I've just read another excellent blogpost from Dan Hannan or Dan the Hannan as Andrew Neil would probably call him. It concerns the treatment of UKIP byt the beeb in the Norwich North by-election. All the coverage from them concentrated on four parties, Tories, Labour, Libdems and the Greens. Now at the most recent electoral test, the euro and locals UKIP finished ahead of the greens in the norwich north wards. And yesterday they finished ahead of them again and only 800 votes shy of the libdems. What would the UKIP result had been had they been afforded the coverage of the greens. They compounded this by showing a bar graph of the result which showed the 3 main parties and the greens vote percentages but ignored UKIP completely.I'm not a UKIP supporter but feel they deserve a fair shake of the stick. They are clearly a strong political force now and are definitely the largest party outside the big three and at their current trajectory will inevitably win a seat in parliament in the future. And that's what the BBC hate. People have been quick to accuse them of bias before but they are making it possible for anyone sane to defend their stance. The real balance of politics will end up like this in future. You will have two parties of the left (Libdem and Labour) and two on the right (Conservative and UKIP) dominating the political agenda for the forseeable future. At the moment the state funded media monopoly is tring to live in some socialist utopian fantasy, (well, apart from Jeremy Clarkson.
The beeb needs to get it's act together or it will be signing it's own death warrant.