The fascist British National Party (BNP) is attempting to capitalise on the two seats it took in the European elections in June by grabbing as much free publicity as possible. And, outrageously, the BBC is helping it.
The corporation last week invited the party onto its flagship debate show Question Time – saying that the BNP has “electoral support at a national level” and so has to be allowed on to preserve “impartiality”.
This would give the BNP the biggest platform it has ever had and allow it to spew its message of hate out to millions.
But anti-fascists are determined to stop them.
They aim to surround the BBC studios where the programme will be recorded and prevent the show from being broadcast.
Campaigners will also appeal to media workers at the BBC to refuse to co-operate with work on the programme.
Appearing on Question Time will allow the BNP to pose as a normal political party. But it is anything but. The BNP is a Nazi party that aims to use democratic freedoms today, in order to deny them to their opponents tomorrow.
BNP leader Nick Griffin is a convicted Jew-hating, Holocaust denier who says he wants to build an organisation that can “defend rights for whites” with “well-directed boots and fists”.
The futility of calls to debate the fascist right can be seen in the recent anti-Islamic protests by the English Defence League. These streetfighting thugs are touring areas with large ethnic minority populations, chanting, “We hate Muslims.”
Among them are leading members of the BNP. Are we really supposed to discuss and debate with them as if they were a normal part of British society? Of course not.
The only way to remove the cancer of Nazism is to deny it the chance to be a vehicle for the growing anger at the economic crisis. That means we must starve it of the publicity it craves.