how the far right distorts the moral compass

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how the far right distorts the moral compass bergens tidende , 29 october 2009 How do you undermine the influence of a far-right politician? Here’s how. First, you turn a minor politician into a major figure by transforming his forthcoming appearance on a TV show into a national debate. Next, you make him appear as a victim by blockading the TV studios on the day of the debate and attempting to prevent him from speaking. Then the broadcaster makes his TV appearance the lead news item throughout the day, ensuring that he receives unprecedented publicity. It also changes the format of the programme, giving over the whole show to an examination of far-right policies. And finally, after spending the whole programme denouncing far-right politicians as racist and immoral, the other panellists hold an auction to see who can appear toughest on immigration. That, at least, is how it is done in Britain. Last Thursday, Nick Griffin, leader of the far- right British National Party, appeared on Question Time , the BBC’s flagship political debate programme. In a week in which Britain slipped into its longest recession since records began, there was a national postal strike, and more British soldiers were killed in Afghanistan, Griffin’s Question Time appearance, almost surreally, dominated political debate in the country. It also provided a textbook account of how not to deal with the far- right. Griffin’s performance on the programme was a shambles. He was unprepared, incoherent and rambling. Yet, thanks to the hamfisted activities of anti-fascists he was able to portray
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This note was uploaded on 10/16/2011 for the course ENGLISH 101 taught by Professor Parkin during the Summer '11 term at Wilfred Laurier University .

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