The BBC can’t keep score

On the May 5th 2018 the BBC posted on Twitter their view of the results for the 2018 Local Elections.

They claim that there is “No clear winner in final election result”. This interpretation completely contradicts the results posted on their own election results page. With all 150 of 150 councils declared Labour have 2350 councillors. Labour took 1018 more council seats than the Conservative with 1332.

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I think the BBC News team need to reassess their understanding of what winning looks like. I suggest they take a look at the film Glengarry Glen Ross to get a better idea.

Written by David Mamet and directed James Foley, Glengarry Glen Ross is set in the world of real-estate salesmen. It is a treatise on masculinity, the nature of capitalism and most of all keeping score. The idea is laid out very simply at the beginning of the film. One of the characters (Blake) tells his subordinates “The fellow with the highest sales… wins first place.” “First prize is a Cadillac Eldorado.” Later in the film, at the top of page 67 one of the salesmen (Roma) tells the office manager (Williamson), “I’m over the fucking top and you owe me a Cadillac”. Roma gets it. I get it. Why can’t the BBC get it?You get the highest score you win.

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Look at the results again. One party very clearly gets more than the other. There was a very clear winner. Labour with 2350 councillors.

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The BBC has been accused of bias on many occasions. They have always managed to play the wounded dog attacked from both sides. The “no clear winner” headline is not reporting the news it is editorialising the news and exposes a clear bias towards the Conservative Party. So for the wilfully blind “reporters” of the BBC, Labour got more councillors than the Conservatives and “‘Cause this how we keep score”, Labour very clearly won.

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