Intolerant. Aggressive. Wilful. A bully. It’s true that Rupert Murdoch is all of these, but was it really necessary for those chaps from the BNP to sling one of his minions out of the hall?*
Clearly taking a leaf from the “no publicity is bad publicity” playbook, it looks to this unrepentant cynic that the BNP carefully stage managed a rather remarkable double-whammy by announcing that they were now throwing open their doors to swivel-eyed racist lunatics of any race (and I fear that the “progressive” left is about to be astonished by what will come from this!) but also managed to eject a journo from the Thunderer (the Thunderer by heaven!) from the meeting where this would be agreed.
This ensured them front-page coverage in every newspaper, where, in the interests of fairness and balance, they were also obliged to mention Mr Griffin’s triumphant rebranding of the BNP along with his glorious spin:
“Millions of viewers will have seen the report of us ejecting a lying Times journalist from the press conference. That’s not the actions of a snivelling PC party, but of an organisation that has had enough of being lied about.”
They are getting so deft at turning a gaffe into a potential benefit that it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that either Alastair Campbell or Lord Mandelson (or both!) is advising them on the sly.
*For the sake of any of Mr Murdoch’s lawyers reading this, I’d like to point out that this was, in fact, a joke based on the fact that the reasonable expectation would be that the comment was about Nick Griffin.
But if you come after us, we’ll be forced to conclude that it’s true.