BNP is repugnant but it has a right to be heard

Can I express my total support for your decision to run the BNP advert. In my view, there is ample proof that this is a political party. As such, it has the right to advertise itself. The BNP is not an illegal organisation. I find many of its views repugn

Can I express my total support for your decision to run the BNP advert. In my view, there is ample proof that this is a political party. As such, it has the right to advertise itself. The BNP is not an illegal organisation. I find many of its views repugnant but that has nothing whatever to do with its right to be heard.

Those who advocate otherwise are going down a road that leads to dictatorships. It's called censorship - and that is something newspapers in our society should be fighting against, not advocating. We are lucky enough still to have something called the ballot box.

If you don't like the BNP, you don't vote for them. It really is as simple as that. I regard those who want the BNP's views suppressed - like a certain Camden councillor - as very dangerous people. Only by its views being seen and heard can we see them for what they are.

Sinclair N. Robieson


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How impressed I was with your editor's careful and eloquent points made during the item on Friday morning's Today programme on BBC Radio One.

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I found his analysis of the subject to be carefully thought through and absolutely solid.

Of course there will be many groups and organisations not liking the fact that you allowed the BNP space in the Ham&High but we live in a democracy. As much as we might disagree with certain viewpoints, we have to be even handed and give the same opportunity to all to inform the public of who and what they are.

Mary Whitehead

England's Lane, NW3

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