing with very small number of complaints it received about the broadcast.
Also on the panel was African-American playwright and cultural commentator Bonnie Greer, Shadow Minister for Community Cohesion and Social Action Sayeeda Warsi, Justice Minister Jack Straw, and Liberal Democrats Home Secretary Chris Huhne.
I still stand by my opinion that Griffin should have appeared on the show to air his ‘views’, or fantasies rather. I may disagree with everything he says but he has the right to say it.
Griffin denied that the Holocaust happened and stated that he thought the Ku Klux Klan isn’t a bad organisation. Deluded.
Some people have said that Griffin was bullied by the ‘hand-picked’ audience and wasn’t given an opportunity to defend himself, but have they stopped to spare a thought for the many victims of the BNP? Probably not.
Griffin has today said that he will be making a formal complaint to the BBC, calling last night’s show “biased” and “twisted” adding “That was not a genuine Question Time, that was a lynch mob”.
Following Twitter, which was reported to have 3,000 tweets per minute with the hash tag #bbcqt, I was quite amused by the British public’s updates. Some serious tweets such as “The show’s giving Griffin unnecessary exposure” and some lighthearted digressional ones like “Who let the drunk in?” when a disheveled looking audience member asked a question.
My favourite two quotes from the program last night were firstly from from a lesbian audience member who had a civil partnership. She told Griffin “I can tell you that the feeling of repulsion is mutual”.
Secondly, an Asian guy in the audience who asked Griffin “Where do you want me to go? I’m British, this is MY country”, continuing to enlighten the BNP leader that there are a lot of people that would much rather pay for his ticket to get out of the country. Then, the kick line:
“The South Pole would suite you perfectly because it’s a colour-less landscape”.
Much applause to both of them and of course to Bonnie Greer who communicated all her points with grace and class.
To be quite honest, the show didn’t live up to my expectations. It would have been a lot more interesting to have heard what Griffin’s party stood for, what their policies are etc. However, from his performance and deliverance we are now much the wiser. Well pointed out by many Twitter followers was the fact that there is a major postal strike going on in the UK, yet it wasn’t covered on the show. I hope we don’t have to talk about Nick Griffin again for a very long time.
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