THE music press and the Nu Labour rag, The Mirror, are full of the story that Lily Allen has written a song attacking the BNP.
They seem to acclaim the little ditty as a great blow against our recent progress and are convinced that it will deter hundreds of thousands of voters from putting their cross in our box on the ballot paper.
What delights me is that our opponents really believe that a song that has a chorus full of expletives is going to dent our political progress. It's the Labourshambles syndrome all over again, just like before the May elections when they put their faith in Pete Doherty to derail our London Assembly aspirations.
I've no doubt Lily and Pete have huge followings, but their music isn't mainstream and I would believe quite restricted to an audience of a certain age group. It is highly unlikely that that the music itself will change the mind of someone considering voting BNP, so that leaves it down to the personalities themselves using the huge press coverage they are given to convince voters to reject our policies.
I can honestly say that I wouldn't believe that they are the sort of role models to change anyone's political opinion . . . but I could be wrong.
I see the BBC were at it again. Not content with boosting UKIP in the run-up to the Henley by-election by inviting Nigel Farage, yet again, on to its Question Time programme, they gave the UKIP leader more publicity yesterday and widely aired his comments that UKIP were challenging Labour for third place in Thursday's by-election.
There's no doubt that it will be a close run thing between Labour, the Greens, UKIP and ourselves for that third spot, but on the national level of support based on May's local election, UKIP are definitely bottom of the pile and would be outsiders to topple Labour.
Yet the BBC have ignored the Greens and the BNP and promoted UKIP to the status main challenger. I would like to know on what evidence they have done this. Have they commissioned a special poll that we don't know about? Has Farage bunged them a few quid for the publicity? Or is it the anti-BNP brigade at Broadcasting House doing all they can to promote UKIP while ignoring us?
Answers on a postcard please . . .
Tuesday, 24 June 2008
Posted by Martin Wingfield at 11:19