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:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HMCpI8nFUs

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

Is it right to BBC the BNP?

Comment By Tony Walley.

Nick Griffin, MEP & Leader of the BNP

Nick Griffin, MEP & Leader of the BNP

As Thursday’s BBC Question Time debate looms large, I have found myself wandering whether we should be giving the BNP a platform on prime time TV.

The answer I keep coming to is -  damn right we should!

I support the editorial stance that the BBC has taken over this issue 100%. I passionately support the principles of free speech. I protect our country’s democracy and the BNP’s right to exist and their supporters right to support them.

Anyone who reads this site will be in no doubt of what I think of the BNP and their discriminatory policies.

“They have got some good policies!” – I wish I had a pound for every time I have heard that! But do you know what? As long as the BNP have one policy that prejudices on the basis of a person’s skin colour I am not interested in anything else they have got to say.

You have to blame the reluctance of the mainstream parties to tackle the immigration and asylum issue. They have inadvertently helped the BNP’s cause. The electorate have, for a long time now, have been crying out for a sensible debate on this most sensitive of issues.

Labour, the Conservative and the Liberal Democrats have always treated immigration and asylum like something that we must not talk about, something that must be swept under the carpet.

The one party that has wanted to talk about immigration and asylum is the BNP. Well not just talk about it, but to lie and spread malicious untrue facts and figures that have been disproved time and time again.

So, we should welcome the opportunity to beat the BNP, to bash their policies, to out their hatred of everyone that is not white Caucasian.

The people charged with this responsibility on Thursday night are Tory peer Sayeeda Warsi, said by many to be the most powerful Muslim woman in the country. She is the shadow minister for community cohesion and a former lawyer. In 2007 she became the the first Muslim woman to sit on the front bench of a political party. Labour’s Justice Secretary Jack Straw, who has had first hand experience of fighting the BNP in the north of England. He has said that Labour have proved that when they fight them hard, they can be defeated and seats will be won back.  Chris Huhne the Libdem spokesperson on home affairs and Bonnie Greer who will add and independent slant to the debate.

I am really disappointed that Welsh Secretary Peter Hain is trying to force the BBC to withdraw their invite to Griffin to take in this debate. Hain is using the recent ruling on the BNP membership policy and claims that the party is “an unlawful body”.

This gives the impression that the three main parties are afraid of taking on this far right party. What Hain and his ilk are not taking into consideration is the fact that the Great British public want this debate. Two separate polls have confirmed it.

We can not keep overlooking the fact that people are voting for this party. They are still behind the Green Party in terms of membership numbers but never the less, they can not and should not be ignored.

Their arguments should be fronted and defeated, their policies should be scrutinised and outed for being discriminatory. Their loathing of Asians, Black, Chinese, EU membership, Gay people, should be highlighted and shown as not conducive to life in a multi-cultural country like Britain.

The BNP must be defeated on a political platform and if our politicians fail in that duty, we will see a rise in their popularity. Democracy comes at a price and that price may well be the first BNP MP at the next general election.

If that happens our mainstream parties must take a share of the responsibility, for it is them who even now in some quarters are trying to avoid taking on the far right head to head.

The BBC is an easy target for allowing this debate to take place. I think the BBC should be applauded, for it is they who have made the main three parties to face up to their responsibility. The polls and the viewing figures will prove that they are bang on the money with giving the public what they want. A heavyweight contest that will rival the Frazier v Ali rumble!

Bring it on……