BNP leader Nick Griffin was on the telly Thursday night.

Friday morning’s papers were full of how he made himself look stupid, and how he showed himself for the bigot he is (hypocrisy for the day: the Daily Mail calling him a bigot wins the Pot/Kettle Award for 2009). I wonder how far in advance of the programme those stories were written?

Yes, he was caught out in some factual inaccuracies – politicians of all parties regularly are. He was caught out by policies his party used to hold and has now turned away from – politicians regularly are, especially on Question Time.

I don’t like the BNP policies – not many people do – but at least they have some and they believe in them, unlike the party that won the last election (it doesn’t seem right to call them “the ruling party” under present circumstances), who long ago abandoned their manifesto promises and now just stagger from crisis to crisis making it up as they go along, with increasingly ridiculous attempts to cover up for their last ridiculous attempt: it’s a bit like the end of The Italian Job would’ve been, if it had gone on for fifteen years and Charlie had left the bus to go and be an anti-robbery sepcialist with the Italian police, and the Benny Hill character had been put in charge.

So were the BBC wrong to invite Nick Griffin on? No, in my opinion. He’s an unpleasant person with unorthodox views, but enough people agreed with his views to return him as an MEP: the mainstream parties have to take those voters seriously, and find out why they’re embracing extreme policies.

And the people who didn’t vote last time need to see who they let in.

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