Well, the title is self-explanatory. Here is the blurb:
The BNP – How should we deal with them?
A Panel Discussion with:
Fiyaz Mughal, Salma Yaqoob, and Sunny Hundal
on: Friday 26th June 2009, 6.45pm – 8.30pm
at: 45 Crawford Place, London W1H 4LP
The recent election of two BNP members to the European parliament has brought to the fore concerns around the rise of far-right extremism in the UK. How should this challenge be confronted? We will debate the following questions: How significant – in numerical and symbolic terms – was the BNP victory?; Why are people voting for them?; Do they exploit genuine grievances and, if so, what are they?; Why are mainstream parties failing to stem the BNP vote?; How should mainstream civil society deal with extremist politics: do we ignore, ridicule or debate them?; And if we need to challenge them, how do we do so without legitimising or giving their cause greater publicity?
Our panellists are:
Fiyaz Mughal OBE is a Liberal Democrat Councillor in Haringey and was previously a Councillor in Oxford. He has been deputy president of the Liberal Democrats. He is director of Faith Matters, a not for profit organisation working to reduce tensions between Muslim, Sikh and Jewish communities.
Salma Yaqoob is a founder member of Respect and head of Birmingham Stop the War Coalition. She is a Birmingham City Councillor and spokesperson for Birmingham Central Mosque. She is regularly asked to comment on the national debate, such as appearances on BBC Question Time.
Sunny Hundal is editor of Liberal Conspiracy, a group blog involved in online campaigning and discussion. He also blogs at Pickled Politics. A regular commentator in the mainstream press, he founded New Generation Network, which aims to challenge the thinking around race and faith politics.
All Welcome. Free Entrance.
I really like the City Circle lot, so this should be interesting. I’ll be trying my best not to play to the crowd and instead take up things with Salma Yaqoob, the Respect train-crash, and the future of identity politics. Come down!
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