Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Media Messing

BBC Newsnight on Tuesday ran a piece about whether there's anti Scottish feeling in England and vice versa. At the top of the piece the presenter introduced it and said. "In a TV poll most people in Berwick expressed a desire to return the town to Scottish control." This is classic misrepresentation of the facts. It wasn't most people, it was a majority of people who voted in the unregulated, un scientific poll; 60.3% to be precise. Given that the population of Berwick-upon-Tweed is roughly 26,000 it also was a minority of people who voted in this TV poll - less than 2,000.

We live in a parallel universe, one in which the media set the agenda and the one in which the rest of us try to live.

3 comments:

Bretwalda Edwin-Higham said...

Berwick is Scotland.

Richard Havers said...

Bret, it seems that the media are not the only people occupying a parallel universe :)

Anonymous said...

Perhaps James (for it is he!) could change to Berwicka Edwin-Higham until such times as the rest of the population get the answer right in the upcoming referendum on Berwick returning to Alba which, whilst retaining much of what Scotland is is not actually the same.Or the future referendum on joining the Uppermost Highlandy part of England, which, again is not the same, or the proposed.....yadayada....

STB.