And with his far from impregnable 8,009 majority, I suspect Straw will also be delighted to get coverage in what will probably be one of QT's most watched episodes.“
"Wherever we have had BNP problems in my area and when we have fought them hard, we've pulled back and won the seats back. And that's what we have to do. We've got to make the argument for people and I am delighted to do so."
Odds are that Michael Gove will be the Tory choice - the logic being that his formidable debating skills compensate for his abject lack of experience - but he hardly carries war wounds from the ghettoes of Surrey Heath. The Lib Dems will probably put up Sarah Teather. The QT editors do not choose the party people, but will probably select two others. Shami and Sir Andrew Green? We will soon see.
P.S. I understand that Straw was asked to do this the week before last by No.10. I’m not saying he’ll do a bad job – just that I am far from convinced that he knows the BNP as well as Cruddas or even the likes of Siobhan McDonagh (who successfully kept them out of Morden). Geographically, the North-West is better for the BNP as its support correlates with Muslim population. There is no correlation between BNP support and Afro-Caribbean population, say. In other words, the BNP today is more a product of kulturkampf than racist tension.