BNP leader Nick Griffin has defended his controversial appearance last night on the BBC’s Question Time show by declaring: “I’m just a big loveable bear! Come here and give old Uncle Nick a hug, you little rascals.”
Although many felt that the BBC’s decision to give the BNP a public platform for their views may have resulted in the party gaining millions of votes, others feel that Griffin’s appearance on the Question Time panel left many uncertain as to his credentials after he appeared to undermine his own arguments with an appearance that was both nervous and overly jocular.
Audience member Stacey Feltham, 36, from Staines, said: “At one point in the broadcast, edited out for the final transmission, David Dimbleby showed Griffin pictures of himself variously pointing at a signpost to Auschwitz and laughing mockingly, ‘blacked up’ as a minstrel, and wearing a white sheet over himself in a manner similar to the Klu Klux Klan – only for Griffin to deny all three instances ever took place.
“The Aushwitz picture was really unfortunate,” said Griffin, by way of his own defence. “We just went there to pay our respects, and my mate Steve just told this really funny joke. What’s that? No, I don’t remember what it was.
“Anyway, the so-called ‘minstrel’ picture was the same thing – it was my birthday a few years ago, and we had all had a few, then one of the lads pushed my face into my chocolate birthday cake. I absolutely p****d myself, it was hilarious. Oh, and that other picture was just me dressed up as a ghost at Halloween. See, I’m no racist.”
Although the majority of the audience gave Griffin a rough ride throughout the broadcast, many of those present came out with a mixed view after the recording had taken place. “Nick Griffin certainly wasn’t as evil as I thought he would be,” said Amy Richards from Basingstoke. “I was expecting him to have two heads at least, or maybe some kind of lizard tongue. Perhaps he assumed human form for the show, though.”
Neil Shaw from Chelmsford, Essex said: “I was disappointed that he didn’t wear a Nazi uniform. How can we be expected to take him seriously as a fascist, when he won’t even make the effort to dress like one?”
The BBC have refused to comment on speculation that Nick Griffin will be asked back on Question Time in the future to join a panel consisting of George Bush, Osama Bin Laden, Darth Vader and Ming the Merciless, in order to give him a fairer crack of the whip.