How the BNP’s far-right journey ends up on primetime TV

Nine years ago BNP leader Nick Griffin set out plans to cleanse the party’s image in his bid to win over the media. On Thursday he joins BBC’s Question Time, an appearance that has already caused controversy – will his views be rebuffed, or will he flourish in the media spotlight?
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2 thoughts on “How the BNP’s far-right journey ends up on primetime TV

  1. I am relaly unsure about your championing of Douglas Murray as an anti-BNP speaker. In 2006 he said the following:

    It is late in the day, but Europe still has time to turn around the demographic time-bomb which will soon see a number of our largest cities fall to Muslim majorities. It has to. All immigration into Europe from Muslim countries must stop. […] Those who are currently in Europe having fled tyrannies should be persuaded back to the countries which they fled.

    Sounds to me like the opposition to the BNP you suggest is pretty close to them on some issues.

  2. dave,

    Your point is actually closer to Nick’s than you realise, though Murray is of the conservative right, his overproximity to the views of Griffin’s (at least within the context that Griffin is toning down his views to seem electable and not extremist) will be problematic in that Griffin will appear as the voice of consensus, as Nick says. It is because, not in spite, of the closeness that you mention in your comment above, of Murray’s and Griffin’s *view* that is the problem.

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