The British National Party is a detestable organisation. Dimwitted troglodytes in thrall to Nazis, they are an affront to everything that is truly British. They are a minority movement of racist thugs coated with a paper thin veneer of political respectability and they are worthy of nothing but contempt and derision. Nonetheless, they are a legal political party with a smattering of representation at a local and European level and as such are entitled to represent themselves on the BBC’s Question Time. Democracy isn’t served by slamming the door shut in the faces of those with whom we vehemently disagree, so those who argue that the BBC are obliged to pretend the BNP does not exist, that an increasing number of alienated and disenfranchised people are not voting for them, that they are not winning local council elections, that they will just go away if we ignore them are wrong. Well meaning, perhaps, but wrong.
The throng of protesters who have gathered at the BBC Television Centre this evening to demonstrate against Nick Griffin’s appearance are also exercising their democratic rights. But they are not helping and, given that the majority of them are almost certainly a rent-a-mob comprised of members of the Socialist Workers Party, they are little better than the fascists they are so opposed to anyway.
Griffin will thrive on this and will attempt to take the moral high ground: here he is, trying to engage in democratic discourse and violent lefties are laying the BBC building to siege and attempting to stop the show being recorded. As pointed out at Harry’s Place, the protesters are simply providing film footage for the BNP’s next party political broadcast. They’re playing right into their hands.
But no matter. While Griffin and his imbecilic cohorts are no doubt terribly excited about their upcoming appearance, they really shouldn’t be. Apart from some short-lived publicity, they are not going to benefit from this. Griffin will try and put up a good fight but his arguments cannot stand up to scrutiny. He will be torn apart by reason and subjected to what he fears the most, what all fascists fear the most: ridicule. He will be battered in this debate and he will be revealed for the intellectual lightweight he is, because apart from his poisonous views on race he has nothing else to talk about, nothing else to offer. I can think of no better way to expose the BNP for what it is than to have Griffin demonstrate his stammering ignorance on national television.
Nobody will be converted to his cause, while opposition to it will be hardened immeasurably.
Looking forward to it.