Despite mass protests, peaking with thirty protestors entering the BBC Television Centre, the BBC today celebrates a record audience for Question Time with BNP leader Nick Griffin.
I haven’t watched Question Time in years and didn’t bother this time, as the show itself was of little consequence. Predictably the panel did all they could to condemn and distance themselves from Griffin, who today casts himself as the hero who survived a lynch mob.
The BNP entered the Question Time bear pit with nothing to lose. Their support remains small and is most likely to be made up of hardened supporters who are not at all bothered by the party’s racism. One in five Britons describe themselves as racist anyway, a substantial group to which the BNP can market itself.
This massive publicity boost will only help the BNP win support from people who feel disconnected from mainstream politics; people who lack the skills and education to take advantage of the opportunities contemporary Britain offers; people who are instinctively conservative; people who believe in an imagined 1950s style golden age when Britain was white, entirely heterosexual and women were happy as homemakers; people who are ready to believe fascism’s myths and are open its simplistic solutions.