BNP’S INVITATION IS IN KEEPING WITH BBC WAYS
Question Time’s invitation to BNP leader Nick Griffin ( JC, October 16) came as no surprise whatever. The BBC is simply carrying on an ignoble tradition, at the heart of which is a festering antisemitism.
We forget at our peril that the cornerstone of both the BNP and their supposed sworn enemies — the Islamo-fascists — is Jew-hatred. They are two sides of the same coin. You can be sure that extreme Islamists will be invited on some future Question Time.
In the 1930s, the BBC’s first directorgeneral, Lord Reith, strove mightily to keep the airwaves Churchill-free as the great man tried to warn of the growing Nazi menace. Reith’s daughter Marista Leishman reveals in her book, My Father: Reith of the BBC, that as late as March 1939, her deeply antisemitic papa was applauding Hitler’s march into Prague.
This century gave us the BBC broadcasting a “news” report on Christmas Day, 2003, that a Palestinian baby who had lost a sibling to the IDF had been named “Jesus”. The non-story, recorded weeks before by Orla Guerin, had just one aim in mind.
Two final pointers to the BBC’s attitude. The Balen report into BBC antiIsrael bias is still being suppressed years after being commissioned. And, two days after 9/11, the US Ambassador on the Question Time panel was reduced to tears by an audience knowingly packed with Islamists. Maurice Jones Burnley Road East, Waterfoot, Lancashire Please note that individual letters cannot be acknowledged. Letters may be edited. The email address for correspondence is: firstname.lastname@example.org. All correspondents are requested to supply their postal address, even when writing by email.