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United Kingdom: Why bigots ought to be heard

Give the British National Party's tenets &ldquo;a good airing and only somebody in severe need of Sudafed will fail to smell the stench,&rdquo; said Matthew Syed in <em>The Times.</em>

Matthew SyedThe Times

Britons are all aflutter over a proposal to invite an extreme-right politician to be a panelist on the nation’s leading TV interview show, said Matthew Syed. Horrified critics charge that giving Nick Griffin, the leader of the British National Party, a platform on prime-time television will ensure the spread of his repugnant, anti-immigrant views.

They should have a little faith in the wisdom of the British public. Once people are given the chance to hear Griffin in action, they will gag on his “ignorant bigotry.” Just look at the BNP’s website. Its rhetoric is “so lacking in intellectual rigor, so riddled with inanity, so comically prejudiced, that it reads like parody, not policy.”

Right now, the BNP enjoys some popularity mostly because it can claim that it is persecuted, censored, and treated unjustly. Give the party’s tenets “a good airing and only somebody in severe need of Sudafed will fail to smell the stench.”

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