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QUESTION TIME, COCO AND THE INVISIBLE BIGOT - OR THE UNCONSCIOUS BIGOTRY

One thousand beers, one hundred Fridays - all leading to the Saturday bedside Radio 4 and Question Time. The oft-interesting public forum show, on after any questions.

Man, my head hurts.

In the category of serious my indifferent hemispheres cannot help but do their duty and process the radio assault into meaningful sounds, discussion and response. The radio … a poor device for drowning out the mid afternoon birdsong. Shall I be ostracised for listening to this station, or more so for LIKING it? Already condemned as too serious - subject to eye- glaze and cast off to the realms of the ignored - of that I am sure.

A spokesman for the British National Party spoke on Saturday. Hassled, cut short and barely - if at all - tolerated, he was soon spurned for the next caller. This gentleman put forth his opinion in a reasonable and tolerant manner and was given rash intolerance, almost abuse in return. His view, albeit a minority one is one to which he has a RIGHT (or so it is said). Why is his opinion so threatening, my aching lobes were want to wonder? Is it that we see this [BNP] viewpoint, this racism in ourselves - and are loathe to admit it?

Nationalism and pride in one’s country are definite banners behind which we can be encouraged to walk, but how can we deny the result of this encouragement - the inevitable extreme, the nationalist as racist. From wanting England to beat France, to wanting everyone of a different creed out of the country. To condemn such nonsense we increase the intolerance in ourselves, ie, are we not as intolerant as they?

Coco the Clown was known less for his crazy opinions than for his nose, pies and pants … but maybe his foolish party and entailing viewpoints would indeed be a greater political threat if his fellow clowns were subjected to ridicule and derision and the blanket ban of all custard.

In a secure individual, unafraid of thought, such opinion (from the BNP or Coco) will be seen for what it is - if Coco lifts his arms his pants fall down - why object? Why feel threatened? Through objection we become the clowns and any foolish party that Coco may head becomes our party.

Tolerate the intolerant and watch them disappear, or load up the pies jump in Coco's car and prepare for government. Increasingly amoral and intolerant.

Man my head hurts.

 


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