It seems that the Labour Party feel that insufficient scrutiny has been given by the broadcasting organisations on the policies of the three main parties and therefore will not be fulfilling their traditional duty of explaining and probing the plans of all the main parties.
This statement and the letter is, as the heading to this post says, hypocritical. Why should the debate be limited to the three main parties? What God given right do they have to monopolise the airwaves? Likewise what God given right do the MSM have to limit exposure of all political parties to the electorate? How is the electorate supposed to make an informed decision about who to vote for if other parties are not allowed to debate with the three main parties?
This latest statement and letter will just open a 'Pandora's Box' and, it has to be said, only magnifies the complaint that the SNP, UKIP, Greens and BNP - along with others like the English Democrats - have made and who, in my opinion have a justifiable complaint.
This 'practice' by the three main parties, of 'shutting out' others is no more than a form of censorship and makes a mockery of their desire to make politics open and transparent.