My mother always taught me that no one can help the colour of their skin. I have believed in this all my life. Griffin's racist views are vile to me and every civilised person. What the BBC succeeded in doing however was in making many of the non-London audience feel sorry for Griffin. What is popular in the mosques and synagogues of London does no necessarily play well in the great cities of the Midlands and the North. Diane Abbott noted this on Andrew Neil's show that immediately followed Question Time!
My title is taken from page 6 of today's Daily Telegraph and refers to Sue McGregor, 68, who presented the Today programme for 17 years who said "I don't think it was right to completely skew the formula to him and one issue. It either gave him a huge audience for his views, which I would not approve of, or it gave the impression of attack dogs against Nick Griffin". That is BBC speak for we cocked it up! The article goes on to say, "Privately many members of BBC staff have said that inviting Mr Griffin on to the programme may have back fired" Another bit of economy with the truth! There was nothing wrong in inviting him on but it was the way he was treated that caused the problem. The BBC made him into a martyr and as the Romans say , "The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church"
Well there was plenty of Griffin's blood spilt and he took what the Duke of Wellington would have called a hard pounding but remind yourself who eventually won at Waterloo?
Griffin sat there nervously and took it, kept his cool, and was there at the end to raise the issue of the ethnic cleansing of London to hoots of derision from the biased audience and panel. It was a performance of courage in a very difficult environment.
Today however, the Daily Mail runs a story headlined below, sourced back to 10 Downing Street that shows Griffin was telling the truth. Click on the link below to read it.
Labour 'deliberately let migrants in to make Britain more multicultural and so Tories could be accused of racism'
It claims that Labour's relaxation of immigration controls in 2000 was a deliberate attempt to engineer a 'truly multicultural' country and plug gaps in the jobs market and that it was approved by Blair and Straw. I won't summarise the article but urge you read it for yourself. Its very frightening.
And therein lies Griffin's usefulness in the political debate. He can raise issues which other, more Political Correct, party leaders are scared to touch not because these issues like Islam and immigration are not important, but because of the possible damage to their pygmy like political reputations. When one is interviewed by the Civil Service one is always asked to chair a committee on some fatuous topic. The one essential as chairman is to ensure that you elicit everyone's views no matter if you and the rest think someone is a real numpty. Numpty views sometimes turn out to be important and even if most of that person's views, as with Griffin are indefensible, one must be careful of dismissing all their views without examination. Play the ball not the man!