James Forsyth

Why did the BBC let this be Griffin Time not Question Time?

Why did the BBC let this be Griffin Time not Question Time?
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We can debate the rights and wrongs of the BBC’s decision to invite Nick Griffin on Question Time. But having invited him on the BBC shouldn’t have devoted almost entirely the whole programme to the BNP’s agenda.

This must have been the first Question Time ever where there was no discussion of the economy, health or education. Rather than a question on postal strike, we got a navel gazing one on whether Question Time was right to have Griffin on.

The other thing that struck me as bizarre was that at 10.30 at night and on a programme with someone as vile as Nick Griffin on, the BBC felt obliged to beep some swear worlds. If the audience is grown up enough and mature enough to deal with Griffin, then it is able to handle a swear word or two.

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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