22 October 2009

What would Lord Reith have said?

Why do I have the impression that the BBC is enjoying (even revelling in) the controversy it has generated over the Question Time programme tonight? All those hours of newstime devoted to analysing itself, all those interviews with BBC bigwigs and, of course, the prospect of higher than ever ratings for the programme itself.

On the substantive question of whether the BNP should be given airtime on Question Time, I cannot decide one way or another. On the one hand, I favour freedom of speech (provided of course that Mr Griffin keeps himself firmly within the legal requirements to do with hate speech and so on); and perhaps his exposure might acquaint the viewers with the reality of the BNP's policies. On the other hand, there is a strong case to be made for ostracising such a loathsome bunch as the BNP and as far as possible denying them the opportunity to preach their evil doctrines.

But I do wish that the BBC would not take such delight in being yet again the centre of attention.


Anonymous said...

Thanks goodness our politicians aren't taking advantage of the situation.... oh wait!

Anonymous said...

On the substantive question, I have no doubt: Griffin and the BNP should be given no oxygen of publicity by the BBC. They are racists, fascists and liars. Griffin will come across as reasonable. That's why he's the figurehead of this vile organisation. Only wool-headed liberals wring their hands and worry about "free speach" in this contect, appologentically sighting that 6% of the country voted for them. How can that suprise people? Look around you, more than 6% of the people in our country are morons: of course they'll vote for the BNP. I wouldn't mind betting that half of them find the BNP official policies too liberal.

The law should be changed and the BNP banned.