Its so irritating when blatant political stunts succeed. Today we had some really idiotic demonstrators throwing eggs at Nick Griffin, providing the BNP leader with the publicity he was seeking. Watching Newsnight tonight was enough to induce despair in the calmest soul. There was newly elected Nick Griffin given a wonderful platform to appear statesmanlike, (honestly that's how he came across) while the case against fascism was handed to a man who publicly disavowed democracy and free speech, and piled up even more votes for the BNP at the same time. Poor old Simon Hughes, the Lib Dem MP was manfully trying to introduce some truth and common sense into the debate, but it was no good. Our media ensured that the stunt had worked like a dream.
But it didn't work as well as the other stunt featured on Newsnight tonight. How can any serious political commentator give any credibility whatsoever to the leak of Gordon Brown's proposals for electoral reform. How can anyone not see that this is an outrageous diversionary stunt. The current problem with our constitution is that some MPs have been abusing the expenses system, and ripping off the taxpayer. The only reason our Prime Minister is talking about electoral reform and democratising the House of Lords is to try to persuade us to think about something else. Its really depressing that those who decide what is news, have taken a decision that such an obvious diversionary stunt should be presented as news. Thank goodness for Derek Simpson of the Unite trade union (never expected to say that) who was on the panel, saying what almost everyone who was watching such trumped up garbage was thinking. Its enough to make me join the calls to question the continuation of the licence fee. Consolation is that the public will not believe a word of it. And someone else on the programme said that he thought Alistair Darling's forecasts for economic growth were likely to be correct. Just pass me the revolver. Perhaps tonight's edition was meant to double as a comedy programme.