Adam Bienkov thinks that the policy of “no platform for the BNP” is a mistaken one, because when they’re given a platform and allowed to speak for themselves, they tend to show themselves in a light that isn’t at all appealing:
I have always thought that the ‘no-platform’ approach is wrong. To deny the far-right a voice is to give them a status that they do not deserve.
But as it is, the vast majority of the almost 200,000 people that gave Barnbrook a first or second preference vote, have never seen him speak in public. For these voters, the fact that their man has seemingly been hidden by the media, will only have hardened his appeal.
Now if over the past few months Barnbrook had instead occupied the seat of Lindsey German at the various hustings and TV appearances, then his appeal could have been dramatically reduced. Rather than being seen as the maverick outsider speaking for the ’silent majority,’ Barnbrook would have been exposed as the racist loudmouth that he is.
Unfortunately, the media enabled Barnbrook and the BNP to pose as victims of a vast conspiracy intent on hiding and destroying them.
He posts a YouTube video of Richard Barnbrook, the BNP’s candidate for London Mayor, demonstrating the man’s utter lack of charm or credibility. See it here.