When the indignant protests came regarding the BNP being allowed to speak to the Oxford Student Union, my first thoughts were big deal, let them speak. Challenge them. Let them reveal their true agenda. Trap them with their own lies and bigotry. In other words, let them dig their own grave.
But it’s a sad fact that every time these right-wing extremists are given a platform, racial hatred increases as do attacks on minority groups. And it hurts me to admit that the BNP do manage to incite the hatred and the anger among the disillusioned . . . that somehow, some people buy into the BNP myths. And so, I think it was a bad decision to provide them with such an established and approved platform that is Oxford.
I can’t put it any better than this comment made by Dr. Lewis MP, who resigned his life membership in direct response to the decision:
“Nothing which happens in tonight’s debate can possibly offset the boost you are giving to a couple of scoundrels who can put up with anything except being ignored.”