Saturday, October 24, 2009

Politics Made Simple

No, I don't do politics on this blog - - but my old friend Marcus sent me this most entertaining link to British National Party boss Nick Griffin on last night's Question Time.

I still don't know if it was the right thing to do to let this neo-fascist on the programme - all publicity is good publicity etc. However he came over very badly - - kept denying he'd ever said things and the others on the panel would say "Well I've seen a video of you saying it" and he'd laugh nervously and look uncomfortable.

At one point they pointed out that he'd been on a platform with someone from the Ku Klux Klan and he said something to the effect that this particular branch of the Ku Klux Klan wasn't violent in any way, implying they were sort of cuddly and loveable, in fact. So that's all right then.

We must not underestimate this lot, though. They are evil people who give patriotism - which, in the right sense, is a Good Thing - a bad name by co-opting it to their cause. We underestimated the Nazis for ages, right through the 1930s. Peace in our time, and all that.

If you didn't see Question Time last night, this tells you all you need to know. And if you did see it - - well, it still tells you all you need to know.

Okay, that's it with the politics for a while. Enjoy!


Blogger Jennytc said...

Brilliant! I have recorded the programme but not had time to watch it yet. I agree that he and his mob are not to be underestimated. The trouble is that some see him as a credible alternative to the main parties who are perceived as not understanding or tackling the immigration issues.

9:43 am  
Anonymous Oliver FP said...

Well, I think the main parties cave in to the Far Right all the time on immigration issues, and a "credible alternative" would be if supposedly left/liberal politicians stopped using fascist talking points, please.

They need to be unafraid to say that immigrants aren't an evil brown mass, they are PEOPLE who maybe want a job that pays them a living wage, so they can feed their families and have a few luxuries. You know, like other people.

But no - Labour (as well as the Tories, obv) is happy to stir up fear of the Other in order to gain a few votes from highly unpleasant people.

1:00 pm  

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