Monday, April 16, 2012
I note with considerable interest that UKIP has now matched the LibDem's 11% poll rating. Since, at the last European election UKIP, at 16% were the 2nd largest party and the LibDems were significantly less popular, arithmetically, UKIP is now the 3rd largest party across Britain.Polling http://survation.com/2012/04/survation-mail-on-sunday-attitudes-survey/
It must be admitted that other polls have shown us lower. However they suggest their answers by asking if you would vote "Labour, Conservative, LibDem or other" and I don't think even the most unsophisticated in the polling industry would suggest that results achieved that way are valid.
It will be interesting to see if coverage now starts to show some relation to the people's interest. It is notorious that UKIP receive only 1/40 th as much coverage on the BBC, per vote received, as the Greens do. Anybody who has watched any such coverage will know that treatment of Green claims is, to put it politely, obsequious, while that of UKIP is normally hostile. Since the mainstream media normally follow the BBC lead because that organisation is legally required to be "balanced", there is clearly room for improvement.
As a candidate in the forthcoming local elections you may imagine how much I am looking forward to more balanced coverage.
40 times more coverage for Greens http://a-place-to-stand.blogspot.co.uk/2011/05/how-you-can-easily-check-how-corrupt-in.html
I intend to write shortly comparing the Russian elections, of which the BBC repeatedly point to the OECD finding that they are biased and not fully democratic with our own to see how they compare.
The day after I wrote this the Sun published a poll which puts us 1 point ahead of the illiberal LudDims. I guess that removes all question.