Thank you, Auntie, says Nick Griffin

The BBC is indeed helping the BNP

If you haven't already read it, check out Fiona Hamilton and Tom Baldwin's fascinating interview with Nick Griffin in the Times.

He congratulates himself for having backed the BBC -- which, he says, is institutionally biased against the party -- "into a corner" over his right to appearance, before offering sarcastic gratitude to "the political class and their allies for being so stupid" as to allow it.

I hope that any BBC boss who read the piece felt a shiver go down their spine. Do they understand what they have done? I guess we'll find out tonight.

Note: I will be live-blogging Question Time here on the NS Dissident Voice blog from 10.35pm onwards.

Mehdi Hasan is a contributing writer for the New Statesman and the co-author of Ed: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader. He was the New Statesman's senior editor (politics) from 2009-12.