Tales From the Bitface (Posts about election 2014)https://devilgate.org/enContents © 2020 <a href=”mailto:martin@devilgate.org”>Martin McCallion</a> Thu, 11 Jun 2020 11:57:30 GMTNikola (getnikola.com)http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rssKippers for Teahttps://devilgate.org/blog/2014/05/27/kippers-for-tea/Martin McCallion<div><p>I usually post before elections. This time I didn’t get round to it.</p> <p>The results of the European parliament elections were horrendous, of course. But one slightly good thing may come out of it all.</p> <p>IMHO the single biggest contribution to UKIP’s success is the fact that Nigel Farage was never off the BBC in the last few months. More appearances on <cite>Question Time</cite> than anyone else, for example. Constantly consulted on the radio about anything even vaguely connected to Europe or immigration (or anything else, it seemed).</p> <p>In short, it’s the fact that the BBC treated them like a mainstream party that has caused — or at least helped — them to almost become one.</p> <p>I see a close parallel with the way they give climate-change deniers equal time with climatologists whenever there’s an environment story; the intent being balance, but the effect being to give undue weight to the views of a tiny minority.</p> <p>Here, though, they went far beyond that point, to where I feel they were guilty of violating their mandated requirement to show balance.</p> <p>So the potential good outcome: at least people of the right can no longer say that the BBC has a left-wing, pro-Europe bias.<sup id=”fnref:nick”><a class=”footnote-ref” href=”https://devilgate.org/blog/2014/05/27/kippers-for-tea/#fn:nick”>1</a></sup></p> <div class=”footnote”> <hr> <ol> <li id=”fn:nick”> <p>Not that that was ever a very fair point; you just have to look at the BBC’s <a href=”http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/correspondents/nickrobinson/”>political editor, Nick Robinson</a>, for a counterexample. <a class=”footnote-backref” href=”https://devilgate.org/blog/2014/05/27/kippers-for-tea/#fnref:nick” title=”Jump back to footnote 1 in the text”>↩</a></p> </li> </ol> </div></div>BBCelection 2014politicsUKIPhttps://devilgate.org/blog/2014/05/27/kippers-for-tea/Tue, 27 May 2014 12:28:28 GMT