So what did you think about the BBC being accused of threatening public safety by its decision to invite the British National Party leader Nick Griffin on to its Question Time programme.

In a letter to Mark Thompson, the BBC Director-General, Hammersmith and Fulham Council called on the corporation to move the programme from Television Centre, in White City, West London, over fears that thousands of protesters will picket the building. In a letter, the council demanded that the BBC foot the bill for extra security if it refuses to relocate. Baroness Warsi, the Tory spokeswoman for community cohesion and social action, is to join the panel on October 22,The Times understands. She is set to appear alongside Bonnie Greer, the black writer and broadcaster, Jack Straw, the Justice Secretary, and Chris Huhne, the Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman.

Either way, we will have the liveblog here Thursday week. You are all cordially invited!
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  1. Anonymous says:

    Terrorist arrest is gone already…


    Wonder why?


  2. dave s says:

    Plenty of time to cancel the invitation to the BNP leader. Which would probably suit him very well. I can just imagine how the BNP would play it. A guaranteed vote winner for them. The libleft hysteria over the BNP and refusal to engage with their arguments is pointless. it will achieve nothing. And the other panellists will be entirely predictable in their arguments anyway preferring moralising to engagement.

    I really wish everyone would stop calling the BNP “right wing”.
    It is a left wing party with nationalist overtones.


  3. David Preiser (USA) says:

    I understand how this public safety thing works.  Geert Wilders and Nick Griffin’s presence will cause protests and mass gatherings of people who might engage in vandalism and violence.  Never mind against whom or by whom those acts of vandalism or violence might be perpetrated.

    Whereas, people angry about the IMF, Boooosh, AGW, or a third runway at Heathrow will not cause vandalism or violence.  Did the BBC mention any of that?


  4. rontheeditor says:

    BBC rule number one do not upset the Muslims they are obviously more sensative than the rest of us.


  5. Heads on poles says:

    What price freedom of speech?
    It’s OK for Joe Bland….


  6. mark.eng says:

    iam a white man and ive been racially abused , spat at, threatened, beaten up, racist slogans painted next to my home etc,etc. obviously jo brand dont live amongst these people..this ive suffered all my life.  i went to view a flat 10 years ago and was told in no uncertain terms..DONT WANT WHITE PEOPLE LIVIN NEXT TO US!! …TWICE!!!    IAM NOT THE ONLY ONE ROUND ERE NIETHER!!