Quick post on 2 matters I wish to consider fully tomorrow. There was a radio debate across BBC NW stations tonight (Manchester, Merseyside, Lancashire and Cumbria). All of the major parties were invited plus UKIP, The Greens and the Odious BNP.
Labour invoked its policy of not sharing a platform but was still unwilling to send a rep when a compromise whereby Griffin was to be interviewed in a separate studio (and city!). I think Labour may have scored an own goal here. The other main parties made it clear they would not sit in the same studio but acceded to the compromise.
It is a tricky area but I've always been unhappy with the No Platform policy as there are legal constraints and issues here. It can be a double-edged sword (as indeed arguing with them). I tend to favour tackling them head on. It is not debating as it is not possible to do so, but it is important that martyrdom is not achieved from denying them Thatcher's oxygen of publicity.
In brief, the Liberal Democrat rep came across well. In fairness, the Tory also played a straight bat (her 'I love Margaret Thatcher' comment notwithstanding - word to the wise, not too popular here.) Green candidate was given a short time via the phone to engage. Was not as effective as he had been a couple of weeks ago on local radio. Just an initial feeling.
The UKIP guy appeared shallow and shouty (and quite honestly wading in too deep). At one time he sailed close to BNP waters (great nautical cliches tonight).
Griffin was grilled by interviewer Roger Phillips and a certain drunken nark from Wirral. He squirmed on the ropes as usual, trotting out his glib 'we've changed' mantra though he did let slip a couple of naughties. More later - as the title may hint.
I'll have a listen again tomorrow or at the weekend if it's available on Listen Again (Late Night Live - Friday 10pm-12). Maybe we could do an animated version as with yesterday's silly Buck House escapade. It'll be the must have DVD this Xmas I promise.
Secondly, Nasty Nick is asking for more money. I don't know why he keeps asking me! Anyway, apparently he's brought in - wait for it -
Professional Legal Team brought in to defend YOUR rightsThat's why I, at a huge expense, have retained the best professional legal services available, but I need to raise the cash to keep them working for us, especially in the final run up to polling day.
Yet, as Billy Brit's father says,
As I write to you our Customer Care Centre is being crushed under the storm of thousands upon thousands of incoming calls everyday!
So, they're not ALL pledging money, huh?