Not content with launching a witch-hunt against Hizb ut-Tahrir on Newsnight, the BBC has further disgraced itself by giving BNP leader Nick Griffin a platform on this week’s Moral Maze on Radio 4 (listen here). The subject was “race, religion and free speech” and Griffin was allowed full rein to spill out his anti-Muslim bigotry.
Needless to say, the fascists are celebrating – “what a show it was”. They add: “What makes interesting listening is the evidence of other guests from disparate sources who largely agreed that ‘hate speech’ laws are unnecessary and that existing legislation prohibiting incitement to violence and murder should be used.”
The BNP must have been particularly pleased by the contribution of panelist Claire Fox, who called for the abolition of the law against incitement to racial hatred and went on to denounce the government for “using the BNP as a pretext for another political clamp-down on free speech – that’s more worrying than anything Nick Griffin could throw at us”.
Mind you, there is a moment of light relief when Griffin, in all seriousness, informs his audience that racism is a term “invented by Leon Trotsky”!