In the wake of the expenses scandal, Esther Rantzen, a long time employee of the BBC, in fact one could almost say a lifetime employee of the BBC, announced that she "might" stand as an independent parliamentary candidate for Luton South, currently the constituency of the disgraced MP Margaret Moran (Lab) who has claimed expenses on a house she doesn't live in, which is neither in her constituency nor London.
When Esther Rantzen made the jump from journalist to politician the BBC should have dropped her like a hot potato. Instead she has been given prime time exposure the like of which any other "wanna-be" politician could only dream of. She was on Newsnight the day she announced her tentative foray into politics and news programmes have been following her excursions into Luton, giving her unwarranted exposure and a decided advantage over other candidates. The BBC's political neutrality is severely compromised.
At the same time the BBC has been raising the profile of the English Democrat Party. This well-meaning, but very small, party promotes a degree of English devolution from the United Kingdom. In recent days the BBC has covered their activities to a far greater extent than it is covering larger minor parties such as the Greens, the BPP and the BNP.
The motivation for this sudden interest in minority politicians seems to be as follows. The public is disgusted with all the major parties for their porcine attitude to public funds and looking for someone else to vote for who will come in and clean up the mess. The usual suspect for this role is UKIP. However, the UKIP leader, Nigal Farage has recently let slip that he has claimed £2 million in expenses as an MEP. Although the BBC has carefully refrained from reporting this nugget of information it seems likely that UKIP will implode when it becomes widely known.
That just leaves the BNP as party of choice for protest voters. The BBC hates the BNP and is desperate to promote an alternative, hence their flailing around looking for someone else, anyone else, for the public to use as a vent for their fury. The BBC does not report the BNP if it can at all help it. It doesn't want the public to know what the BNP stands for. As an illustration, BNP politicians are never invited onto programmes such as Question Time although other small parties, eg the Greens and even the Monster Raving Loony Party, are.
Ironically, the BNP is very much in favour of public service broadcasting. They don't think getting all your news from the likes of a Rupert Murdoch or a Conrad Black or even the Barclay Brothers (not suggesting that Rupert or the twins have ever done anything criminal here!) is a good idea. In a democracy, free citizens need an unbiased source of news. That should be the BBC. Sadly, at the moment, it is not.
Nigel Farage's expenses