UKIP is in the process of making a formal complaint against BBC Scotland for excluding it from participation in two hustings last week in connection with the Aberdeen Donside Holyrood by-election.
The party was not invited to a session wit the Aberdeen Youth Council, not was it asked to have representation on the BBC Radio Scotland hustings, Big Debate with Brian Taylor last week.
A party spokesman has noted that its candidate, Otto Inglis, is polling ahead of the Liberal Democrats who were included – at 9% to the LibDems 4%.
The discrimination is actually worse than UKIP are complaining about. Listening to Brian Taylor reporting on the Donside campaign a couple of says ago, he failed even to mention that UKIP is contesting the seat – a matter noticeable for its eccentricity.
Yes, they might argue that the party is electorally unknown in Scotland and that they do not, as a matter of course, mention every candidate in every contest.
But, in editorial judgment, that does not stand up against the electoral and public impact UKIP has enjoyed south of the border. It is inconceivable that an objective editor would not ensure that at least mention was made of the appearance of this party in a Scottish election.
The most interesting thing about the Donside contest, in fact, is how UKIP poll.