BBC refuses to include Green party in general election Tv leader debates

Photograph: Mark Kerrison Mark KerrisonDemotixCorbis The BBC has rejected a demand from the Green party to be included in the proposed Tv leader election debates, saying that it, unlike Ukip, has not demonstrated any substantial increase in assistance. The broadcasters have proposed 3 debates, 1 incorporating Ukip, the Liberal Democrats, Labour plus the Conservatives, a second involving the Lib Dems, Labour plus the Conservatives, & finally one between Ed Miliband & David Cameron. The Green Party was infuriated that they had been excluded and won support in online petitions. The BBC, in a letter to the Green party director of communications Penny Kemp, mentioned: Ukip has demonstrated a substantial grow in electoral support since 2014 across a range of elections coupled with a consistent & robust direction across a full range of opinion polls; the Green party has not demonstrated any comparable improve in assistance in either elections or opinion polls.

The efficiency in elections of the Greens in relation to the Liberal Democrats has been on the whole the result of the reduce in assistance for the latter as opposed to a fair increase in support for the Green party; opinion polls do not as but demonstrate that the Greens have drawn level with the Liberal Democrats. Even if they did, we would still, to be sure, be taking as our starting point the result of the 2010 general election, where the Lib Dems took more than 50 seats and 23 share of the vote, demonstrating a level of electoral assistance overall substantially ahead of the Green party. The letter goes on to express that the BBC will continue to keep any new evidence of increased support for the Green party under close review and that if the debate proposal is successful, the BBC would be providing appropriate opportunities to other political parties such as the Green party to make sure that the BBCs election coverage does satisfy the overarching obligation of due impartiality across Great Britain. Natalie Bennett, Green party leader, stated: The BBC in its reference to polling data for the Green party and the Liberal Democrats would appear to be concentrating too much on past performance rather than viewing existing interest in the Greens.

Leading pollster Peter Kellners recent piece, Ukip, the Greens and the new politics of protest, gives a more realistic picture of where the Greens are at the moment on the political landscape. We’re concerned over the statement beginning we would still be taking as our starting point the result of the 2010 general election. This demonstrates rather clearly how the BBC appears to be acting as a worrying brake on democratic modify; I think they are failing to grasp that the future of politics doesnt look like the past. In 2010 there was still a widespread belief that an economic recovery would see our economy & society continue much as before.

But more folks are recognising every day that the business as usual approach to economics, society, environment & politics is now untenable.

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