They are angry because the leader of the far right British National Party, Nick Griffin, will be appearing on BBC TV’s top political programme Question Time tonight. He was invited on after getting 6% of the vote in recent European elections, as the BBC’s chief political adviser Ric Bailey explained a few weeks ago.
Many people – including a cabinet minister – say Mr Griffin shouldn’t be allowed on. But the BBC says it is the government’s responsibility to ban the BNP from the airwaves if it doesn’t want Mr Griffin to take part. Who is right?
Critics of the BBC’s decision say the programme will give the BNP legitimacy. Some have pointed to the boost given to Jean-Marie Le Pen, leader of France’s far-right National Front, from a similar TV show in 1984. The row has already generated lots of extra publicity for the BNP.
However, others say Mr Griffin should be allowed on so that his views can be challenged. The British Prime Minister says it is important to expose what a party stands for.
What do you think – challenge them on prime time TV, or ignore?