Green Party blasts BBC for 'media blackout' in election coverage

Green Party blasts BBC for 'media blackout' in election coverage

Green Party blasts BBC for 'media blackout' in election coverage

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , crime reporter

A PETITION attacking the BBC for being biased against the Green Party in its election coverage has attracted more than 45,000 signatures.

Alan Johnson, chairman of the Green Party in Bolton, is among the thousands to support the online petition which is called “BBC News: stop this media blackout of the Green Party”.

In particular, the party, which has one MP, was angry at the “disproportionate” coverage given to UKIP.

Mr Johnson attacked the corporation for including the Greens in the “others” category when displaying results.

But Joan Johnson, chairman of UKIP’s Bolton branch, said the coverage reflected UKIP’s growing momentum and accused the Greens of failing to capture the public imagination.

A BBC spokesman said its coverage had been consistent with guidelines on “fairness and impartiality”.

Mr Johnson said: “The Green Party actually beat the Lib Dems in the European elections by a considerable margin yet leading up to the elections there was disproportionate coverage given to UKIP and little to us.

“I’m totally disgusted we were classed with the ‘others’ by the BBC, given we pulled in 1.2 million votes.

“The BBC has certainly on this occasion not been fair with its coverage.

“The BBC must take notice — it is not fair on the British electorate as they are being denied a democratic debate.” The petition points out the Green Party has three MEPs, an MP in Caroline Lucas, which is currently one more than UKIP, and 162 local councillors.

After last month’s elections, it now forms the official opposition on councils in Liverpool, Solihull and Norwich.

UKIP, however, won the European Elections with a total of 24 MEPs and 27.49 per cent of the vote, while the Greens finished fourth with 7.87 per cent.

UKIP also won two councillors in Bolton, the party’s first in the town, and finished second in 13 other wards while the Greens still have no councillors here.

Mrs Johnson said: “I think it is fair to say UKIP did get a lot of coverage but I think that is because of the way momentum behind UKIP was growing.

“I think the Green Party is lagging behind in its popularity to be honest.

“I’m all for certain green issues but I don’t think it is a party that has captured the imagination and support of people generally. That is how I would see it.”

A BBC spokesman added: “Our coverage of all parties in the local and European elections has been proportionate and consistent with our guidelines on fairness and impartiality.”

You can see and sign the petition here.

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1:34pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Dolci Vita says...

The Green Party seem to be good at petitioning. Now they blast the BBC for it's so called bias against them.
My friends and I saw an alleged Green Party member collecting signatures for a petition 'Against UKIP' at the vote count, Bolton Arena, Thursday 22nd May. Surely not the right time or place for such an activity: the evening was open to the public to check the security and counting of votes. After complaints to the Police and Security the person was removed from the Arena.
Perhaps the Green Party would be more successful if they put the same effort into their campaigning rather than collecting signatures for petitions!
The Green Party seem to be good at petitioning. Now they blast the BBC for it's so called bias against them. My friends and I saw an alleged Green Party member collecting signatures for a petition 'Against UKIP' at the vote count, Bolton Arena, Thursday 22nd May. Surely not the right time or place for such an activity: the evening was open to the public to check the security and counting of votes. After complaints to the Police and Security the person was removed from the Arena. Perhaps the Green Party would be more successful if they put the same effort into their campaigning rather than collecting signatures for petitions! Dolci Vita
  • Score: 1

1:42pm Thu 5 Jun 14

MrUpton says...

"In particular, the party, which has one MP, was angry at the “disproportionate
coverage given to UKIP."

Try having a wash, they may let more of you on question time
"In particular, the party, which has one MP, was angry at the “disproportionate coverage given to UKIP." Try having a wash, they may let more of you on question time MrUpton
  • Score: 2

2:22pm Thu 5 Jun 14

RogerMooresEyebrow says...

The media have had a love-fest with UKIP without having pinned them down on other policies besides Europe and immigration. I asked my parents why they'd voted UKIP and they said "because immigration's out of control". They asked me why I'd voted Green, I said "because they're anti-zero hours contracts, anti-fracking, pro-workers rights, pro-equal pay for women and want renationalisation of rail and energy as well as a cap on bankers bonuses". They replied "Oh, I didn't know that".
That's the problem. People can vote for whoever or whatever they want as far as I'm concerned, but let's have fair, balanced and proportionate coverage. I don't believe that UKIP are racists and people are entitled to vote for them if they choose, but they have benefited from an X-Factor type media frenzy, to such a degree that a high number of working class people have voted for a party led by a wealthy, privately educated, ex-city stockbroker Thatcherite and think they are anti-establishment and pro-worker. The only credible anti-establishment political party in this country are the Greens, and if you join the dots and do the math etc, that's why they get so little media coverage in comparison. Before people vote, they should really have a good look at what parties actually stand for and make an informed choice. Unfortunately, a large percentage of people don't. They take what they're sold in the media and vote accordingly.
What most people forget is that 65% of the electorate didn't bother to vote at all in the recent elections. That in itself gives you a good idea about what people think about UK politics at the moment.
The media have had a love-fest with UKIP without having pinned them down on other policies besides Europe and immigration. I asked my parents why they'd voted UKIP and they said "because immigration's out of control". They asked me why I'd voted Green, I said "because they're anti-zero hours contracts, anti-fracking, pro-workers rights, pro-equal pay for women and want renationalisation of rail and energy as well as a cap on bankers bonuses". They replied "Oh, I didn't know that". That's the problem. People can vote for whoever or whatever they want as far as I'm concerned, but let's have fair, balanced and proportionate coverage. I don't believe that UKIP are racists and people are entitled to vote for them if they choose, but they have benefited from an X-Factor type media frenzy, to such a degree that a high number of working class people have voted for a party led by a wealthy, privately educated, ex-city stockbroker Thatcherite and think they are anti-establishment and pro-worker. The only credible anti-establishment political party in this country are the Greens, and if you join the dots and do the math etc, that's why they get so little media coverage in comparison. Before people vote, they should really have a good look at what parties actually stand for and make an informed choice. Unfortunately, a large percentage of people don't. They take what they're sold in the media and vote accordingly. What most people forget is that 65% of the electorate didn't bother to vote at all in the recent elections. That in itself gives you a good idea about what people think about UK politics at the moment. RogerMooresEyebrow
  • Score: 11

3:59pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Dolci Vita says...

Reply to RogerMooresEyebrow:

People don't know Green policies because 'the Greens' are all too busy raising petitions against the opposition and anyone else considered to be obstructing them.
Watch this space for UKIP policies later this year.
Reply to RogerMooresEyebrow: People don't know Green policies because 'the Greens' are all too busy raising petitions against the opposition and anyone else considered to be obstructing them. Watch this space for UKIP policies later this year. Dolci Vita
  • Score: -2

5:02pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Reality50 says...

The Green Party are Marxist loonies who support the EU and open door immigration. Their own leader Natalie Bennett isn't even British. Their whole existence is based on the so called man made climate change lie and scam.
The Green Party are Marxist loonies who support the EU and open door immigration. Their own leader Natalie Bennett isn't even British. Their whole existence is based on the so called man made climate change lie and scam. Reality50
  • Score: -2

5:07pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Reality50 says...

Another example of Green Party lunacy and hypocrisy is ex leader Caroline Lucas campaign against Page 3 models in The Sun and Daily Star,saying it is degrading to women while at the same time supporting the oppressive wearing of the burka in Islam saying its a woman's right to choose. Well Ms Lucas,it is also a woman's right to be a Page 3 model too if she's attractive enough.
Another example of Green Party lunacy and hypocrisy is ex leader Caroline Lucas campaign against Page 3 models in The Sun and Daily Star,saying it is degrading to women while at the same time supporting the oppressive wearing of the burka in Islam saying its a woman's right to choose. Well Ms Lucas,it is also a woman's right to be a Page 3 model too if she's attractive enough. Reality50
  • Score: -4

10:13pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Beyond News Forum says...

No people you get it wrong... Democracy = Who's got the most cash.

UKIP's rise saw the media try to vilify ever action, word and policy of UKIP because the big three are running scared, tails between legs.

I think the Greens have missed the point here... perhaps a couple of millionaire backers putting money in the right place will help... or kick up some kind of stink so that LieBore and ConDem elitist backers need to fork out to the media for a deflection campaign.
No people you get it wrong... Democracy = Who's got the most cash. UKIP's rise saw the media try to vilify ever action, word and policy of UKIP because the big three are running scared, tails between legs. I think the Greens have missed the point here... perhaps a couple of millionaire backers putting money in the right place will help... or kick up some kind of stink so that LieBore and ConDem elitist backers need to fork out to the media for a deflection campaign. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: -1

12:55pm Fri 6 Jun 14

cobblers7 says...

Dolci Vita wrote:
The Green Party seem to be good at petitioning. Now they blast the BBC for it's so called bias against them.
My friends and I saw an alleged Green Party member collecting signatures for a petition 'Against UKIP' at the vote count, Bolton Arena, Thursday 22nd May. Surely not the right time or place for such an activity: the evening was open to the public to check the security and counting of votes. After complaints to the Police and Security the person was removed from the Arena.
Perhaps the Green Party would be more successful if they put the same effort into their campaigning rather than collecting signatures for petitions!
You are mistaken.
I was also at the count, and am aware of the document to which you refer and the identity of the person collecting signatures.
I can state categorically that the person was NOT a member of the Green Party, or connected in any way with the Green Party.
[quote][p][bold]Dolci Vita[/bold] wrote: The Green Party seem to be good at petitioning. Now they blast the BBC for it's so called bias against them. My friends and I saw an alleged Green Party member collecting signatures for a petition 'Against UKIP' at the vote count, Bolton Arena, Thursday 22nd May. Surely not the right time or place for such an activity: the evening was open to the public to check the security and counting of votes. After complaints to the Police and Security the person was removed from the Arena. Perhaps the Green Party would be more successful if they put the same effort into their campaigning rather than collecting signatures for petitions![/p][/quote]You are mistaken. I was also at the count, and am aware of the document to which you refer and the identity of the person collecting signatures. I can state categorically that the person was NOT a member of the Green Party, or connected in any way with the Green Party. cobblers7
  • Score: 1

1:29pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Dolci Vita says...

To: Cobbblers7

Several people said it was a Green Party activist but apparently you know different...Tell me who it was and who he represented?
To: Cobbblers7 Several people said it was a Green Party activist but apparently you know different...Tell me who it was and who he represented? Dolci Vita
  • Score: -1

8:19pm Fri 6 Jun 14

cobblers7 says...

Dolci Vita wrote:
To: Cobbblers7

Several people said it was a Green Party activist but apparently you know different...Tell me who it was and who he represented?
I can only tell you that the person was invited as a guest by one of the other parties - NOT the Green Party.
Those who are claiming otherwise are mistaken.
[quote][p][bold]Dolci Vita[/bold] wrote: To: Cobbblers7 Several people said it was a Green Party activist but apparently you know different...Tell me who it was and who he represented?[/p][/quote]I can only tell you that the person was invited as a guest by one of the other parties - NOT the Green Party. Those who are claiming otherwise are mistaken. cobblers7
  • Score: 1

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