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Friday 7 May 2010

BBC Polling 'Scandal'

Why does the BBC think that it's such a scandal that hundreds of people in various locations couldn't cast their vote because they turned up to polling stations too late? If these idle slugabeds cannot be arsed to get to the polling station in good time, that's their lookout. Surely the mature voters interviewed by Kirsty Wark in Sheffield had been through enough elections to know what the rules are? Pathetic. Anyone could be mistaken for thinking that they'd turned up late on purpose to cause a fuss and thereby disrupt the course of the election.

The real scandal in this General Election that the BBC have not bothered to get that upset about is that of widespread postal voting fraud which is particularly characteristic of certain so-called 'communities' (i.e. Muslim colonies of Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, etc). Now, why might this be?


  1. Hi,

    Thanks for your comment. Yes, if they turned up at 9.55pm then I agree. However, some were made to wait in queues for hours, and others didn't have ballot papers! We'll have to see what the Electoral Commission make of it all.

  2. Extrapolating from the results reported so far, a Lib-Con coalition government is the likely outcome. If that comes true, we'll see how the Barnes hypothesis does in practice.

    Total votes for the BNP rose by more than 250% (!!!), from 0.7% to 1.9% of the national total, due to their contesting many more seats and voter dissatisfaction with the major parties. The BNP's total would have been higher had they had the financial and organizational muscles to field candidates in all seats.

  3. 'Good' morning Abu. Your comment displays some hope, but to be honest, it's been a disappointing night. Although I've not managed to trawl through all of the stats yet (I needed at least some sleep and it's going to take a few days to collate and analyse this information properly), it's becoming clear that in most constituencies where it stood in 2005 the BNP vote, both in terms of share and absolute terms, has decreased. Overall of course, the national aggregate figure has risen owing to the party standing in so many other seats, but we should have expected more than this.

    Given that we're in the depths of a recession that's only going to get much worse, and immigration is the second most important issue for voters, the time should have been ripe for the BNP to make a proper breakthrough and seize an absolute minimum of 5% of the vote nationally. On current projections, it looks set to take just under 2%.

    Of course, the relentless barrage of negative propaganda about the party from the mass media, political opponents and third-party organisations may not have had an impact upon the allegiances of staunch party members and supporters, but we would be foolish to think that the general public's perception of the BNP has not been very negatively affected by this. How can this situation be changed? The debate about how to neutralise this opposition and alter public perceptions (i.e. alert them to what the BNP actually is, rather than what it is said to be) must begin now, for as we are heading into a period with a hung parliament, and either a coalition or a minority Conservative administration, who knows when the next election will take place. Further massive economic shocks will soon hit us. We must be prepared for next time.

  4. British political instability and economic chaos is not necessarily bad. Something has to give under stress. If the situation in the UK leads to the break-up of the EU, then the pain will be worth it.


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