Thursday, 15 October 2009

The "legitimacy" of the BNP

Watching BBC Question Time, yet again people opposed to giving the BNP a platform throw up the "legitimacy" argument. This is something I struggle to understand. Saying that giving them coverage grants the BNP legitimacy fails to realise that nearly one million people already DO think they're legitimate, as shown by the number of votes for the party in the European election.

By saying they're illegitimate you may as well say the voters' views themselves are illegitimate. We should be speaking to these voters, engaging with them and trying to understand their concerns, not fobbing them off. It's just another way of ignoring this part of the electorate and it must stop.

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