Nick Griffin cuts a stumbling, unprepossessing figure on television; it is hard to believe that he thinks the British people would, if left to their own devices, ever consider having a corpulent, inarticulate, middle-aged one-eyed man as their Prime Minister.
The BBC's pre-broadcast report on the broadcast on the '10 O'Clock News' was scandalous. It showed a clip of Griffin saying 'I cannot explain' why he had changed his views on the Holocaust without, if memory serves, also including his explanation that this was on account of his fear of the European Arrest Warrant. Although his mention of the possible role of the EAW in British public life might have been as inaccurate and misleading as his fellow panellists claimed, his citation of it should have been included; it indicated a rationale for his actions which the '10 O' Clock News' did not seem to consider worth reporting.
The only person to use foul language was a Conservative peerette, the only people using political violence were the antifa rioters who attempted to storm the studios, and the only person subjected to racial abuse was Griffin himself, when it was suggested that he remove himself to the all-white environment of Antarctica. Quite what Antarctica has done to deserve Griffin is anyone's guess.
Jack Straw's mention of the Indian soldiers buried beside members of the East Lancs. in France was touching, but would have been more meaningful had it been uttered by a member of a government which has not done everything in its power to prevent the Gurkhas from settling in the UK. If having Nepalese soldiers in your war graves is considered to be a good thing, one fails to see how having them as your next-door neighbours could in any way considered to be bad.
Similarly, Straw's outright refusal to answer the very straightforward question put to him about immigration was arrogant and offputting; not the actions of a man who could be considered to be speaking in good faith.
Chris Huhne was both as bland and as opportunistic as one would expect a Liberal Democrat to be, while Baroness Warsi was almost as far out of her depth as Griffin was himself; a state of affairs which, given the appalling mediocrity of all her 'Question Time' appearances, can now perhaps be considered to be a constant. As for the playwright Bonnie Greer, can anyone recall the titles of any of her plays?
This was not political theatre, but a macabre exercise in demonstrating not only how incredibly mediocre the BNP's leader seems to be, but also in throwing light on the evils of the entire British political system. 'Deep Space Nine' would have been infinitely preferable viewing; it might be fantasy, but at least the good guys win. Do we have any good guys left?