The next logical step
In some ways it was exactly what I expected. I think it made sense to have Nick Griffin on Question Time last night as it finally exposed his and his party's loony ravings to a wider andience. That said, that he was on effectively overshadowed the rest of the week's news and discussion. And did it help that the other guests and audience (which seemed much less white than previous occasions) were virtually salivating at the prospect of getting stuck into him?
Tellingly, when they did get onto the question of immigration, the political parties' positions became rather weak. The mainstream politicians' should have acknowledged their own increasingly strident language and how it's contributed to the BNP's rise. Instead Jack Straw seemed to hem and haw while Baroness Warsi's words suggested that Griffin and his ilk was just at the more extreme end of such views.
And that's essentially the problem with the BNP that the establishment seem unable - or unwilling? - to address. They insist on seeing it as outside the political system when I'd suggest that they're actually the nex logical step in a politics that has become increasingly negative, fearful and intolerant.