A curious thing is happening in the UK at the moment. There’s just been nation-wide elections for local councils and 2 main results have emerged.
1. Tony Blair, the Prime Minister, is in trouble. His party got soundly beaten and it’s only fueled the speculation as to when he will go.
2. The British National Party (BNP) doubled their number of council seats. The BNP are a nasty lot. Thinly disguised racism at best, they advocate some pretty unsavoury policies such as repatriation of all non-British ethnicities (and where do they think the Anglo-Saxons came from, anyway?).
Now, I’m not fan at all of the BNP, mainly for this reason…
…but their success has brought up an interesting little oddity. The BBC News website refuse to link to them. Not small deal you may think, but consider it a bit deeper; what right do the BBC (or any other news organisation) have to decide that a growing political party cannot be treated like any other party? Normally each BBC webpage has a links section linking off to relevant pages but in every BNP-related page I looked at I couldn’t find a link.
Consider this; even on the BNP profile page there is no link. It’s bizarre.
The BNP themselves (the BBC couldn’t prevent me finding their site) have also got a bit of a grumble with the BBC. Check this out. Apparently the BBC, despite having a flash Flash page dedicated to the results, weren’t updating the BNP results.
It’s interesting, isn’t it? Liberal democracy, particularly of the more left-wing persuasion, just doesn’t know how to cope when those it doesn’t favour become even moderately popular. So much for objectivity. BBC, shame on you.