BNP leader, Nick Griffin, is to be allowed to speak at an Oxford Union debate on free speech. He will be joined by David Irving, a historian who was jailed in Austria for the thought-crime of saying that the Holocaust never happened.
It was looking a bit iffy for Griffin and Irving after protests against them being allowed to speak, some of them co-ordinated by Unite Against Facism, a group of gobshites who think that it’s perfectly acceptable to ban free speech and democracy to defend free speech and democracy.
Dr Julian Lewis, Tory MP for New Forest East and Shadow Defence Minister, has resigned his life membership of the Oxford Union in protest and Trevor Phillips, head of the Commission for Equalities and Human Rights (formerly the CRE), has also publically objected to the invitation.
I don’t like the BNP and I don’t like Griffin but freedom of speech isn’t a privilege, it’s a right. To ban someone from speaking at a debate on free speech because you don’t agree with what they say is wrong. The BNP is a legal political party and, no matter how offensive you find them, they have a right to exist and a right to preach their filth.