The BBC filled more than half its election TV debate audience with left-leaning voters, some of whom were brought in from Scotland and Wales, it emerged last night.
The audience at the filming of Thursday night’s debate in Westminster repeatedly cheered calls for more public spending and strong defences of immigration.
When Ukip leader Nigel Farage interjected and said they were prejudiced, ‘even by the Left-wing standards of the BBC’, the audience only booed him further.
: When Ukip leader Nigel Farage said the audience was prejudiced, they only booed him further David Dimbleby, who hosted Thursday night’s debate between the Labour, Ukip, Green, SNP and Plaid Cymru leaders, pointed out that the audience had not been selected by the BBC, but by a ‘reputable polling organisation’, later to be revealed to be ICM.
The BBC initially refused to disclose the political make-up of the audience but eventually released figures late yesterday. Of the 200-strong audience, about 58 were Conservative or Ukip supporters while about 102 backed left-leaning parties – Labour, the Lib Dems, SNP, Plaid Cymru or the SNP. The rest – 40 – described themselves as undecided.
Well again Nigel got it right how sad we may see Government lead by a women who wishes to split the country,throw away our defences and put in place a left wing agenda and Miliband will have little choice after his party is wiped out in Scotland.