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Why we should laugh at the BNP

Interviewing Nick Griffin is not easy, as I discovered once in a pub in Dagenham. But Question Time could have done better

By Mary Fitzgerald   November 2009

Despite the hype, we won’t ever know the real impact of Nick Griffin’s appearance on BBC’s Question Time. Like any other small party, the BNP’s vote is contingent on how people feel about the major parties. We know very little more about the British National Party, or its future, than we did before. We may, however, have learned some valuable lessons about how to argue with them—or more precisely, how not to.

Back in 2007, when I was interning on a national broadsheet, I went to the party’s local election press launch at a pub in Dagenham. It turned out…

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