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Saturday, February 11, 2006


Some time ago the Sunday Herald did a poll on nuclear power & Friends of the Earth decided to do their bit to help democracy along by sending out


---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2006 11:12:01 +0000
From: Friends of the Earth Edinburgh
To: list / FoEE Events list TEMP: ;
Subject: Action Alert: Vote in Sunday Herald poll on Nuclear


The Sunday Herald has an online poll on whether Scotland should use Nuclear
power. Please take a moment to vote NO: - see


Having worked once (apart from my vote) a bit later the BBC did an item on nuclear power which also contained a poll & again FoE sent out this email
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2006 11:46:04 +0000
From: Friends of the Earth Edinburgh
To: list / FoEE Events list TEMP: ;
Subject: ACTION ALERT: BBC/nuclear online poll

*ACTION: BBC/nuclear online poll

BBC have an online poll asking if we should expand nuclear energy - so far
nuclear is winning 70/30%. Do your bit and vote no on the link below:

The answer is of course: NO

*please pass this message to all your contacts
Naturally I again voted & passed it on.

The real matter of interest here is that, at the time I voted, the BBC voting was running 70/30 in favour of nuclear. I assume without the benefit of FoE's opinions it would have been even better. The BBC have decided to remove the poll & checking the comments page find it to be overwhelmingly anti-nuclear. While the BBC do give their word that the comments they choose to allow are a balanced selection of those received but I know from experience that somebody holding my views (ok then - me) has a statisticly zero chance of being selected. I would assume that the removed poll results remained at least as overwhelming & the comments could be expected to be similar.

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