After Jamie Reed’s death from smugness was saved by the live feed going down, today the plug was pulled on Chris Leslie…
Metropolitan elitist versus the bloke from down the pub…
The BBC website lost all semblance of editorial impartiality yesterday, but how are they faring today? This headline makes their homepage this morning:
The claim comes from a report by the Trussell Trust, press released this morning as “Food bank use tops one million for first time”. It would be reasonable to assume from both that title and the BBC headline that, currently, one million people are using food banks. Is that the case?
Scroll down to the very bottom of the Trussell Trust press release, and of the “million” in the headline, they admit “on average 49 percent of foodbank users only needed one foodbank voucher in a year”.
In fact, “only 15 percent needed help more than three times in a year”. So it is misleading in the least to imply that a million people are currently using food banks.
What’s more, the Trussell Trust ‘fess up: “We cannot measure unique users on a national scale”. The “million” is not even a unique figure, it counts those who use foodbanks on more than once occassion twice.
But don’t let the facts get in the way of a good election story…
UPDATE: Full Fact also take issue with the headline:
“The claim that over a million people are using Trussell Trust food banks is inaccurate. It comes from confusing the number of different people using Trussell Trust food banks in a year with the number of times they use the food banks.
The Trussell Trust collect their data from the vouchers used by people referred to their food banks. If one voucher feeds a family of 4 people, that’s 4 instances. If the same family visit again next week, that’s another 4 instances. The Trussell Trust say that on average people needed two food bank vouchers annually, so the number of people using food banks is likely to be around half of the 1.1 million figure.”
It is fair to say all the evidence against Grant Shapps is purely circumstantial, there is no conclusive smoking gun, on that basis the Tory chairman would have a good case for defamation against The Guardian. It is not impossible he was framed, it is also possible that an over eager aide could be responsible – “the Chuka defence”. One for the Courts perhaps?
Self-proclaimed Labour funny man Jamie Reed had a toe-curling outing on the Daily Politics. He was only saved from death by smugness by the live feed going down…
And here is the whole interview in its terrible glory:
This a snapshot of the front-page of the BBC website as of 10 this morning:
It reads like a Labour press release, with each election story given the best possible pro-Labour slant to it. Where are Cameron’s, Osborne’s or Major’s attacks on Miliband on the same subject? Why is Labour’s nursing policy presented without question? Where is any other party on the front page?
Click through to the BBC’s Election 2015 hub, and it’s even less balanced:
Not a single Tory or LibDem featured story. Miliband’s SNP angle on Cameron is presented twice at the top of the page, yet no such treatment for the Tory response or any counter argument. Labour’s spin quote on the NHS is included in a headline and it’s topped off with a 36 hour old puff piece about Miliband taking a selfie. Where are UKIP? Where are the Greens, where are the LibDems?
Sinn Fein aren’t even going to turn up to Parliament, yet their begging bowl is considered a more significant story by the BBC website editor than the intervention of Sir John Major or Lord Forsyth. Nor a mention of UKIP’s business letter this morning. How this could possibly be spun as fair and balanced?
The BBC’s Jeremy Bowen is in Saudi Arabia reporting on the latest from the conflict in Yemen. There is however only one question on the lips of Saudi soldiers:
He’s their star in a reasonably priced Eurofighter Typhoon…
A bold tactic…
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