May 23rd, 2014

BBC News Warn All News Staff Over Anti-UKIP Tweets

After Guido revealed anti-UKIP outbursts from senior BBC staff, the head of the BBC newsroom, Mary Hockaday, has emailed all Beeboids telling them to keep schtum online:

From: Mary Hockaday
Sent: 22 May 2014 15:59
To: Newsroom-Wider Management
Subject: Social media

A reminder that we have well established and very clear social media guidance that applies to all staff in news. It’s in the attached PDF and also here: http://bbc.in/1kZVjPk

Social media is now a vital part of our work, allowing us to get our journalism to new audiences, connect with people, and gather news as it happens.

But the guidance is clear when it comes to personal activity: “As a BBC member of staff – and especially as someone who works in News – there are particular considerations to bear in mind. They can all be summarised as: ‘Don’t do anything stupid’.”

I’d also specifically draw your attention to the following section: “You shouldn’t state your political preferences or say anything that compromises your impartiality. Don’t sound off about things in an openly partisan way. Don’t be seduced by the informality of social media into bringing the BBC into disrepute.”

Thank you, Mary

A bit late now the votes have actually been cast and the tweets already sent.


249 Comments

  1. 1
    Quite says:

    Liked by 1 person

    • 8
      Anonymong says:

      The fingers are in the ears, the tactics haven’t changed.

      The results will therefore keep going UKIP’s way. The supposedly ‘elite’ aren’t particularly elite at all, are they?

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      • 39
        UKIP massacred our fluffy Bunnies Labour family says:

        The elite have had a kicking, now they will strike back.

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        • 51
          Anonymong says:

          How? Another 12 months of ‘UKIP eat kittens and are planning to gas the darkies’ stories? Sure why not, it worked so well before….

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          • Joe Public. says:

            The BBC reveal their left wing political thinking on radio 4 every day, so this email is a sop to the growing accusations of BBC bias.
            Last night someone asked Justin King why he did not throw his hat in the ring to take over as BBC Trust Chairman.
            The silence was as at Theresa May’s police reception.
            BBC needs reform, culture change, restructure, and professional management.

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          • We know the BBC is completely bent says:

            This says it all but I’ll say it again – the BBC is bent, oh yes, corrupt also.

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          • rimboooo says:

            They will do it by continuing to have mass immigration of new voters and using the education system to brainwash another year of children into believing Britain was always a diverse multicultural nation where everyone was always an immigrant

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          • broderick crawford says:

            “and especially as someone who works in News – ”

            To whom on earth could Ms Hockaday possibly have
            been referring ??

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          • michael. says:

            please , someone that can do it ,run the bbc coverage of the election alongside sky news coverage and see the bias , if it exists ,Michael.

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          • Anonymous says:

            Well me an Noel Edmonds agree entirely on that matter.

            Blobby Blobby Blobby.

            Quality times ahed.

            What say you?

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    • 10
      Labour is the enemy of the working classes says:

      If the overall result is a resounding 25% or even 30% in both the locals and euros, then it will change public impression of UKIP, and they then have to organise and professionalise and capitalise rapidly now that the media guns will be turned onto Labour and the LibDems.

      UKIP are never likely to get a majority in London, but if they can put in the hard work and grind away they have every chance of workings towards that 25% target over the next 5 years… it’s all down to good discipline and smart management: saying less and doing more.

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      • 25
        Bill Quango MP says:

        it’s all down to good discipline and smart management:

        Unfortunately they have neither. And I say that as someone who wishes UKIP well.
        They MUST get a top spin doctor or it may all be lost by a few ‘Hancock’ or ‘Bloom’ types.

        Kippers deride the spinmeisters..rightly so..but they aren’t Boris. They can’t get away with being the party of gaffe forever.

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        • 40
          Anonymong says:

          They need more ‘normals’ front of house, that’s for sure.

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          • well says:

            Winston McKenzie gave a good interview to Dimblebore
            last night pointing out that the establishment and media
            had played the race card to try and demonize UKIP.

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          • veejay says:

            Yes, they were so confused. He is a character and obviously someone more calm should be making decisions but the man is bright, has enthusiasm, is honest and real. And you know every time he speaks Dan Hodges cries a little inside “Mummy, I said Ukip are racist, I said it 50 times a day for the last 3 weeks but they don’t believe me”.

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          • Osama the Nazarene2 says:

            If Mackenzie gave a good interview then I’m a racist Chinaman.

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          • Gooseberry_Fool says:

            It is unfortunately “normal” in this country to love Diversity and therefore to absolutely adore Immigration.
            Some short-termist fools even try to say immigration is necessary to pay pensions – but they forget the people earmarked to work hard to pay pensions will, one day also need a pension, and the Country, already crowded is surrounded by a cold, encroaching Sea.
            Fools.

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          • Cinna says:

            Just received:

            Thank you for contacting the BBC.

            We understand you felt Jasmine Lawrence’s Twitter comments about UKIP were biased against the party.

            Jasmine Lawrence was tweeting from a personal account. She has been reminded of her responsibility to uphold BBC guidelines. She has deactivated her twitter account and will now be playing no part in the BBC’s election coverage in coming days.

            Nevertheless, we acknowledge the strength of your complaint and we can assure you that we’ve registered your comments on our audience log.

            This is the internal report of audience feedback which we compile daily for all programme makers and commissioning executives within the BBC, and also their senior management. It ensures that your points, and all other comments we receive, are made available across the BBC.

            Thank you again for taking the time to contact us.

            Kind Regards

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          • cured lefty says:

            Gooseberry Fool , I can’t believe your the first to challenge the “immigration is good “brigade .I try follow most political discourse and I’ve yet to hear anybody state the bleeding obvious .

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        • 172
          Osama the Nazarene3 says:

          If Mackenzie gave a good interview then I’m a racist Chinaman!

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          • actually says:

            He pointed out that the establishment had used the word
            racist as a political tool to attack UKIP.

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          • Osama the Nazarene3 says:

            Unfortunately his message was lost by his manner of haranguing the interviewer.

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        • 184
          rimboooo says:

          Now Ukip are winning elections though I suspect they will get more and more support.

          A lot of people believe in democracy and believe in reducing or stopping immigration. Ukip have that on their side. They should start attracting more ordinary people. Well, they already do, but the media ignores it. On twitter there are many, especially young 20 something women who support them and are attacked mercilessly it must be said by brain dead lefties and feminazis.

          Suzanne Evans is someone who needs to be given more and more prominence.

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          • Labour is the enemy of the working classes says:

            Yes… and she should have been selected to stand for Newark instead of Helmer.

            Someone like her would have absolutely confounded the UKIP stereotypes that Helmer confirms.
            A young, attractive, intelligent, educated, articulate, and very normal young woman as UKIP’s first MP whilst she completes her PhD.

            Smart management means putting Miss Evans on the ballot for Newark, not Helmer.

            Whoever made this decision needs to be removed and someone with a full set put in post.

            It’s such a waste of an opportunity – it really is.

            If I was running their selection process, I’d be collating a database of insults and stereotypes, and using them to generate a profile for ideal candidates based on the opposite of that database.

            There are so many atrocious Labour, LibDem, and Tory MPs, it shouldn’t be hard to find better candidates to compete with them.

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        • 227
          Anonymous says:

          I like the Blooms and the Helmers – they eat progressives for breakfast.

          God help us if UKIP turn into another stage managed, anodyne, characterless party.

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          • stushie says:

            Q. T. Typically hostile to UKIP .Audience (Selected) & esconced at BBC H.Q. Three anti UKIP panel members plus stacked audience and millionaire Dimbleby putting the boot in, yet UKIP held it’s own.
            Repect

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      • 107
        Scrat says:

        Labour will smash these RW racist drones.

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      • 232
        broderick crawford says:

        “now that the media guns will be turned onto Labour and the LibDems …”

        Hello. Which left field did that one come from ?

        If anything the left dead tree press and other socialist leaning tv , radio and internet mecia will be forming an unholy editorial allisnce with the right wing organs to atfack ukip even more fiercely leading to may 2015

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    • 22
      bingley bongley says:

      “Don’t be seduced by the informality of social media into bringing the BBC into disrepute”

      should read

      Don’t be seduced by the informality of social media into bringing the BBC FURTHER into disrepute

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      • 31
        Gordon Brown says:

        I want a job on Casualty so I can make use of my medical skills

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        • 112
          Messrs Burke & Hare says:

          We’ve got some medical experiments we’d like you to take part in!

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        • 152
          Nurse says:

          Gordo, – you’ve got your trousers round your ankles!

          Go back into the lavvy, get rid of that bit of Izal shiny lavvy paper, and dress yourself!

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        • 173
          Gordon Brown's Alter Ego says:

          I can turn people into Zombies. Do not believe me? Look at Scotland.

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      • 116
        Peter Martin says:

        A rather amazing example of post horse-bolting, way-too-late stable management.

        “Mary Hockaday, has emailed all Beeboids telling them to keep schtum online:”

        You can see why Mary gets the big bucks, and impresses so much when wheeled out on Newswatch to tell the BBC the BBC gets it about right.

        Didn’t Helen Boaden a few years back issue pretty much the same thing? Something like ‘don’t be stupid in public’? Which they all promptly ignored.

        Going sooo well still, then.

        Especially as ‘The Future of the BBC’ inquiry still mulls.

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        • 166
          táxpáyér says:

          It balances out all the anti-left tweets on the BBC.

          OK we’re still waiting for the first one, but there’s sure to be an avalanche of them from “our” broadcaster’s staff.

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      • 121
        Seen it all before says:

        The BBC staff will carry on as normal but will just keep their bias anonymous. Nothing will change until we make it

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    • 74
      Cinna says:

      We are now proved a divided nation. London and the rest of us.

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    • 77
      crispy bacon says:

      oh.crumb.

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    • 88
      rimbo says:

      It’s worth seeing Dan Hodge’s twitter feed. He has gone into meltdown and is clutching at anything, he’s very particular agitated that everyone knows that Ukip only did “very well” in London versus”excellently” outside london.

      Has a newspaper of the prestige of the telegraph ever before given such a prominent position to someone as biased, unhinged and downright silly as Dan Hodges before? A serious question. Polly Toynbee might be odious but even she will occasionally, grudgingly accept she was wrong about tiny things and try to keep up the pretense of being a journalist. With Hodges there is none of that. His whole professional life these days is dedicated to a doomed attempt to make people believe that Ukip’s desire for every man to have the democratic right to elect those who make our laws is “racist”. He screams it over and over again. And still normal people say “no it isn’t” and vote for Ukip.

      I fear for his mental health, he already sounds like he is in a corner weeping, sending out angry texts “But they are racist, they want to control immigration!!!” and I fear for the future of the telegraph giving such a man a prominent position in the newspaper.

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    • 93
      GeoffM says:

      Ukip didn’t do as well because there are hardly any regular Britons living there now – just immigrants, the wealthy, the Establishment and the luvvies of the BBC and lefty media.

      Just proves how grossly unrepresentative of the UK our capital city has become.

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      • 111
        Metrosexual elite and their imported surfs v Britain says:

        The disconnect between London and the rest of the country needs sorting. and I don’t mean bringing the rest of the country into line.

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      • 114
        Fred the pensioner says:

        You forgot the postal votes fraud and the (illegally) folded voting sheets.

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      • 130
        Rome burns says:

        I’m sure Dave, Ed & Nick all learnt to play the fiddle when at school

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    • 124
      The great divide says:

      The London v rest of Britain divide is probably the most serious problem facing the country as it represents a social elite who have imported cheap Labour from the rest of the world to serve them and a country which has had to suffer their self serving diktats for decades now. To make things worse the elite are hiding behind their greater parliament over in Brussels

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    • 157
      táxpáyér says:

      The imported contents of London aren’t representative of the UK (but representative of the medja/rent-seeking classes)?

      Who knew?!

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      • 183
        well there's a surprise says:

        On the day that 4-party politics has exploded in Britain,
        the BBC2 lunchtime election programme has only managed
        to find representatives from the 3 established parties.

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        • 194
          helpful suggestion says:

          And can Jeremy Vine please stop leaping about on that stupid fucking
          map.
          I know all those graphics must cost a fortune and a BBC team probably spent months dreaming up the idea,but it’s confused,muddled and tells viewers absolutely nothing.
          Much better to have a box with updated and accurate figures,like on Sky.

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    • 208
      Reith's Ghost says:

      The BBC must be dismantled. It cannot be trusted to be impartial, it has a VERY clear agenda which it will not cease in trying to achieve.

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  2. 2
    Sweet justice says:

    A bit late now the votes have actually been cast and the tweets already sent.

    Yeah but UKIP had the last laugh! :-D

    Liked by 1 person

    • 119
      Fred the pensioner says:

      This woman should be sacked as she clearly has no control over her staff or knows what they get up to when they think she is not looking.

      PS: Why do all these “senior managers” seem to be of the female gender? Are there no glass ceilings any more at the Beeb?

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      • 165
        Scrap the BBC Tax says:

        They should all be sacked.

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        • 181
          JH3904023923-093-4 says:

          No, just make it a subscription channel.

          Then the 125’000 people who want to hear news shaped for metropolitan lefty elites can do so.

          Everyone else can get on with their business £148 per annum richer.

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          • Scrap the BBC Tax says:

            Scrap the BBC Tax and let them sort themselves out.

            Subscription, advertising, whatever. It’s their problem.

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        • 201
          RichUpNorth says:

          They should all be reamed-out mercilessly”

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        • 204
          táxpáyér says:

          They would be sacked by the public if they had to choice to subscribe to leftwing narrative TV.

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      • 228
        John Bellingham says:

        @Fred the pensioner
        When women pass through the glass ceiling, you can see up their skirt.

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    • 138
      M­a­­q­bo­­ul says:

      I think they were preaching to the already converted.

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  3. 3
    Labour is the enemy of the working classes says:

    Stable door…

    Liked by 2 people

  4. 4
    Malcolm Tucker says:

    As you say, a bit late. Hopefully, it hasn’t made much difference.

    Liked by 1 person

    • 34
      Labour is the enemy of the working classes says:

      I think the UKIP fox is not just in westminster, but it broadcasting house as well… the blessed beeb must know that the once theoretical threat to their financial lifeline is rapidly crystallising into a clear and present danger – next Charter Renewal could be an uncomfortable experience for them – particularly if we’re looking at a Tory-UKIP supply-and-demand type government.

      However well Labour poll, they just don’t have “winner” stamped on them, and a Lib-Lab or Lib-Con coalition seems unthinkable given the opprobrium towards the LibDems.

      I hope CCHQ is thinking carefully about how they can help UKIP undermine the Libs and Labs… a bit of tacit backscratching could help them both… UKIP look likely to lay off the BetterOffOut lot, so what do the Tories have to lose by not standing in safe Lab and Lib seats where the Kippers can make mischief for them.

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      • 61
        Anonymong says:

        They’ll survive the next one, albeit with some concessions to localism and reduced revenue collection powers. The one after that is make or break though, it’s a national ‘media tax’ or bust for the beeb.

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        • 217
          Labour is the enemy of the working classes says:

          the tide of technology is against them… if everyone around the country were sent instructions on how to legally watch stuff for free, enough of them would be willing and able to do it to bring the whole thing crashing down.

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      • 66
        how about says:

        Every UKIP voter should stop paying the licence-fee
        in protest at BBC bias.

        Liked by 1 person

        • 72
          Taxpayer funded astroturfing EU Troll says:

          BBC hunting around Walsall until they find a UKIP Voter with enough facial tats. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vHT_PKnUHs

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        • 199

          People keep saying I stop paying. That still leaves the millions who do pay funding a covert political campaign against us. Every idiot you listen to has had their opinions dutifully spoon fed into them by the BBC. It need closing down.

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        • 241
          Coco the Clown-Having the last laugh at the smug BBC says:

          Been there, seen it, done it, don’t have the license. :) This is something that I think that both UKIP’ers and Merdoch could agree on. Maybe the times are changing?..

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      • 96
        haddock says:

        Tories not stand ? well not an ‘official’ tory, just an ‘independent tory with the full support of the parties election machine.
        Farage will not be able to take UKIP members with him if he tries a stunt with the Conservatives or any sub-group of Conservatives.
        Any better-off-out type that can’t see Cameron for what he is may as well stay where he is, he’s too thick/concerned with his wallet to be of any use to UKIP.

        that includes the judas goats who are always bleating, never doing.

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      • 145
        Fat slug Dave (where's my brown trousers)? says:

        CCHQ doesn’t do “tacit backscratching”: more “noisy shitstabbing”.

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  5. 5
    Bent Airwaves says:

    So they become the silent enemy then.

    Marxist, taxi riding, expense claiming, gravy train scum!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. 6

    “Don;t slag off UKIP now that they’re winning….they may be our masters next year”.

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    • 182
      non taxable pikey says:

      First helicopter back to shore and don’t even think you will work in my industry again. Be very lucky and you won’t get a size 10 steel toe capped rig boot up your jacksie on the way out.

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  7. 7
    Anonymous says:

    Dont know about you lot on here but if I did any of this I would be looking for a new job….

    Liked by 1 person

  8. 9
    It's the twitter stupid. says:

    So the editor of BBC news is stupid then, according to the BBC.

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    • 27
      String Vest says:

      Well, calling 30% of voters lunatics is a bit stupid. Sorry, not a bit stupid, but very stupid indeed.

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      • 45
        Labour is the enemy of the working classes says:

        Speaking of stupid, I got a fake handwritten letter from an MEP through the letterbox this morning… I scanned it as it wasn’t clear which party they were from… I spotted a line about “little Englander” and EU guaranteeing thousands of jobs… I felt instantly patronised and insulted… I presume this was a Tory MEP leaflet – how can they possibly expect to win me over by effectively calling me a naive çunt? The naive çunts.

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    • 89
      JH3904023923-093-4 says:

      Correction:

      “Don’t be seduced by the informality of social media into bringing the BBC into disrepute, by publicly saying that anyone who disagrees with us is evil bigoted hideously white scum.”

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      • 122
        Mary Hockaday says:

        However please note it’s OK to keep saying “Bedroom Tax” even though it isn’t a tax and only lefties call it that.

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  9. 11
    Steve Miliband says:

    Even the fucking memo is airy fairy lefty shitspeak

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    • 33
      Anonymous says:

      Don’t sound off about things in an openly partisan way.

      No, just twist the truth to suit your prejudices by omission and emphasis!

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      • 53
        Labour is the enemy of the working classes says:

        Quite… sound off in a covertly partisan way instead.

        The patronising bastards… they treat the whole public as though we are in an asylum and they are the nurses managing the medication. Fuck them and their politics.

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    • 37
      Bill Quango MP says:

      The whole place is. Its like a UK version of the EU.

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  10. 12
    F##k the LibLabCon says:

    The BBC has shown time and again it is institutionally biased and we need a public enquiry in to its employment practices and recruiting criteria.

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  11. 13
    DaveA says:

    FFS. So someone in a senior position has to remind others in senior positions not to do anything stupid. How did they get these jobs, apart from being Guardian readers?

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  12. 14
    Desperate Dan says:

    They don’t need to ‘state their political preferences’. They are on full view for everyone to see through the angles they take and the rentaquotes they feature.

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  13. 15
    Winston says:

    Kick them where it hurts and stop paying the TV tax.

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  14. 16
    Genghiz the kahn says:

    Only yesterday, The Guardian claimed that warnings were given out last week. Given that Journomummy was covering Elections, was she aware of this or not?

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    • 21
      Max says:

      I once loved the bbc, but it is so biased now I think the only solution is to sell it off, sadly

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  15. 17

    Tweeted Question:

    Mary, Mary. Quite contrary,
    How does your garden grow?

    Tweeted Reply:

    Not with fucking UKIP!

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    • 36
      EeeYepBlowing Whistles says:

      Hi Cat have a look below at the Baa news bit – i thinks you will appreciate the Pavlovia – pun.

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    • 242
      Tax payer funded asroturfing EU troll says:

      Mary Mary quite contrary .
      Shave that pussy
      It’s goddam hairy.

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  16. 18
    Anonymous says:

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  17. 19
    Mr Woy says:

    If people keeping voting for the same monkeys they’ve been voting for, for the last 20/30 years why are they surprised nothing changes.

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  18. 20
    Guffaws says:

    Hilarious! You can openly tweet biased content to an audience that follows you for news and then all that happens is an email is sent around to warn people.

    The mind boggles what it takes to get someone sacked yet alone suspended, demoted and docked pay!

    I suspect if you set burned down Broadcasting House someone in HR would circulate an email the next day warning people to remember the fire drill.

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  19. 23
    Tom says:

    Headline on BBC News website under the “Politics” section this morning –

    “Labour make gains”

    No bias there, then…

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    • 38
      yep says:

      BBC Surrey website headline-
      “UKIP fails dismally in election”

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    • 55
      Pick litter for bennies says:

      And “cracking read” to a Guardian article slagging off UKIP.

      Like

    • 69
      Guffaws says:

      It’s true, they’ve won several councils!

      How this happened under Ed Miliband is a mystery, I imagine a team of scientists is busy with analysis!

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      • 82
        String Vest says:

        It is traditional for the opposition to get a huge swing in local elections. There was no huge swing this time. All in all a very poor result for Labour.

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  20. 23
    EeeYepBlowing Whistles says:

    “Baa-reaking news”

    In a spectacular overnight coup millions of sheep have finally broken out from their life-time holding pens and trampled all over their Sheep Herders. The Sheep Herders’ former ‘Barking Hounds’ upon realising that they too are completely outnumbered have run off to Pavlovia.

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  21. 26
    F##k the LibLabCon says:

    From what I can gather this morning the Lib-Dems, Labour and the party of Dave all seem to think this is nothing more than a anti-politics protest vote. It’s this very attitude from the liblabcon that has brought them here today. The fight goes on.

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  22. 28
    Purpleline says:

    I have always said this and it’s my little campaign, as on the financial journalism channels, Bloomberg/ CNBC any contributor to a programme should have a strap on the screen for transparency on voting intentions, party support/previous voting history.

    Good enough for transparency on stocks & shares good enough for protecting our democracy.

    If the BBC/ SKY refuse to make it a policy then those being interviewed need to ask the question.

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  23. 29
    DaveA says:

    Mary Hockaday – total remuneration – £150,614! Remember – don’t do anything stupid, i.e., you could put all our salaries at risk.

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    • 65
      Labour is the enemy of the working classes says:

      So thats just over 1,000 people paying for her precious opinions.

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      • 148
        Fred the pensioner says:

        … but happily I am not one of them. If only there were 1000 more like me ….

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  24. 30
    who why what where when says:

    So the BBC has warned staff not to reveal their political
    preferences in tweets etc, but hasn’t bothered reminding them
    that actual news coverage should also be fair,balanced and
    impartial.

    The BBC’s lefty culture is so entrenched staff truly believe it’s
    the norm.Giving Jasmine Lawrence a few days off and Hockaday’s
    email is not sufficient to restore any kind of confidence in the organisation.

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    • 46
      pookie snackumberger says:

      In other words hide what you realy think least they have proof.

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    • 56
      License Payer says:

      She should be sacked, no question of it.

      The BBC’s whole charter is about being unbiased. I can’t believe they’ve just rode over this and basically ignored it.

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      • 153
        Fred the pensioner says:

        Word on the street is she was ok until she banged her head in that glass ceiling. Never been the same since…

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  25. 32
    Farage was Hitler's love child says:

    Reports of multiple Green gains across London. The Greens seem to be doing in London what UKIP is doing elsewhere.

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    • 48
      The Public says:

      LMAO – and they claim the London population is educated FFS.

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    • 54
      Bill Quango MP says:

      Greens do well amongst metrosexuals who have a bus every 30 seconds, a tube station within quarter of a mile and school no more than 1/2 mile distance.
      Plus a taxi available by sticking up your hand.
      Choice of 24 hour supermarkets within 5 minutes stroll and more pubs restaurants clubs in a 1/2 mile radius than exist in most urban centres outside of London

      They can’t understand why anyone would need to have a car at all.

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  26. 41
    pookie snackumberger says:

    “You shouldn’t state your political preferences or say anything that compromises your impartiality”

    If they are impartial how or why would they say anything that would compromise it?

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  27. 47
    UKIP for 2015 says:

    Have you watch these people when they talk about UKIP?

    Their faces turn into some version of a bad Golemn, all screwed up and filled with hatred. My precious power!

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  28. 50
    Will says:

    Well the chair of the bbc is coming up so it will interesting to see which ex euro mp gets the gig. Mind you whoever it is robbing old ladies of the licence fee ever year gets harder to justify. Especially as its about equal to 1 weeks state pension.

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  29. 52
    Sarah Millington says:

    The BBC News staff are all left wing metropolitan luvvies who sneer at the working class.

    As a member of that working class who voted UKIP I did so to rub the BBC’s nose in their disdain for people like me.

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  30. 57
    Peter Hain says:

    To BBC-LAB a BIG THANK YOU.

    Keeping Local Election Coverage of UKIP gains OFF your front page.

    THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

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  31. 62
    Moley says:

    BBC staff having entrenched political views is one thing, but being totally intolerant and bigoted about those with different views is quite another; particularly when that bigotry and intolerance is openly displayed in utter contempt of the requirement for impartiality.

    These people are being paid huge sums of money for their work, and an essential aspect of that work is impartiality and respect for those with different views. I don’t get paid for listening to their partisan drivel, I am supposed to pay for the privilege; (but I don’t and I won’t; ever).

    Yes, respect; because even if you do not agree with Nigel Farage you have to respect him for his hard work, political skills and patriotism.

    On a different note, When one reviews Cameron’s performance in these elections, it has to be seen in the context of the charisma, popularity, and policy rich manifesto of the Labour leader.

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  32. 67
    JR says:

    Got my official complaint in before this from on high at the BBC yesterday

    Like

    • 86
      Cinna says:

      You and I both. However, I asked for a reply to my complaint, but I’m not holding my breath waiting for it.

      Like

  33. 70
    EeeYepBlowing Whistles says:

    To prempt the Sunday Rags – they’ll have some usual sex expose on a couple of high profile celebrities / sportsmen.

    Will some ‘nasty’ incident / atrocity be allowed to happen to – cause ‘utter fear’ of impending doom to numb the public into submission?

    Will everone who voted UKIP be interviewed at their local pig shop or will they be sent on a diversity course to make them ‘believe in the EU and its peddled lies’?

    Like

  34. 73
    FairBobby says:

    BBC staff from Paxman up constantly breach these guidelines and display their bias and partiality for all to see. Emily Maitless is a good example of offensive and witless interrogation made only more offensive by almost indecent exposure, certainly in bad taste. These are the examples set by the BBC and it is only to be expected that junior staff will try to emulate them. Memos of guidance are worthless as the contrary message has already gone out. I have a remedy: when they appear on screen I simply switch channels or turn off. Letters of complaint are a waste of time as bad behaviour is always denied or justified.

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  35. 76
    Moley says:

    The Telegraph; (Conservative’s Beano), has an article criticising Miliband for a poor campaign. !!!!

    The score when I last looked is that Labour have gained 109 seats; Conservatives have LOST 89, UKIP has gained 83.

    The economy is coming right and Cameron is losing hand over fist to Miliband?

    You do not need a crystal ball to guess the result in 2015 if Cameron is still leader.

    Like

  36. 81
    Cinna says:

    It’s still open to abuse. The guidance states:

    c. You are allowed to say that you work for the BBC, and you can discuss the BBC and your work publicly. But your name/title should not contain BBC in any form. And you should make clear that the views expressed are personal, and not those of the BBC.

    So they can go on peddling lies and hate but as long as they state they are not the views of the BBC it is OK. Yeah, right. We are asked to believe that the current anti UKIP rants are all private views and as news editors their private views won’t/don’t affect the official BBC news output. as I said…yeah, right!

    Like

  37. 84
    Peter Hain says:

    RICHARD 111 REBURIAL STORY

    BURYS UKIP GAINS FROM BBC-LAB FRONT PAGE.

    I hope UKIP voters WONT start a campaign to defund BBC-LAB of it’s licence fee loot.

    Like

  38. 85
    Democrat1 says:

    ‘Don’t sound off about things in an OPENLY partisan way’ – my capitals.

    Far from condemning the practice of being partisan this is just BBC approval to be partisan as long the plebs who pay the licence don’t cotton on.

    Like

  39. 87
    Evelyn Sackrider says:

    Blimey, that’s an incredibly lame letter, was Cleggy involved?

    Like

  40. 91
    Bricktop says:

    What the e-mail says to the news staff is, its OK to have your left wing UKIP hating views, but dont get caught spouting off about them.I wonder if it would be OK to have racist, homophobic, anti-Islam views too, just so long as you dont tweet about them ?

    Like

  41. 94
    Clearly white middle aged r@cist says:

    So has the fragrant Jasmine still got a job?

    Seems like it.

    Like

  42. 95
    Moley says:

    Comedy Gold from Gove on the Labour party;( Telegraph)

    “You would ordinarily have expected the party to benefit [from anger at the Government] not to be Ukip but to be Labour, who are the principle opposition, who are bidding to be the government next time round,” he said. “And if you look across the country, they just have not made the progress that you’d expect a party to make if they were going on to become the next government.”

    So if Labour having gained 114 seats haven’t made the progress you would expect of a party which is going to become the next Government; where does that put the Conservatives with their loss of 93(so far) seats?

    Like

    • 105
      String Vest says:

      Gains in local elections should be in the hundreds (note the plural). 114 seats is a very poor showing indeed. Look at past local elections, gains of 500+ seats are more of an indicator.

      Like

      • 213
        Moley says:

        I take your point, however, I am not entirely convinced that Conservatives don’t find these results a little worrying.

        The Conservatives did not have a majority, and they too need to make large gains to get one in 2015

        Like

    • 189
      Fred the pensioner says:

      Dear Mo,

      Mr Gove did NOT say ‘principle’. He said ‘principal’.

      Clearly he still has lots to do on the ejukashun side.

      Like

      • 214
        Moley says:

        Thanks Fred;

        would it be unprincipled of me to point out that the principal reason I used the word principle instead of principal is that Gove was speaking not writing?

        (Actually it was a typo)

        Like

  43. 98
    Peter Tapsell says:

    Greens win 1st ever seat in Wirral taking Birkenhead and Tranmere from Labour.

    Get in there you Greens !

    Like

    • 104
      Gideon George Osborne says:

      A huge thank you to everyone who voted Green yesterday. We will have to wait until Sunday night to know the Euro results.

      Like

    • 150
      M­a­­q­bo­­ul says:

      It was always know Northerners don’t get enough greens.

      Like

    • 178
      Name and address not supplied says:

      Got to admit that’s a good one, Birkenhead and Wallasey was a Labour Council , I think it’s found it’s permanent spot NOC, the Labour council are rubbish, both town centres are total crap and high parking charges make it cheaper for townsfolk to go to Liverpool, Cheshire Oaks and Bromborough, the council spent somewhere around £800,000 for a glass fire escape stairs in Wallasey town hall , but at the same time shouting they had no money.

      Like

    • 193
      non taxable pikey says:

      Your Tofu is in the post.

      Like

  44. 101
    Darren says:

    Tweet from a BBC guy

    Arif Ansari ‏@ArifBBC · 12m
    Fragoff party takes a seat from Labour in Sefton. First win. They campaign to save Greenbelt.

     from Manchester

    Like

  45. 103
    Not in my name says:

    Pathetic: she asks ever so nicely that senior BBC News staff do not air their grotesque political bias in public.

    The words “Gross Misconduct” ring any bells?

    Like

  46. 106
    Jack the Ripper says:

    “Connect with people.”

    Leeches connect with people.

    Like

    • 192
      Fred the pensioner says:

      Correct, ‘leeches’ is THE mot juste to describe BBC staff.

      PS: Don’t pay the telly tax; instead give yourselves a 150 quid tax free annual pay rise.

      Like

  47. 108
    Name and address not supplied says:

    Where the hell do Sky and the bBBC keep all the political “experts” they keep having on, do they have a store room full of them or do they buy them from Harrods or John Lewis, every time you look at these “news” makers they have an “expert” on telling loads of crap.

    Like

  48. 109
    Bollocks to UKIP says:

    Just remind how many councils are controlled by UKIP ?

    Lab 33 (+4)
    Con 20 (-8)
    Lib Dems 2 (-2)
    UKIP 0 (0) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Green 0 (0)
    NOC 16 (+6)

    Like

    • 125
      Name and address not supplied says:

      Time is on UKIPs side, tick tock tick tock, don’t get upset, have a thought to why people are now voting for UKIP and have a think why the LibLabCons are losing votes and try to add the three together you may get yourself an answer, your vote your opinion not a problem, no bollocks involved.

      Like

    • 132

      Yes. Carry on… :-)

      Like

    • 146
      M­a­­q­bo­­ul says:

      How many councils do UKIP have councillors on you should be asking?

      Like

    • 203
      Primary School Maths Teacher says:

      Since only a THIRD of council seats were up for grabs (other than London) and since UKIP had hardly any councillors in the councils voting, it takes a lefty to be surprised that UKIP don’t control any councils after the voting.

      Like

  49. 110
    GeoffM says:

    The way I read that email is:-

    “Don’t let the public know that we are Left Wing Guardianistas and keep up the front that we are impartial when in fact we are anything but…”

    The BBC needs to pass into history – stop paying the TV Tax. Life is so much better without brainwashing, soaps, celebs, quiz shows and repeats. Get a Chromecast and watch whatyou want, when you want – for free.

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  50. 113
    Alan Johnston (First Time Poster) says:

    “This time next year everyone will be saying ‘who do I want to put in Downing St?’, and it won’t be Nigel.”

    Like

  51. 115
    It's a Cockout says:

    Ex-BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall sentenced to an extra two years and six months in jail for indecently assaulting a girl.

    Like

  52. 117
    BBC are bastards says:

    BBC blatantly ignoring Green Party (even though we’ve just made gains in Bristol). All UKIP. All fascism.

    Like

  53. 123
    @bbcleftyjourno@maryhockaday says:

    Mary, I thought I couldn’t be more depressed than I am already, but then I got your email. One for the road : UKIP are twats.

    Like

  54. 127

    Profundity of the Punditry?

    Hahahahahahahahaha!

    Like

  55. 133
    Anonymous says:

    Seriously can anyone anywhere find a single tweet that is pro right wing pro conservative [ the real ones not the lefty fake ones] or pro anything not labour green and their version of liberal from anyone working at the BBC ever?

    Like

  56. 136
    ron says:

    The BBC claims to like diversity.

    If it made efforts to employ a more politically diverse workforce it wouldn’t need to issue warnings like this one.

    Like

    • 170
      A metrosexual muesli eating woomin wearing effnic clothes says:

      I feel so very enriched I’m going to get my clit cut off!

      Like

  57. 139
    Roger Helmer says:

    You ain’t seen me, right?

    Like

  58. 140
    The BBC is full of bigots says:

    Lessons have been learned. The BBC will now try to be a little more discreet about our anti-UKIP bias.

    Like

    • 147
      Londoner says:

      James O’Brien is still trying to polish the turd of immigration invasion and multi-culturalism on LBC.

      Like

    • 151
      Londoner says:

      James O’Brien is still trying to polish the t”rd of immigration invasion and multi-culturalism on LBC.

      Like

      • 159
        EeeYepBlowing Whistles says:

        when will he hit the heights of Johan Hari – the denialist?

        Like

      • 175
        well there's a surprise says:

        I wouldn’t expect anything less of someone
        who’s lefty views are so deeply entrenched.
        He’s out of touch with huge numbers of the
        British population.

        Like

    • 163
      Name and address not supplied says:

      Will they use voice changing techniques to take the hiss and the hate tones out the broadcast as they have to mention UKIP in a news bit.

      Like

  59. 143
    The Grauniad / Biased.Bullshit.Corpse - Axis of Evil says:

    FROM THE DIRECTOR OF POLITICALLY CORRECT & CONVENIENT TRUTH
    URGENT – TO ALL DRONES, ‘PROGRESSIVE’ HAND-WRINGING ARSEHOLES
    World will end Thursday if UKIP wins. UKIP will not win Thursday. UKIP racist. Global warming will bring end of World. Global warming impossible to stop. All will drown unless build more Wind Farms. Gordon Brown proved Right and will return in Triumph to lead us into Golden New Age. EUSSR most wonderful thing ever! World will end Thursday if UKIP wins. UKIP will not win Thursday. UKIP racist. Global warming will bring end of World. Global warming impossible to stop. All will drown unless build more Wind Farms. Gordon Brown proved Right and will return in Triumph to lead us into Golden New Age. EUSSR most wonderful thing ever! World will end Thursday if UKIP wins. UKIP will not win Thursday. UKIP racist. Global warming will bring end of World. Global warming impossible to stop. All will drown unless build more Wind Farms. Gordon Brown proved Right and will return in Triumph to lead us into Golden New Age. EUSSR most wonderful thing ever!

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  60. 144
    the homonculus says:

    If we are to have a stae broadcasting arm at least let it be one that loves its own Volk
    Like this

    Like

    • 164
      Tachybaptus says:

      It’s well done, isn’t it? And in educated German, not Hitler’s toe-curling Bavarian accent. If Göbbels had been Führer, they’d have won the war.

      Like

    • 239
      Rage against the machine says:

      Why are you posting this extreme left wing shite ?

      Like

  61. 160
    BBC Head Honcho says:

    Keep your bias secret – keep it to the programming.

    Like

  62. 162
    Autobahn( not driving on the left) says:

    Are there any Islamics on the ISS ?
    how confusing will that be having to move every second when praying ?

    Like

  63. 177
    Moley says:

    A large number of voters are motivated by the desire to ensure that a particular party is defeated, and they vote accordingly.

    It used to be, up to about a month ago, that the anti-Conservative vote only came from Labour.

    Following on from CCHQs malevolent (and ineffective) smear campaign against UKIP, there is a new kid on the block when it comes to anti-Conservative voting, and he is growing fast and taking kung fu lessons.

    How about UKIP making an anti-Conservative pact with Labour if they promise an immediate referendum?

    Following this nasty and unpleasant campaign from CCHQ, it may well sit better with UKIP members and supporters than a pact with Cameron.

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    • 186
      Name and address not supplied says:

      If they did that, UKIP would lose everything they now hold, it takes time to move up the voting ladder, but just takes the wrong move to fall faster than a lift to nothing.

      Like

      • 196
        Fred the pensioner says:

        Snakes and ladders… Slowly slowly catchee that hairry thing that swings in the trees

        Like

    • 187
      er says:

      Labour are pro EU. No one would believe them if they promised a referendum.

      Like

    • 206
      Moley says:

      What I am trying to get across, in a lasting fashion, is that there is a price to be paid for negative campaigning, and all though it may take a while for all the bills to come in; they WILL come in.

      With a two Party system, it works up to a point, but with three or more parties it’s playing with fire.

      The political scene is changing and reliably predicting outcomes is going to be difficult. positive campaigning is fine, at the worst it won’t work, but with negative campaigning you run the risk that all that shit gets blown back into your own face.

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  64. 191
    average joanna says:

    UKIP doesn’t need to do deals.
    Now individual UKIP voters know that millions of others throughout
    the country feel exactly like they do about the established parties
    and the EU.
    Now people know that it’s OK to vote UKIP,and supporting
    Farage doesn’t mean you’re a sexist,racist thug or xenophobe.
    The damn has burst.

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    • 195
      non taxable pikey says:

      damn right.

      Like

      • 197
        Fred the pensioner says:

        … and the tsunami will be along on Sunday…

        Like

        • 198
          Fred the pensioner says:

          PS: When do we get to see the individual numbers of votes per candidate at each polling station? Be interesting to see just how close UKIP came to the ones above them.

          Like

    • 202
      JH3904023923-093-4 says:

      The damn has burst.

      My completely unfounded ‘index’ for this is their Facebook ‘Like’ count. Liking UKIP on Facebook is a very public act – it means people are not shamed into silence any more.

      When they pass the acheingly right on, yoofy, social-media-aware Labour’s count it will be a benchmark. UKIP people are supposed to be down the Golf Club, remember? They shouldn’t even know what the intern-nets is.

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  65. 200
    JH3904023923-093-4 says:

    Strange how all these metropolitan lefties are so up for mass enriched areas but never seem to want to live there themselves.

    It’s all about wanting to be near a ‘good’ school of course, never daring to examine what is stopping the schools in the enriched areas being ‘good’.

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  66. 209
    Mimi Stewart from the BBC says:

    Fuck off and die U-kip voters. I work for the BBC so do as you are told scum.

    Like

  67. 211
    David Wilson says:

    The BBC’s
    warning to its staff to remain impartial
    came too late for Mimi Kempton-Stewart, the assistant politics editor of the Today
    programme. Here are some of her thoughts on yesterday’s election,
    including that “it’d be nice” if “every UKIP voter were just to disappear forever or die”:

    Apologies for my previous deleted tweet on UKIP. The use of the
    phrase “drowned in acid” was inappropriate as a BBC employee and I
    regret it—

    UKIP are awful, really terrible, I can’t wait until this darned
    election is over so we can all be rid of them on our screens/airwaves!—

    Mimi Kempton-Stewart (@itsallmimimimi) May
    22, 2014

    Honestly, if every UKIP voter were just to disappear forever or
    die, the world would be a happier place. That’s my view, anyway.—

    Mimi Kempton-Stewart (@itsallmimimimi) May
    22, 2014

    @JakeCallaghan and I didn’t say they
    *should* die, I just said it’d be nice if they did, working for the BBC doesn’t
    mean I can’t have views—

    Mimi Kempton-Stewart (@itsallmimimimi) May
    22, 2014

    To me the word “UKIP” sounds like a dog being sick.
    Like their policies! Anyway, I’m off back to work, at my job at the BBC.—

    Mimi Kempton-Stewart (@itsallmimimimi) May
    22, 2014

    @JakeCallaghan and I didn’t say they
    *should* die, I just said it’d be nice if they did, working for the BBC doesn’t
    mean I can’t have views—

    Mimi Kempton-Stewart (@itsallmimimimi) May
    22, 2014Apologies for my previous deleted tweet on UKIP. The use of the
    phrase “drowned in acid” was inappropriate as a BBC employee and I
    regret it—

    Kempton-Stewart, a former Guardian Student Media digital journalist
    of the year, has apologised and deleted another tweet, though the others
    remain up:

    Mimi Kempton-Stewart (@itsallmimimimi) May
    22, 2014

    Charming. Should Mimi really be anywhere near determining the output
    of “Today”, the nation’s agenda setting radio show?

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  68. 219
    A BBC type says:

    Our radio pundits are really struggling not to say “we” when referring labours woes.

    Like

  69. 220
    Moley says:

    My dictionary defines “Bigot” as “A person who is intolerant, especially regarding religion, politics or race”

    So the bigots are not in UKIP, they are in the BBC whose staff have a universal intolerance and contempt for any political view but their own specialist brand of privileged metropolitan socialism.

    They need to look in the mirror and ask themselves some serious questions.

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    • 225
      rinky stingpiece says:

      The definition of bigot is simpler and more general than that.

      Bigotry is an “approach” to processing new information.

      A bigot, by definition, refuses to admit new information into their thought system, in case it creates incongruities and cognitive dissonance (a source of stress).
      This is a maladaptive behaviour only in terms of being a failure in the ability to reason. It makes sense as a way of reducing mental and emotional stress by having the comfortable furniture of a world view rearranged, and in that sense, shares features of high-functioning autism.

      The lefty establishment shows clear signs of bigotry and group think, but this is not merely herd-like conditioning, but to some extent a survival reflex – how else are you to find a mating partner and advance a career unless you openly espouse the opinions of those who wield power?

      It’s a sign of decadance, and the answer is the political equivalent of a correction, which is the healthy and necessary service that UKIP is providing.

      A positive outcome from this process would be a more inclusive political system with both Proportional Representation in Parliament, and more power transferred away from the centre to the voters.

      The contentration of power around “the court” in Westminster is a fundamental part of the problem.

      Like

  70. 223
    James O'Bottom says:

    It’s time to move the capital let’s face it bring it oop North how about Leeds or York!

    Like

  71. 230
    Never say N**** says:

    Anyone else had the bog standard reply from BBC in response to their complaint against Jasmine? Waste of time complaining. Just off to cancel my Direct Debit for the TV licence.

    Like

  72. 233
    Andrew Marr says:

    Verily I feel
    Offended
    That anyone might
    Expect a famous presenter

    Like myself to express
    A political preference
    But I can see why
    Our back room staff could
    Use the
    Reminder

    Like

  73. 235
    Necrophiliac Dating Agency-Just Where Do They Dig These People Up From? says:

    Us in the know, saw this years ago. It’s only until the real rise of UKIP did they start to get outright dirty. They treat the Organisation like their own little socialist cabal, answerable to no-one and not culpable for anything. They lack discipline yet get the wages most Squaddies, Coppers or Fire Men could only dream off.

    Mary Hockaday – Total Remuneration – ‘In Charge’ of 1000 Staff – £150,614
    Brigadier – Total Remuneration – In Charge of 2000+ Staff – £100,156

    These BBC Management just don’t realise how well they’re paid for what is essentially a NON-ESSENTIAL SERVICE. A Journalist is ONLY a Journalist when they’re IMPARTIAL – now MISS/MRS/MS Hockaday – whatever the fuck you want to call yourself, reign-in your rabid News Staff. It’s not a petty pecker platform for your off-piste presenters with an axe to grind!

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  74. 236
    Boys Buggery & Cocaine says:

    Very good but are you going to actually discipline those who have already broke those very clear rules on impartiality ? If not why not ?

    Like

  75. 237
    Rage against the machine says:

    Notice the strategy now being employed by the msm. They are putting the narrative about that the UKIP vote represents a ‘protest vote’ against politics. No it fucking doesnt it represents a big Fuck off to the rise and tyranny of the EUSSR of which millions of our countryment want no part. THAT is why I and I suspect millions of others voted UKIP !

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  77. 248
    Tom Catesby says:

    That email covers Hockaday’s arse nicely.

    Like

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