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The BBC's interview of BNP Leader & subsequent protests

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Protests at BBC
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/t...on-Centre.html

Will the sky really fall in?
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/ri...eally-fall-in/

Should the BNP be on Question Time
http://blogs.reuters.com/uknews/2009...question-time/

Sorry for all the links but I couldnt find one news report that seemed to cover everything.

This kind of goes with the White House vs Fox News thread, the BNP (British Nationalist Party) are a registed political party and currently hold two British European Parliament seats. However they are known to be racist in nature and were recently forced into allowing non white membership to the party.

Question Time is a show that airs on the BBC at around 10:30pm. It is a debate / Q&A style show where the public can apply for tickets to ask politicians questions. The BBC has a complicated structure and is not like most TV channels, it operates as a trust under a Royal Charter and collects a license fee but is meant to operate independent of the government.

Do you think the BNP should be allowed airtime?
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Originally Posted by icklemiss21 View Post
Do you think the BNP should be allowed airtime?
Yes, because they have just as much freedom of speech as the next party.

And although i'm not racist they do have some points, because i'm fed up of having to change the way i live in my own country for others who have moved here.

And my estranged brother is a BNP candidate as well.
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Originally Posted by Rosiemac View Post
Yes, because they have just as much freedom of speech as the next party.

And although i'm not racist they do have some points, because i'm fed up of having to change the way i live in my own country for others who have moved here.

And my estranged brother is a BNP candidate as well.
I agree. I strongly feel that if one moves to another country they should abide by and adopt the laws and rules of that country. I know if I moved to, let's just say Dubai as an examle, I doubt they would let me wear my short-shorts out in public so I feel strongly that people need to adapt to their adopted country rather than the adopted country having to adapt to them. I have no problems with them practicing their religion so this isn't about that at all so let's not make it into that nor is it about skin colour so don't go there either.
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I know some people who campaigned for the BNP, who have many friends who are immigrants and not white but their mainstream views are against the changing of the British culture to suit immigrants, which to some degree, I agree with. However they are a bit extreme for me.

That being said, if they were allowed to form a recognised party, I dont see why it lands on the BBC to decide if they are 'right' to be a party. They offer airtime to all registered parties on Question Time and personally I would love to have the chance to question Nick Griffin on their real policies.
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Heres one reason why agree with the BNP.

A nursery rhyme which is older than me called "Baa baa black sheep" was changed a few years ago because of immigrants to "Baa baa rainbow sheep"

Never in all my years when i sang that as a child did i relate it to racism, and i still don't because we have after all black sheep in our fields.

Political correctness is seriously wrong in this country now, and it's only going to get worse.

Theres a series on at the moment called BNP Wives, and really interesting
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Even before that it was baa baa little sheep before that became offensive to 'vertically challenged' people and dont forget its not a whiteboard its a dry wipe board and not a blackboard but a chalk board.
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Originally Posted by icklemiss21 View Post
Do you think the BNP should be allowed airtime?
Jes and No.

Jes, just like any other political party they should be allowed air time.

No, they shouldn't be allowed to make racial comments or deny the holocaust. If they do make racial comments or deny the holocaust the BBC should comment on it afterwards or delete such statements.

And no- I'm not talking about censorship I'm talking about not allowing racial comments go without further commentary on air.

regards,

christine
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Originally Posted by icklemiss21 View Post
Even before that it was baa baa little sheep before that became offensive to 'vertically challenged' people and dont forget its not a whiteboard its a dry wipe board and not a blackboard but a chalk board.
See, it's all gone mad! We would be arrested if we shortened the the word Pakistani, but does that make it ok for people to call us Brits?!. I don't take offence to it because as one BNP wife said last week that's what we are, and she's right.
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If they do make racial comments or deny the holocaust the BBC should comment on it afterwards or delete such statements.
From what they were saying on the BNP Wives program, it's not that they denied the holocaust, what they were unsure of was the numbers that were given that died in it.
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Originally Posted by Rosiemac View Post
From what they were saying on the BNP Wives program, it's not that they denied the holocaust, what they were unsure of was the numbers that were given that died in it.
Right Such people shouldn't be allowed to tell lies on the BBC. For me diminishing the holocaust is the same as denying it.

The BBC should either name the historically correct numbers- or cut this lie out of the footage they are going to broadcast.

regards,

christine
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For me diminishing the holocaust is the same as denying it.
When they questioned her about them denying it i thought "what a stupid question?", because how on earth can anyone not think it happend?!
post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by Rosiemac View Post
Heres one reason why agree with the BNP.

A nursery rhyme which is older than me called "Baa baa black sheep" was changed a few years ago because of immigrants to "Baa baa rainbow sheep"

Never in all my years when i sang that as a child did i relate it to racism, and i still don't because we have after all black sheep in our fields.

Political correctness is seriously wrong in this country now, and it's only going to get worse.

Theres a series on at the moment called BNP Wives, and really interesting
That disGUSts me...ridiculous, absolutely. Moronic in fact. PC has gone so far as to be absolutely INCORRECT. UGH
post #12 of 12
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http://network.nationalpost.com/np/b...26/343844.aspx

So they listened to him, asked questions and no one is running out voting for him, it didnt give the party any extra legitimacy and the protests were pointless

Although personally I find the protestors dressed up in nazi outfits with masks of Nick Griffin just as offensive as his racist policies
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