Plug Pulled on Labour Interview, Again!

After Jamie Reed’s death from smugness was saved by the live feed going down, today the plug was pulled on Chris Leslie…

Evan Davis v Nigel Farage

Metropolitan elitist versus the bloke from down the pub…

More BBC Website Bias: Food Bank Headline Claim Made Up

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.”

Shapps Comes Out Fighting

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?

Jamie Reed Wins Worst Interview of the 2015 Campaign, So Far

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:

BBC Website ‘Balance’ is a Joke

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?

Saudi Soldier Demands to Know Why BBC Sacked Clarkson

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…

#BBCDebate: Moment Farage Attacked “Left-Wing” BBC Audience

A bold tactic…

WATCH: Allegra Stratton V Ed Miliband

Turns out Ed’s not tough enuss to stand up to Newsnight’s Allegra Stratton.[…]

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Scary Kipper Sticks It To Beeb

Remember that Tory candidate turned UKIP defector who said “I just want to send the lot back“? Could she be Grimsby’s next MP?[…]

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Clarkson Pulls Out of Have I Got News For You

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Jimmy Mulville of Hat Trick Productions says:

“On reflection, Jeremy Clarkson has decided not to host Have I Got News

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Massive BBC Tech Waste Spin Unravels

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The BBC’s chief technology officer, Matthew Postgate, has claimed that by spending £285 million to prop up the Corporation’s creaking technology infrastructure for the next two years, they will actually be saving £90 million. ‘Negotiating’ £90 million off a ridiculous […]

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Quote of the Day

Former Miliband guru Arnie Graf reveals Labour’s disconnect with the working class:

“On one of my trips to the U.K. in the autumn of 2013, I bumped into one of Ed’s strategists in Portcullis House. He asked me if I was assisting the staff on Ed’s trip that was to take place in a few days to one of the regions. I told him that I did not have knowledge of his planned trip.

He told me that Ed was going to give a talk at the region’s annual fund raising dinner and that prior to the dinner he had invited the media to join him at a local coffee shop to listen to a conversation he planned to have with a minimum wage worker. The point of the conversation was to show how difficult it was for a minimum wage worker to get on in life.

There was only one problem. No one had been able to locate a minimum wage worker for Ed to talk with.”

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