BBC Complaints: The link you need!

Tuesday, 27 April 2010


Before I leave for a second longer-than-usual day at work, here's the latest post on the BBC's live election blog:

0621: Three new polls out today show how close the race is now between the three biggest parties - with only 4- 5% between them. A ComRes poll for ITV News puts the Tories on 32%, Lib Dems on 31% and Labour on 28%. An ICM poll for the Guardian puts the Tories on 33%, Lib Dems on 30% and Labour on 28% and a YouGov survey for the Sun puts the Tories on 33%, Lib Dems on 29% and Labour on 28%. A three-horse race it is then - expect the hung parliament chatter to continue.

They mentioned these polls yesterday evening (as did Michael Crick, who was almost salivating over them). Now they mention them again. They haven't done that before. I (rhetorically) wonder why!

That last sentence in the BBC post (and can't you just smell the enthusiasm in it!!) - "A three-horse race it is then - expect the hung parliament chatter to continue" - is a prediction anyone could have made, given the sheer amount of chatter on the subject across the BBC yesterday.


  1. I hope you caught Today this morning which was a classic.

    Alan Johnson was interviewed on an "Is there anything you would like to say minister" basis by a charming Evan Davis who then aggresively interrupted Chris Grayling almost every time he answered a question - probably still smarting about the gay B+B "gaffe" which is such a threat to our civil liberties.

    Immediately afterwards, in an excurciating item, Justin Webb got down with someone from Massive Attack touring Bristol where "diverse" communtities were lauded and evil capitalists (with their Top Hats and Cigars) slagged off for ruining the picturesque squalor of the docklands with high-rise developments.

    Meanwhile Cameron demonstrated why he deserves to loose by parading his "pro-BBC" credentials in response to the hilariously self-important petition by all those mediocrities (and Sir Richard Eyre) who's careers only exist on the BBC - they hate you Dave, and they are actively campaigning aganist you. Only Gove seems to have noticed: do you think the others are just scared that it will get worse if they point out something that is obvious to everyone I know?

  2. Opinion polls are only mentioned by the BBC to further 'the narrative'. When the Conservatives had a large lead then the BBC did not offer a running commentary on opinion polls. When the lead started shrinking this became news and worthy of attention. When the Tory lead started growing again, attention shifted away from the polls. 'The narrative' is all, so now that the aim is a Labour/LibDem coalition, all efforts must be made to make that seem a) desirable and b) likely.


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