After BNP leader Nick Griffin appeared on Question Time
three years ago, he was quoted by The Telegraph
as having said “That was not a genuine Question Time, that was a lynch mob,"
He criticised the unprecedented change in the format of the programme saying, "The British public are aghast at the display of bias from the BBC, the venom from the political class, and the sheer unfairness.
"People wanted to see me and hear me talking about things such as the postal strike. One or two question about what a wicked man I am, fair enough, but the whole programme - it was absurd. Let's do it again but do it properly this time."
Question Time for patriots
Simon Darby, a high profile member of the BNP, replaced David Dimbleby as presenter of the show, which took place in Liverpool.
The panelists were North West MEP and Chairman of the British National Party, Nick Griffin; Broadcaster of the ‘World at 8’, Lynne Mozar; the Reverend Robert West of the Christian Council of Britain
; Armed Forces Veteran’s Group Leader and former soldier, Peter Molloy; long standing Councillor for Charnwood in Leicestershire
, Cathy Duffy and former soldier, teacher and linguist, Adam Walker.
The questions that the candidates were asked covered issues including feminism, immigration, education, the banking system and capital punishment.
Original BBC Question Time
The BBC’s topical debate programme, Question Time
was broadcast on 22 October 2009
and featured panelists Justice Secretary Jack Straw; the Conservative spokeswoman for community cohesion, Baroness Warsi; Chris Huhne, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesman; the leader of the British National Party, Nick Griffin; and playwright and author, Bonnie Greer.
The Daily Mail
reported that the show attracted a record 7.8 million viewers (three times the usual number).