SCRATCH A GUARDIAN LIBERAL AND A FASCIST BLEEDS.
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE DENNIS MACSHANE. MP, FOR NOW.
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE DENNIS MACSHANE. MP, FOR NOW.
From Comment is free, the Guardian, today.
My running commentary in italics, but not in the Guardian.
The BBC's disgraceful BNP stunt
"The BBC should not provide a platform for fascism. If Nick Griffin appears on Question Time the only winner will be the BNP. ( Lets just confine the free publicity to ourselves, whores, cheats, liars, thieves and warmongers, eh?)
The BBC whose lavish salaries and expenses paid for by the poorest of the land are (sic) obsessed with media stunts as they watch ratings slump (Gordon Brown, of course, is not.) Last week, it was Adam Boulton announcing he would "empty chair" Gordon Brown if he refused Sky's pompous demand to debate on Boulton's terms with other party leaders. Now it is the BBC that has staged its publicity coup by inviting Holocaust denier Nick Griffin on to its flagship Question Time Programme.
SHOCK AND AWE
NEWLABOUR, NEW HOLOCAUST.
Is there outrage? No, the liberal world slumps deeper into its armchair having a little moan about how nasty the BNP is, while the mainstream parties meekly agree to appear with Griffin. (Yes, but the armchair will be sourced from ethically progressive suppliers, that's the main thing, consumerism with a conscience, NewLabour style.)
Inviting the BNP's Nick Griffin as if he were the same as a senior politician from a democratic party is a stunt too far. The only full-length written work by Griffin – Who are the Mindbenders? – plays on old Nazi propaganda that Jews are the secret controllers of the media. As with Griffin's denial of the Holocaust and the BNP's ideology of hate against Muslim citizens, the core ideas are directly descended from the pre-war fascist era. ( Never stood applauding though, has he, as Shock and Awe blitzkrieged urban populations, most of them wogs.)
Yes, they get votes in low turnout elections from folk concerned about immigration. But not one in 10,000 voters knows Griffin's record. The argument advanced by Peter Preston in the Guardian and Matthew Seyd in the Times , as well as the Lib Dem MP Danny Alexander in the Daily Mirror, is that debating with Griffin somehow exposes him and his loathsome ideology.
If only. Question Time is not about rational debate but a ping-pong of point-scoring and gimmicks for cheap applause. ( Is it flagship then or not, HMS Chuckles? Can't have it both ways.) Some of the audience will snarl at Griffin, some will cheer, when he denounces the number of foreigners in Britain or damns the EU. Sunny Hundal has advanced cogent arguments demolishing the myth that this is about a free exchange of views from which the BNP will emerge the loser.
In fact, the only winner will be the BNP vote-bank. French TV journalists went through the same arguments as Jean-Marie Le Pen rose in the 1980s. He and other National Front politicians were elected to Strasbourg, the French national assembly and local town hall. They had MEPs, deputies and mayors. Like Griffin, Le Pen was obsessed with Jewish questions though his main focus was Muslims, other immigrants and pulling out of the EU. But each time he appeared on the French equivalent of Question Time, his votes went up and the other party leaders spent their hour abusing each other as Le Pen just smiled at their political antics.
Today, French TV journalism is wiser. Yes, as an elected politician leading a legal party, Le Pen is reported and awarded a share of time on the election news, just as Griffin has the right to. But given the undemocratic core of his views on Jews, Muslims and immigrants, French TV does not treat Le Pen and the National Front as just another party. British broadcasters should follow suit.(les frogs, cheese-eating surrender monkeys, according to NewLabour's paymasters)
If the argument is made that an electoral mandate confers the right to be boosted by the BBC on Question Time, why not the hundreds of independent councillors, or the other small parties who win seats? (Why not just ban party politicians altogether and Question the people, or is QT the pigs' programme by divine right?)
This is not about democracy (and nor are you) but about the BBC losing its sense of moral balance and editorial integrity.(Oh, Dennis, you are a wag, when did the BBC ever practice balance and integrity?) The BBC, rather than the Daily Mirror and Searchlight, should be exposing Griffin – not boosting his insatiable ego. As he enters his eighth decade (old enough to have been born during Hitler's Reich), David Dimblely should refuse to provide a platform for British fascism.( That would leave him a very small pool of politicians to entertain.)
Gordon Brown should make clear that no Labour minister or MP will appear on Question Time to validate this disgraceful BBC stunt.( Aye, Dennis, there's democracy) Alan Johnson has spoken for most, if not all, Labour MPs and activists by making clear he will not help Griffin up the political status scale by appearing with him. ( Better employed finding new ways to harrass, bully and imprison his fellow citizens.) Labour MPs will discuss this at the party conference and Labour's high command should listen to those who fight hand-to-hand with the BNP on the doorstep before caving in to the BBC.
David Cameron, too, should remember that when Enoch Powell made a racist speech in 1968, the Tory leader Ted Heath ended Powell's career as a front-rank Tory MP. Heath went on to become prime minister. Cameron and Nick Clegg should be as brave today. All democratic parties should make clear that if Griffin appears on Question Time, David Dimbleby can have him to himself.(Strange h0w Dimbleby's regular, ruthless suppression of the voice of Everyman never excites McShane's RentaGob ire.)"
MacShane was elected by those voting tribally for a gang of careerists who hijacked the Labour movement, he considers their safe-seat imprimatur entirely legitimate, that of those who voted, perhaps despairingly, for Griffin, less than so.
MacShane, his party, the Tories, and probably the Ulster Undertakers Party, maintain that the slaughter of innocents in Iraq and Afghanistan is the flowering of Western liberal democracy before which all right-thinkers should prostrate themselves.
A YOUNG MACSHANEE,
COLLATERALISED FOR DEMOCRACY.
MacShane, fretful that his oily bombast, his bullying and his shameless greed will see him thrown out on his arse, now casts himself as scourge of the neo-Nazis, heedless, wilfully, that he is a Strurmbhanfuhrer in their bloody ranks; what a piece of shit.