4 comments for “Thought for the day – Tuesday

  1. October 20, 2009 at 22:27

    My thoughts cross commented here:

    The problem with allowing him to speak on question time is that it isn’t really a debate it is stage managed. It will give the parties public line legitimacy.

    The BNP publicity campaign covers the gaps that the main parties are lacking in. These ideas will convince people who are discontented with the main parties. People who don’t really understand the implications.

    The issue isn’t about debating an issue with an idiot, but more educating the general public who are taken in by the marketing.

    The stakes are high and something has to be done!

  2. October 20, 2009 at 23:27

    Surely it is not anyone’s right to “educate” the public, Cherie (that sounds rather sinister in this context) but simply their right to state their case and let the public decide. Much as I dislike the BNP (the subject of the blog source of the quote) they are a legal political party supported by many thousands of people. Those who oppose them need to use persuasion and logic rather than censorship surely? Trying to silence a legal political party or deny them the access to debate afforded to others simply encourages interest in what they have to say.

  3. October 21, 2009 at 00:12

    Oh, Re earlier comment: I’ve just caught up with the news they accept they are actually “not lawfully constituted”, am behind in my news. That changes my “legal party” point, but it seems they will just adjust their rules to sort that. May give the BBC grounds to cancel meantime though.

  4. October 21, 2009 at 18:41

    When I say educate I mean raise awareness of what they stand for. That is everyones right in a democracy, in fact bloggers do that sort of thing all the time. I don’t consider them sinister when they suggest that something isn’t as it seems.

    I haven’t suggested censoring them, I just don’t think question time is the right place for a debate because of how the program is run.

    As to there legality, I think this is the issue you refer to. I am not sure whether or not it has been resolved yet.

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