Griffin on QT – A debate or a witch hunt?

Comment By - Tony Walley

Comment By - Tony Walley

By Tony Walley.

Nick Griffin Video Reaction Now Online!

Ok it’s over now. We can start to analyse the performance of the panel on Thursday’s BBC Question Time.

I thought the stand out performer was Sayeeda Warsi [Conservative] This straight talking Yorkshire woman with a proud Asian heritage was the best of the politicians on the panel. She delivered clear concise answers and her condemnation of the BNP was structured and rational. She absolutely nailed Jack Straw on Labour’s unwillingness to debate the immigration issue that she was right to point out, is turning people away from Labour and towards the BNP.

Bonnie Greer was one hell of a lady! How laid back was she? She gave a common sense non political appraisal of the policies of the BNP and she dealt with Griffin in a calm and unemotional way. She had Griffin applauding her and laughing at her jokes and for a while I though Griffin was quite smitten by her. Her comments surrounding the KKK issue was her best moment, closely followed by her thoughts on the BNP’s stance on the indigenous people of the country was a joy to watch.

Chris Huhne was calm and assertive when he needed to be. He was full of facts and although not as effective as Warsi he had Griffin on the run a few times. His best contribution was the discussion on the You Tube video which showed Griffin giving advice to the KKK on how to make themselves more saleable and when they had won over the population with their conciliatory overtones, then they could turn to their real agenda. This made Griffin accept that he had said those words and for once he could not claim that he had been mis-quoted or his comments were taken out of context.

Jack Straw was disappointing in my opinion. When challenged on immigration he showed exactly why his party are losing votes. He avoided the debate, skirted round the issue, dithered in his explanation of his party’s achievements on reducing the number of both immigrants and asylum seekers. Is it just me that thinks that most of the Labour front bench make comments that are incredibly patronising? When he was explaining  on the ethnic mix of communities and his own constituency he talked in terms of educating the public and how they must learn the value and benefits of multi-culturism. Other Labour front benchers have the same attitude. This party supposed to be the party of the working class and yet when they address their target voters they talk down to them with a “I know better then you” attitude. They need to get back to their roots and re-connect with the electorate because watching Straw last night and the Communities minister Barbara Follet on Newsnight the previous evening, I am in no doubt as to why people are deserting the Labour party in large numbers.

Nick Griffin, a skilled politician? Or maybe a lamb to the slaughter? He came across very badly indeed. He seemed well out of his depth. I was disappointed that he wasn’t given his chance to explain more of his party’s policies on a wider range of issues but then people wanted explanations about some of the more controversial statements that he has made. He was shaking like a leaf and at times seemed to lose his way. His downfall came when he was pressed about his denial of the holocaust. He went with his stock answer of “I’d love to tell you why I used to question the holocaust and why I have since changed my mind on the issue, but EU laws prevent me from doing so” Well,  Warsi, Huhne and Straw jumped in to explain to Griffin that there was no such law and to please carry on and explain. Of course he did not. From that moment on he looked a defeated man. At times it did seem like somewhat of a witch hunt and no doubt the far right will take issue with the audience and the panel. They [the audience] were ‘hand picked’ BNP supporters will claim. The panel was made up of lefties will be another claim our ears will be subjected to. But will it not occur to Griffin and the BNP  that maybe, just maybe, that studio audience will reflect the true feeling of the people of this great country. The BNP will be left in no doubt that our country is by the vast majority, a tolerant and non racist country.

The BNP thought that Christmas had come early by being allowed on the BBC Question Time programme. Today will feel more like Halloween, because they put on a horror show of a performance and must surely now look forward to many, many more years as fringe party of extremists in a political wilderness.

Watch this video, it shows Nick Griffin’s reaction to the programme this morning:


Well that’s my assessment, now over to you…….

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