STV Debate Unionist Fit-Up 69


It feels its like the referendum all over again. The STV debate had a very peculiar audience, where the Labour and Tory all join together warmly to applaud unionist points, and Jim Murphy got an enthusiastic round of applause before he even started speaking.

I wondered how on earth they got an audience so completely unrepresentative of Scottish opinion, and the answer was not hard to find. The audience has been selected “based both on current opinion polls and the last general election result.”

Not the Holyrood election, not the referendum, but an election five years ago where about 75% of the electorate voted for the Unionist parties, and where the Labour Party was polling twice as well as it is now. On top of which, STV do not reveal what relative weighting they have given to the last general election and to recent opinion polls. It certainly looks like the greatest weight was placed on the last election result.

So we have a stitch-up where Nicola is responding to an audience completely unrepresentative of Scottish opinion today, and where unionism, Labour and the Lib Dems are all vastly over-represented. Do not think this is accidental.


69 thoughts on “STV Debate Unionist Fit-Up

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  • steve

    The true electorate will speak with their votes at the referendum and have they never learned anything regarding their hashed fit-ups against Nicola now. It has already led to over 105000 members and rising with every passing day, The electorate have now seen enough and can smell a lie from far off. Don’t take my word for it, just watch the results coming in at the GE, not long now, Saor Alba

  • doug scorgie

    Kempe
    7 Apr, 2015 – 9:46 pm

    “Well I’m sure you’d all prefer Ms Sturgeon to be faced with an audience entirely made up of nationalists…”
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    Not so Kempe but an audience comprising 55% of NO voters and 45% of Yes voters from the 2014 referendum would have been much more representative would it not?

  • doug scorgie

    Habbabkuk (la vita è bella)
    7 Apr, 2015 – 11:02 pm

    “Nice posts from Clive Watkins and Jamie (above) which, between them, seem to sum up the situation on the thread and in the real world rather well.”
    “It is always good to see sanity break out.”
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    Nothing of your own to add Habbabkuk?

  • doug scorgie

    Fred
    8 Apr, 2015 – 12:42 am

    “…You don’t know the Scots Nationalists. When it comes to accusing people of bias they are the experts.”
    “There isn’t a polling outfit in the world they couldn’t accuse of bias.”
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    Can you back up those statements Fred?

    I won’t hold my breath.

  • john marr

    I recently applied to be in the audience for the BBC radio Scotland debate to be held in Galashiels,I got a response e,mail asking me questions about my political prefferances ,I answered all the questions saying I was a SNP member and that’s how I intend to vote,at the end you click on “submit” …low and behold my application came back as “undeliverable” even although I used the link sent to me by the BBC . Stitch up !!!

  • Mary

    My head hurts! All that shouting and speaking over each other combined with the acoustics of Elphinstone Hall were too much. Are we any the wiser?

  • Parky

    @ John Marr, you could have tried it again saying you were a loyal Labour voter and see if it would be accepted. I would think it was more a problem with the web-site than censorship. Just watched the Scottish debate, maybe more heat than light. I thought there was going to be a fist fight towards the end of it.

  • doug scorgie

    Fred
    8 Apr, 2015 – 11:27 am

    “I remember loads of polls before the referendum with by far the vast majority saying the Nationalists would lose. I remember the bookmakers odds saying the Nationalists would lose. I remember polls being taken immediately after the referendum which confirmed the Nationalists lost.”
    “Yet there are still a load of Nationalists claiming the referendum was fixed.”
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    That is a classic non-sequitur Fred.

    Perhaps logic is not your strong point?

  • Joan Edington

    You took the words right out of my mouth Craig. It was so bad that I couldn’t face the BBC one last night.

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