Parties have to show proportional coverage, and most broadcasters rely on opinion polls which do not routinely single out independent candidates Mrs Benita is also denied an election broadcast because she is not an official political party.
Not relly. The BBC relies almost exclusively on results from the previous election of that type. Thus at the last GE UKIP was treated about as serioiusly as the Monster Raving Loonies (for anything after third means you\’re pretty much ignored) but at the euros we were one of the main three. No spokesman or candidate for Labour or Conservatives was allowed on without UKIP being able to pop up on hte same programme.
And we had to fight hard in the bureaucray for that.
Once the votes were counted they reverted to form of course. Post election on Radio 4 and we\’d just come second. In theory we should have been in with the Tories (first) and Labour (third). But no, I was in with the Greens (fifth? or was it sixth behind the BNP?) while the \”big three\” had a separate programme.
They\’re doing the same in the London elections. The Greens are being taken seriously and given air time. Yet UKIP out polls them regularly and is not given the same airtime.
Yes, yes, sour grapes no doubt. But there really is bias at the BBC and it\’s necessary to fight hard to make them live up to their own written guidelines.
In theory the Lib Dems should get the same amount of airtime as the BNP at the next euro elections. It\’s going to be fun watching the BBC try to squirm away from that.
And with UKIP polling better than the Lib Dems on Westminster GE polls at present it\’s going to be really interesting to see how coverage plays out, isn\’t it? Past results or current polls?