Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Politics No Show

Bloodhounds get ready to pick up the scent of the BNP leader - last seen in Barking... some time ago..

So there we were sitting down in front of the telly of a Sunday lunchtime to watch a live debate confrontation between Margaret Hodge and her BNP challenger Nick Griffin - only to discover that Mr Griffin - having previously said he would take part had decided at the eleventh hour not to appear.

For a man with a love of publicity and a politician who wants his candidature for the Barking election to be high profile - he has a funny way of showing it.

Begs the following questions:

Is Nick Griffin running scared?

Was he reluctant to face media scrutiny of his and his party's plans that could jeopardise their chances in Barking and Dagenham?

Was he worried about the commute from his home in Welshpool in the Welsh border country to the BBC studio in London?

Did he have something better to do?

Was he worried after his carcrash performance on Question Time that he would only let himself and his party down?

Does the Politics Show not have the kind of viewing figures that Mr Griffin wants?

Who knows what the answers are - suffice to say, it speaks volumes about the BNP that they aren't prepared to face a TV audience to defend their policies for the coming elections in May on what would have been the perfect television platform for the BNP.

Tells you lot about how the BNP intend fighting these elections - below the radar - offering little public or media opportunity to scrutinise them about their real agenda for Barking and Dagenham. Relying instead on distorted and inaccurate leaflets and door to door contact in a bid to avoid real scrutiny of their plans...

Hedy it might just work - but it sure as hell isn't open and transparent - which begs one final question - what does Mr Griffin and his mates have to hide.

I think we know the answer to that.

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