Tuesday, 29 September 2009

How should we respond to the BNP?

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As the debate continues over the BBC's decision to invite British National Party leader Nick Griffin on to Question Time in October, and cabinet minister and Blackburn MP Jack Straw's subsequent decision to appear in order to debate him, Radio Four last night broadcast regular New Humanist contributor Kenan Malik's new documentary Who's Afraid of the BNP?, in which he explores how Britain should respond to the electoral rise of the far right.

Speaking to campaigners, academics and politicians (from Griffin himself to opponents like Barking and Daghenham MP Margaret Hodge), Malik asks if the BNP should be banned, shunned, or whether it's time to engage with it in proportion to its recent electoral gains.

You can listen to Kenan's documentary now via BBC iPlayer.