Democracy and Marriage, Pt 2

A huge misunderstanding of democracy.

Yesterday, I covered the appalling lunacy that took place recently on British television.  This is the concluding part of my Post.

Nick Griffin and his party are gaining support because immigration in Britain has been overdone, and anything overdone is bad news. Moreover, many perceive that their own government has been involved in a campaign of nickgriffinblatant lying.

The average Brit is a staunch yeoman, solid as a rock, but he won’t take being lied to, nor patronised, nor flooded with immigrants of an alien culture who often show little wish to integrate and some of whom seem to be actively seeking the downfall of the west and the establishment of a single Islamic worldwide Caliphate.

Now these are megalomaniac dreams, but many before have had them: Genghis Khan and Hitler to name but two.

There is also a visceral dislike of certain Islamic practices seen as alien to an open, democratic society based on Human Rights, in particular the attitude to women.

Hence the growth of the BNP, which – despite the above arguments – remains a nauseatingly xenophobic and homophobic party.

BUT, and here’s the rub, it does – for better or worse, and thanks to the idiotic policies of the present Labour government – represent the views of a substantial and increasing minority of people.

Now, when the decision of the BBC to invite Nick Griffin to appear on “Question Time” was announced, all hell let loose in the press. The BBC was roundly criticised, including by top government officials, for allowing “these extremist views” to appear, alleging that this would give Griffin an opportunity to air his unspeakable views.  Here’s just one example from the press, this from the Times.

THE BBC has provoked controversy by giving the British National party a platform for the first time on Question Time, its top current affairs programme.

Nick Griffin, the BNP leader who was elected to the European parliament in June, is expected to be on the show in October. The corporation has decided that the far-right party deserves more airtime because it has demonstrated “electoral support at a national level”.

The move has caused consternation among politicians, with some Labour MPs and at least one cabinet minister pledging to boycott Question Time. They fear the BNP will use the publicity to promote a racist agenda.

The change in policy has also triggered dissent within the BBC. One senior correspondent, who did not want to be named, said: “It’s barmy … Public servants can be sacked for membership of the BNP and yet the BBC wants to give them airtime with the main political parties.”

When Griffin turned up at the studio, there were many protesters trying to prevent him getting in, scenes of disorder and some violence. The programme itself turned into a sort of kangaroo court, with all the other panel members lining up to bash the BNP.

Observers after the event said the programme had taught them nothing about the views of the BNP or indeed of the other parties, being principally a slanging match and UNFAIR to the BNP.

This  is the terrible part; the conduct of the programme actually led to people SYMPATHISING with the BNP. And after the programme, a poll seemed to reveal that support for the BNP had in fact INCREASED, despite the fact that – by all accounts – Nick Griffin himself came across as exactly what he was, odious, inarticulate and incoherent to boot.

I am currently in Germany and watched all this from afar, though I didn’t see the programme itself.

Nevertheless, the whole episode left me absolutely horrified, not by the fact that Nick Griffin appeared on the BBC, but by the total and utter misunderstanding of democracy shown by many of my fellow-countrymen.

Democracy1Democracy is a bit like marriage; you can’t just pick and choose the bits you like. If it is going to work, you have to accept the lot. You will never agree with everyone, but those you disagree with – even strongly – cannot simply be shut out. They too have RIGHTS.

In a democracy, everyone has the right to say what they think and to be heard. If the BNP has a certain following and deserves air time in proportion it is, in my view, actually FASCIST to deny them this time. The denial of free speech to those you disagree with is NOT DEMOCRATIC; it is the way that FASCISTS and DICTATORS proceed.

Quite apart from these moral considerations, the denial of free speech to Nick Griffin serves – and patently served on the programme – only to increase many people’s anger of an establishment ganging-up on a non-PC figure. The average Brit is – as I claimed earlier – pretty bloody-minded. Salt of the earth, he does not take kindly to being told what to think by pretentious politicians, but prefers to make up his own mind.

And many have decided that A) immigration has been excessive, that B) the Labour government has consistently lied about it and that C) too much fawning and caving-in has taken place to certain groups, especially – and there is no point in denying this – many radical Muslims, who for many years (until this was mercifully stopped) were allowed to broadcast xenophobic messages of hate against “infidels” on the very streets of Britain. All this has led to a backlash ….

Well, democracy was not well-served by this episode. Yes, Nick Griffin is basically odious, but trying to suppress minority views is undemocratic. And who is to decide in fact which minority views are to be suppressed? The establishment? Once you go down that route then you no longer have democracy. You might as well nominate a select group of so-called “wise” elders to whom you pass control.

I believe they have this system in Iran for a start. Many would argue that in Britain democracy is already tarnished, with a ludicrous voting system that results in a government unrepresentative of the people as a whole and is further distorted by the bizarre fact that Scottish MPs (without whom Labour would have no majority) can vote on English issues whereas English MPs cannot vote on many Scottish issues, they having their own parliament.

In short, Labour has engineered and benefited from an undemocratic system and some of its senior officers have given themselves the right to try to censor a minority group they do not like. In this situation, many Brits are simply going to say “Stuff you.” and be even more inclined to vote for the BNP, which they would never do if there were a more honest, open and ethical government with greater respect for democracy, which means – of course – having to put up with obnoxious views from time to time. We have had regimes that didn’t put up with views that were to them obnoxious; the last big one was in Nazi Germany.

And who said that democracy was always cosy and consensual? It isn’t. But do you want to try any other way? I certainly don’t.

Meanwhile, the allegation that – despite claims to the contrary – the Labour government deliberately set about to enable secret massive immigration (which for years it denied was happening) is still running …… if this allegation is confirmed it could have devastating consequences for an already reeling, moribund Labour Party and could even lead to a radical and permanent realignment of British politics.

So much for the legacy of Tony Blair, the possible new President of Europe.

By Chris Snuggs

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