A controversial issue in the UK this week is the BBC’s decision
to invite the British National Party - the far-right, whites-only
political party - to appear on Question Time, the BBC’s flagship political
Critics fear that the move will legitimise the BNP’s far-right
views, while the BBC has defended the invitation on the grounds that its
role as a politically neutral public service broadcaster would be
undermined if it excluded the BNP - which won its first European
Parliament seats this year with an estimated million votes.
To me it is clear that no matter how abhorrent the BNP’s policies
on certain issues may be the BBC has a duty to invite it to
participate as it is a legitimately recognised political party.
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