Friday, April 10, 2015

BBC Excludes Green, Promotes UKIP (Again).

New ~ Monday morning:
Yo. I've just had a phone call to say that Charlie Partridge, Managing Editor of BBC Radio Lincolnshire, has changed his mind and invited Victoria Percival to the hustings in Boston after previously excluding the Green Party. He says that some of the many messages received were well reasoned. Thanks to all who helped win this little battle. And thanks to Charlie for listening to the voice of reason and having the good grace to change his mind.

Older ~ the day before yesterday: On May the 1st in Boston, Lincolnshire, there will be election hustings, organised by the BBC Radio Lincolnshire.

Here is an e-mail I have received from Charlie Partridge, Managing Editor of the station when I asked him to confirm reports that the Green Party is to be excluded.

Hi Biff,
Thanks for your email. It is indeed the case that our Boston Debate on Friday 1st May is going to be between the 4 main parties: Conservative, Labour, Lib Dem, and UKIP.
Our decision is based on previous electoral performance and evidence of support locally. Although the Greens will not be invited to take part in the debate itself, we will be contacting you in order to arrange an interview with you in the 3 hour election programme that the debate is part of.
I should point out that the Boston Debate is one of seven that BBC Radio Lincolnshire is promoting, and that the Greens will be included elsewhere.
I hope this makes our position clear.

Best
Charlie Partridge
Editor, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The event is jointly organised by the local newspaper, The Standard in which they announce the event, quoting the BBC thus:
Charlie Partridge, managing editor of BBC Radio Lincolnshire, commented: “I’m delighted we are able to link up with the Boston Standard and Skegness Standard to present this special debate.
“This is the most important election in a generation and the Boston and Skegness seat is not only being watched closely here in Lincolnshire but also nationally.
“It is crucial that we make it clearer for voters to understand and evaluate the differing policies of the parties and where the candidates stand on local issues.
“We hope this debate - just a week before the election - will help achieve this.”

And the reason why "the Boston and Skegness seat is not only being watched closely here in Lincolnshire but also nationally"?  It is, of course, because the media have made much of the issue of immigration and in Boston's case of people of east European origin.
I wrote about the matter a couple of weeks ago here.  
The Green Party's candidate, Victoria Percival, is the one candidate who has a positive message of welcome and support for our friends from eastern Europe, who is not calling for tighter immigration controls, who is not scapegoating the immigrant and who sees failure in service provision in her constituency as a failure of the current government and not something to be blamed on foreigners.
BBC manager Charlie Partidge says "It is crucial that we make it clearer for voters to understand and evaluate the differing policies of the parties and where the candidates stand on local issues."  But he is doing the exact opposite, only including those candidates who present one face of this local issue and silencing the voice of the one candidate who is working for the common good.

5 Comments:

Blogger Biff Vernon said...

Here's the email I just sent to BBC Radio Lincs:

Hi Charlie,

I am advised that BBC Look East and BBC Radio Cambridgeshire are affording the same opportunities to the Peterborough Green Party candidate as to the other candidates.

I am further advised that in view of the fact that the BBC is a single entity and must have consistent policies the policy of BBC Radio Lincolnshire is open to challenge.

Please let me know that you will change your position. The sooner done the better for all concerned.

Biff

1:38 pm  
Blogger Biff Vernon said...

And here's Charlie's reply:

Hi Biff,
I can make local editorial decisions, and I have done in this case, so ,no, we won’t be changing our position on this.

Best wishes

Charlie
From: Biff Vernon [mailto:biffvernon@gmail.com]
Sent: 10 April 2015 13:33
To: Charlie Partridge
Subject: Re: Boston Debate

2:01 pm  
Blogger Biff Vernon said...

Here's what I wrote to the Director of Blackfriars Theatre and Arts Centre:
Dear Mike Raymond,

I gather that Blackfriars Theatre and Arts Centre is to host an election hustings on the 1st of May. I have been informed by Charlie Partridge, Managing Editor at BBC Radio Lincolnshire, that the Green Party Parliamentary candidate, Victoria Percival, will not be invited.

I am advised that If not every political party or independent candidate is invited, the Electoral Commission may judge the event as a donation to those parties or candidates who were invited. If the cost is above £50 then it would need to be recorded by those candidates as a political donation. Because charities are not permitted to make donations to political parties, this may affect your charitable status.
Regards
Biff Vernon
Election Agent, East Lincolnshire Green Party

11:21 am  
Blogger Biff Vernon said...

Hold that!!! I've just had a phone call to say that Charlie Partridge has changed his mind and invited Victoria to the hustings. He says that some of the many messages received were well reasoned. Thanks to all who helped win this little battle.

11:35 am  
Blogger Elsdon Ward said...

The Green Party has need of people like you - thank you

10:36 am  

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