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Labour Capitulates on BNP.

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I can’t quite work out what will do new Labour more damage, the story that they’ve capitulated on their previous policy of not sharing platforms with the BNP, or news that the doctors advising the Scottish government may have adjusted their prognosis to suit the outcome of political deliberations.

It seems that New Labour can’t do anything right, The Times has more:

Labour has been forced to drop its policy of not sharing a platform with the BNP after the BBC confirmed that it is to invite Nick Griffin to appear on Question Time.

The party’s leader together with another BNP candidate were elected as MEPs at the European elections in June, leading to a rethink at the corporation about how much coverage to give the far-right party.

Until now Labour has had a policy of refusing to share media platforms with the BNP. The Conservatives have made clear that they will field a senior representative for the edition of Question Time, which is expected to to be filmed this autumn in London.

John Whittingdale, the Conservative chairman of the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, said that the BBC had taken the correct decision. “It is the right thing to do to use this opportunity to expose the BNP for what it is,” he said.

Martin Salter, a senior Labour MP and leading campaigner against the BNP, described the BBC’s decision as lamentable. But he said that it made little sense for Labour to boycott the programme. “We have to deal with the world as it is,” Mr Salter said.

Labour is formally committed only to holding a review of its position, but a source made clear that it would field a representative. He said: “We are not going to have an empty chair.”

Useless New Labour tail ending the stupid Tories, how pathetic.

Written by modernityblog

07/09/2009 at 00:03

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