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BNP Leader Nick Griffin’s Question Time Review, With Jan Moir, David Letterman And All The Views

by | 23rd, October 2009

nick-griffin-2_632928a DID BNP leader Nick Griffin do it on Question Time? Did Nick Griffin do what everyone who sat up to watch political chatter over tractor racing, repeats of Coronation Street and strippers get what they hoped for? Did he tick the boxes? Let’s take a look:

Sky News : “Disgusting’ Griffin Defends Ku Klux Klan”

Far-right BNP leader Nick Griffin has defended the Ku Klux Klan, attacked Muslims and called gay couples “creepy” in a controversial appearance on BBC’s Question Time.

Were it not for the KKK, Griffin could pass for a tabloid hack voicing off. “JAN MOIR FOR LEADER!”, “BUY THE DAILY EXPRESS!” come the cries from the BNP voting households. Can Griffin recover?

At one point moderator David Dimbleby snapped at the BNP leader for smiling as he struggled to answer a question about his past denial of the Holocaust. He was booed as he attacked Jack Straw’s father for being in jail for not fighting in the war while his own father was serving in the RAF.

Smirking… Snide comments about MPs…We stayed awake for this?

Sky’s chief political correspondent Jon Craig said: “Griffin was exposed on Question Time as a nasty piece of work, with unpleasant views on race, immigration, Islam, homosexuality and Winston Churchill.”

BNP leader is unpleasant… We needed to watch him to know this?

Those front pages:

“Griffin uses BBC to attack Islam and defend the Klux Klux Klan” – Daily Telegraph

“As protestors bay outside, Griffin says “I’m not a Nazi’” – Guardian

“Hostile reception for Griffin” – The Times

“BIGOT AT BAY – Jeered, scorned and ridiculed…but still BNP leader milks his moment in the spotlight. Now the BBC faces angry questions of its own” ” – Daily Mail

“Griffin baptism of fire at the BBC” – Indy

“BNP leader Nick Griffin is… A DISGRACE TO HUMANITY” – Daily Express

“RAT RUN – BNP chief scuttles away after humiliation on TV” – Daily Mirror

“BNP CHIEF IS A NUTTER… even wife puts boot in” – Daily Star

The Show Without Punch

The Guardian : “BNP on Question Time: Lone voice freezes Griffin’s grin”

Nick Griffin was not sitting on the far right of the panel. But if that would have been a cliche too far for Question Time’s producers, Mentorn, there was symbolism enough as the four men and two women took their seats for last night’s recording.

Faced with the BNP, all three mainstream parties, in what had doubtless been the subject of some negotiation by the programme’s producers, were seated squarely to the left of the long, curved desk, with David Dimbleby in the centre acting as a reassuring buffer against any anticipated xenophobic spittle.

Bonnie Greer alone, unelected and hence beyond contamination, sat next to Griffin, though with her elbow nearest to him planted firmly on the desk throughout, one shoulder directed in sniffy contempt.

And her eyebrows ready to fire at will.

The Times : “Audience is outraged as Griffin says Churchill would have joined BNP”

The British National Party’s exposure to a nationwide audience provoked outrage last night as its leader reiterated his claim that Winston Churchill would have joined his party.

And Churchill would have served diligently under leader Nick Griffin. Right, nick? Far right!

BBC : “Griffin attacks Islam on BBC show”

His references to Britain’s “indigenous people” prompted other members of the panel to challenge him to say he meant white people. Mr Griffin said the colour was “irrelevant” and said Mr Straw would not dare go to New Zealand and tell a Maori he was not “indigenous”. “We are the aborigines here,” he claimed

At least he’s doing jokes now.

THIS Is Staffs : “Mixed blessings in TV’s big time”

“The vast majority of this audience finds what you stand for disgusting,” one man told him. “You’d be surprised how many people would have a whip round to buy you a ticket to the South Pole,” said another. “It’s a colourless landscape and it’d suit you fine.”

The Times :

The redoubtable American playwright Bonnie Greer, who refused to look his way, started him off by referencing the new law that would require the BNP to admit non-whites to its membership. “You laugh,” said Ms Greer. “If I was you, I would be scared.” The vision of the policy U-turns a mass influx of Muslims would cause, was such a good joke Mr Griffin even applauded.

She wasn’t joking. If every non-white, Jews, Muslims, Hindu and more join the BNP, the BNP would die.

The Sun : “I’m the most loathed man in Britain”

SMUG bigot Nick Griffin appeared on BBC1’s Question Time last night – after sparking mayhem at Television Centre. At one point the fascist BNP leader, 50, confessed he was “the most loathed man in Britain” among Nazi sympathisers.

The Opinions

Daily Mail, Max Hastings : “Repugnant, slippery and exposed as an empty vessel”

Anyone think Hasting is giogn to talk about the war?

Greer said that Churchill’s mother was possibly of Mohawk Indian descent, which made nonsense of the BNP’s ideas on British racial identity. As a history lesson, almost all the panel talked tosh. Winston Churchill, in his own time, possessed the values and racial attitudes of the Victorian aristocracy from which he came, wildly politically incorrect in modern terms.

The Guardian, Aditya Chakrabortty : “Nick Griffin on Question Time: No big gaffes, so he will say it’s a success”

Griffin’s success last night can be defined as follows: neither cabinet ministers nor protesters stopped him from getting on air and there were no punch-ups nor any telltale flashes of temper. For the BNP, those are sufficient grounds to chalk up last night as a victory.

The Sun : “Sun panel gives its verdict on BNP leader”

Matthew Todd, editor of gay mag Attitude, says… Saira Khan, of TV’s Apprentice, says….

You need to know what the gay man and the Asian woman

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