The BBC has a duty to treat all political parties equally, so it could be said that they are not at fault here, but Griffin´s appearance would pose problems for the Labour Party: they have a long-standing policy of not sharing platforms with Fascists. Will they do a U-Turn here and lend the BNP more legitimacy?
Well, in some cases, I believe, it might be difficult to disinguish between some labour MP´s and BNP members, so wherein lies the contradiction. Labour has been stepping towards fascism over the last 15 years, one more goose step to share a platform with Griffin is neither here nor there. What´s New?
For more See: BBC forces Labour to rethink BNP ban: Question Time invitation for Nick Griffin leads party to review boycott as Tories agree to appear
Gaby Hinsliff, political editor
The Observer, Sunday 6 September 2009