Local voting figures shed new light on EU referendum

RE:‘Local voting figures shed new light on EU referendum.’
by Martin Rosenbaum (freedom of information expert)

I am absolutely outraged, shaking with rage (not for the first time) at this latest attempt by the BBC to undermine the leave vote. I’ve officially complained of course but am aware that I’ll get nowhere.
Once again the BBC are telling us that all Brexiters are old, ignorant and white. This could be explained as desperation, a bit of petulant name calling because they didn’t get their own way but it’s much more insidious than that. This report has been used expressly to bolster the negative opinions already held by aggrieved remainers, BBC included. The analysis is based upon, at worst, biased speculation and at best educated guesswork.These dubious stats were expressed by the BBC during the referendum and after in a variety of ways and it serves no purpose to indulge in further analysis. It is in fact a waste of time and money (licence fee payers money) It will not change the outcome of the vote, no matter how much BBC employees may wish it could.
This report serves only one purpose, to heap scorn upon leave voters. For all the BBC’s boasts about inclusion, diversity, equality and non discrimination it is clear that the BBC are being divisive and perpetuating unhelpful stereotypes which could engender verbal or physical abuse to be aimed at leave voters. The BBC is, in short, guilty of inciting hatred.

I know full well that this complaint will be met with the usual platitudes. ‘public interest..blah, blah, BBC committed to impartiality…’ and my favourite, ‘The BBC doesn’t have a view upon this issue…’. Even if you accept that the BBC doesn’t have an official stance upon the issue of Brexit (as if anyone could believe that) it’s journalists and employees certainly do. They appear to be cut from the same cloth as regards their devotion to the EU and liberal lefty politics and they have over the last few months made it abundantly clear that they heartily disapprove of everything Brexit. Like a love sick teen unable to accept they’ve been dumped or the bereaved still in denial they seek to apportion blame for something they find unbelievable and unacceptable.
I’d like to ask Mr Rosenbaum for some information under the freedom of information act. As a licence fee payer I believe I’m entitled to ask how many of BBC employees voted to leave and how many hold political views which do not adhere to the usual liberal left/centrist ideologies which characterise all BBC output? I’m guessing the answer would not be a surprise, a big fat zero. How can they hold up the pretence of impartiality when there is none among them to question the material ?
I’ve asked for an apology, I demanded one, on the basis of bias, of discrimination and provocative reporting. I know my demand is fruitless. The BBC’s hubris knows no bounds, in their insular ivory tower of power and influence all the like minded minions are congratulating themselves upon their sanctimonious superiority and ineffable righteousness. They simply cannot see there might be an, equally passionate and valid, alternative to their viewpoint.

This organisation must be tamed or bought to its knees because no one in the public purse should be so wholly disconnected from the people they are supposed to speak for and to.

4 Comments on “Local voting figures shed new light on EU referendum”

  1. David Allen

    I fully agree, the article had only one purpose, which you accurately describe. I have followed BBC news for over 40 years and – until recently – had trusted it for unbiased reporting. Now it has become another liberal enemy of democracy. Absolutely disgraceful reporting.

  2. Michael

    @Tee2. Absolutely agree. The BBC blame division in this country on parties like UKIP when it is they who continue to categorise and divide the country into sections – old, uneducated, working class, poor areas voted leave; young, optimistic, educated, middle class, affluent areas voted to remain. Absolute tosh – I’m 38, well educated and optimistic and voted to leave as did many others in my position. Hate and division are caused by those looking for someone to blame, ie, media outlets and remainers who can’t accept the result.
    I’ve read the report and the evidence is severely lacking – made up stats and reports which were at best speculation. I’d be interested to know how they obtained their ‘evidence’ and how they could make the kind of assumptions offered in their report.
    @David Allen. The BBC have been the liberal enemy of democracy for years. They are a campaign/pressure group at best and offer nothing for all people only those who agree with its warped view of the UK. Companies/businesses are supposed to offer their customers value for money – if my phone provider or bank didn’t provide the kind of service that suited me, I’d take my cash and depart. Unfortunately, you can’t do that with the Beeb and they know it. It’s a draconian tax which needs to be scrutinised by parliament, heavily reformed and in some cases scrapped.

  3. Hilly

    I concur completely with this. I worked on the British Social Attitude Survey just after the ‘out’ vote so talked to a lot of voters on both sides of the argument. I found a very diverse group voted to leave, with well considered arguments. They were not all dispossessed racists as the BBC has portrayed them. I approached my local BBC radio station to arrange a programme to present a more balanced view but everything went quiet very quickly, no further communication. I voted out too because I believe in democracy. I find it difficult to listen to the BBC now about any topic as my trust has been lost. I find myself wondering whether they have a hidden agenda to present the news in a biased way. Now the BBC is setting up a Department to deal with ‘fake news’ which I find very worrying. Surely this important role should be carried out by an organisation that can demonstrate complete fairness and impartiality.

  4. Richard Tovey

    This was a secret ballot. Nobody knows whom I voted for, nor what my educational attainment is. My local authority do not; perhaps Yougov does, but that doesn’t require an FOI request.

    Of course, it is quite likely that an older person is less likely to have a degree because there were not the opportunities until the shake up of adult education in 1992. So anyone born before 1975 is fairly unlikely to have gone to university. That doesn’t make them thick, which is the implication

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