I believe passionately in free speech but as @ScotGovFM I have to make balanced judgments – and I will not be part of any process that risks legitimising or normalising far right, racist views. I regret that the BBC has put me and others in this position. https://t.co/5x1rHZkaR9
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) October 20, 2018
Courtesy of The Guardian:
Nicola Sturgeon has pulled out of a conference being jointly hosted by the BBC next month after learning that Donald Trump’s former strategist Steve Bannon had been invited to take part.
Scotland’s first minister said that allowing Bannon to freely express his opinions risked “legitimizing or normalizing far-right, racist views”.
She was also critical of the BBC for an attempt to justify Bannon’s inclusion at the three-day News Xchange event in Edinburgh on 13 November in an email sent to her office.
She tweeted on Saturday: “I believe passionately in free speech but as @ScotGovFM I have to make balanced judgments – and I will not be part of any process that risks legitimizing or normalizing far-right, racist views. I regret that the BBC has put me and others in this position.”
She later added: “The email the BBC sent to my office justifying Bannon’s inclusion described him as a ‘powerful and influential figure … promoting an anti-elite movement’. This kind of language to describe views that many would describe as fascist does seem to me to run the risk of normalization.”
The two had been scheduled to appear at the conference on different days.
Just another reminder that fascism is not only taking hold in America right now, it is also taking root in many places overseas, and Trump supporters are working to help that along.
The same forces that helped Trump get elected also helped with the passage of Brexit in England, and will be working hard to promote anti-immigration policies and racist agendas in countries all over the world.
The goal is to undermine democracy, turn people against one another, and promote the kind of authoritarianism that allows the rise of dictators.
Good for First Minister Sturgeon in recognizing that reality.