Over on the new Channel 4 news blog Jon Snow asks of the acquittal of Nick Griffin whether:
Such cases are clearly difficult but no-one can deny that the BNP have been handed an unfortunate PR opportunity.
As we’ve written before (here and here), the danger with these groups is their ability to exploit the needs of social groups who many mainstream politicians are deserting in a rush for the so-called ‘middle ground’.
Ultimately the BNP won’t be defeated by trying to censor what they say but by tackling the issue of social cohesion and poverty. We could start by building many more council homes to tackle the dire shortage of affordable housing in too many parts of London and elsewhere.