As ‘G’ Day approaches, the BBC Chief’s of Staff are out strutting their stuff to assure us plebs that the battle will be won, there will be no loss of life amongst the politically correct brigades, and the enemy will look like a well plucked chicken before night is out.
Never have so few been the grateful recipient of so many column inches in the history of Freedom of Speech.
Tonight, Question Time will finally gain the audience they have always felt is their due, having spent the past few weeks stoking up mounting hysteria over their decision to invite Nick Griffin of the BNP onto their programme.
Peter Hain has been wheeled out of semi-comatose retirement to explain to us how it is that inviting decent men and women to share a platform with Griffin and his ‘repellent racist views’ – which are akin to Nazi-ism, which in turn is code-speak for eating Jewish babies before the sun is over the yardarm, is quite, quite different from sharing a platform with Gerry Adams and Martin McGuiness who were merely advocating blasting young British soldiers to all corners of the planet. One is apparently a reasonable exercise in power sharing under democracy whilst the other illustrates the imminent decline of democracy.
The Independent newspaper has produced a fine example of balanced investigative reporting with its 10 things you should know about the BNP which lists 10 historical examples of the alleged racism at the heart of the BNP and absolutely nothing about any other policy they may have. I presume that if you have an ‘Independent mind’ you only need to know the reasons to condemn the BNP.
‘Someone’, helpfully, released the full list of all 11,811 members of the BNP to the media this week, revealing that the membership is not, as propaganda would have us believe, comprised solely of brain dead knuckle dragging thugs, but includes a healthy smattering of lawyers, judges and police officers. Last time such a list was leaked, it was by a disgruntled ex-security officer of the BNP itself. In whose interest was leaking this list? Hmmn.
Ex-Army Generals, who were only last week raising ‘grave concerns’ over the politicisation of the military when General Dannatt accepted Cameron’s offer of a defence role, rushed to join the political fray and joined with that same General Dannatt in condemning the BNP for ‘hijacking the good name of the military’ thus proving that some politicisation is a good thing, but offering support to the Conservative Party is A Bad Thing.
Nick Griffin will be joined on the platform by other luminaries such as Jack Straw, he of the ‘too close to pro-Hamas faction‘ M15 report, Hamas having agreed never to eat Jewish babies before sundown, this is not a problem.
Lesser known bait to persuade the Griffin to fly in include Baroness Warsi, she of the homophobic suggestion that Labour was allowing schoolchildren to be propositioned for homosexual relationships – What? No Tweeting campaign on this point? Homophobia taking a back seat here?
Chris Huhne, who livened up his last BBC appearance by claiming that Speaker Martin had fallen asleep during one of Gordon Brown’s interminable recitations of tractor stats – a claim he later retracted.
And last but not least, Bonnie Greer the black American theatre critic who fully understands the need to provide drama to the small screen in order to drive up ratings.
The BBC, of course, could not possibly be accused of having invited the BNP to liven up this lack lustre collection of has-beens and never-has-beens. They have invited Griffen ‘in the interests of balance’ on the basis of their having got 6.2% of the vote in the last European elections.
Bonnie Greer didn’t even stand in those elections, never mind get a vote. Perhaps Bonnie was invited to represent the 66% of Europeans who didn’t bother to vote?
‘Question Time’ is habitually watched by 0.0166666667% of the population according to my calculator.
Mass hysteria meets Dead Duck.