THE CHRISTIAN HAWK

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The BBC's "Lynch Mob" Will Only Promote the BNP

Nick Griffin Scores Points at BBC Harangue



...Let us remember that British politics has never been an entirely clean business and always gives people another chance as and when they moderate their views. As an example, we now have IRA members in government in Northern Ireland and certain Labour Party MPs were once active communists.

On October 22nd, 2009, Nick Griffin, the leader of the British National Party appeared on the BBC's 'Question Time,' which is a political, audience participation evening show.

Several politicians had attempted to stop the programme from even going ahead due to Mr Griffin's perceived racist views. In the event, the BBC purposely changed the format of the show for Mr Griffin's appearance without his permission, or prior knowledge, and the BNP leader was effectively subjected to what he later described as a "lynch mob" of constant angry hostile questioning which seemed designed to belittle him wherever possible. So, yet again, liberals demonstrated their hatred of free speech. What seems quite amazing is how the BBC failed to understand that such up-front hostility and seeming determination that Mr Griffin should not be allowed to present any of his views without interruption, would surely work out in the favour of the BNP, and that seems to have been the case.

It appears that, within hours, the BBC received about 300 complaints about the programme, and a huge majority were complaining about the way that Griffin was treated. The BBC has been prepared to admit that complainants who complained at the way Nick Griffin was treated, outnumbered those who complained about his views by more than 2-1. Even more telling was the YouGov poll taken only hours after the 'Question Time' debacle. The poll showed that 22% of voters would now consider voting for the BNP, a figure which will frighten many people. This is surely because everyone on the panel decided to turn 'Question Time' into the Nick Griffin Show and made absolutely clear to millions of viewers what the BNP stood for; in this manner the BNP gained huge credibility because the party unashamedly tackles the thorny issue of immigration, maybe some were unaware of this before the show, now they would no longer be unaware of it. The problem is that the three major British parties refuse to come up with any consistent or coherent policy on immigration even while a majority of the British people want to see all immigration into Britain banned, especially from countries which do not share traditional British values. A 'News of the World' poll of 504 people based on interviews with a random sample of adults on 23 and 24 October, has suggested that two-thirds of Britons feel that the mainstream parties had no credible policies on immigration.

The BNP claims that 3,000 people registered to join the party during and after the broadcast, which was watched by a record eight million viewers. So, like it or not, This 'Question Time' revealed - without a shadow of a doubt - that the British National Party are the only party which shares the widely-held British view that large-scale immigration should be halted. The British are also an innately fair people and - even if one might loathe certain past comments or associations of Nick Griffin - there can be little doubt that he was treated most unfairly, with the odds carefully stacked against him. Mr Griffin has since said that he plans to complain to the BBC as he had faced a "lynch mob."

Mr Griffin also complained that the normal format of Thursday's programme had been changed and it should not have been held in London, which he said was "no longer a British city" because of the levels of immigration. Again, there are many Britons, people who are far from being racist, who will be sympathetic to some of these comments.

Even more interestingly, Griffin has recently made it plain that his party supports Christian values (he has long been an opponent of Islam), and here is where many Christians (who will, of course, be casting their vote in the 2010 General Election), will have experienced their ears perking up! Even more so since David Cameron, the present leader of the British Conservative Party, has seemed unwilling to show any sort of support or empathy towards the currently beleagured Christianity within our Isles. Several years ago I stated that any British political party bold enough to reject the presently seriously misguided multi-culturalism and to insist that Britain must once again be considered as, and promoted as, a Christian country, would pick up the votes of many thousands of British Christians. Unfortunately Conservative Party leader David Cameron has purposely separated himself from those older conservative values which were always generally supportive of Christianity and attempted to re-invent the party as strictly 'middle ground' and liberal; this being the case, many Christians who traditionally voted conservative will now have doubts. There can be no doubt that many such people will have carefully noted Nick Griffin's supportive comments.

The Christian Hawk continues to lament certain past comments of Mr Griffin and perhaps especially his former association with a KKK member, but let us remember that British politics has never been an entirely clean business and always gives people another chance as and when they moderate their views. As an example, we now have IRA members in government in Northern Ireland and certain Labour Party MPs were once active communists. It's unjust, insulting and patronising when liberals insist that the public should not even be allowed to hear the BNP's views.
The Christian Hawk, October, 25th 2009.


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