Thursday, January 5

UKIP admit to rigging BBC poll

A BBC poll revealed this week has named EU Commission President Jose Barroso as the most powerful man in the UK.

Barroso, was voted the man with the most power over Britain in a Today Programme Listeners Poll on ‘Who Runs Britain’ following a debate on the programme with daily items presented over several weeks.

The poll, which saw Prime Minister Tony Blair trail home in seventh position behind the likes of media mogul, Rupert Murdoch and Tesco chief executive Sir Terry Leahy now appears to have been rigged by UKIP supporters.

UKIP and Daniel Hannan, the fiercely Eurosceptic Conservative MEP have both admitted to the Guardian that they separately sent emails encouraging supporters to vote for Mr Barroso.

UKIP's press officer in Brussels, Gawain Towler , said: "It would be a lie to say that people weren't encouraging each other - of course we were."

Mr Hannan said : "I had no idea Ukip were doing it. I was going to take sole credit for it. I heard the programme and thought why not tell people?"

UKIP leader, Roger Knapman who it seems was also in on the ploy sent a message of congratulation to UKIP supporters, telling the BBC:

"It is the only chance you'll get to vote for him [Barroso] or for that matter against him.

He is now a bureaucrat perceived as the most important man in this country and that is quite shocking."

In response to the result, former Europe Minister Dennis McShane MP said that it was "an urban myth" to suggest that Britain's laws were decided solely by Europe.

Source: Guardian, 5 January 2006


will said...

This one of the most fatuously absurd articles I have had the misfortune to read; even in a newspaper of such appallingly low quality as the Guardian.

Even on its own terms it does not make sense; some UKIP or Conservative opponents of the EU may have told each other about the vote. But the same is true of Labour; you could just as well say the Labour party tried to rig the vote because some of them advised each other to vote Blair.

S. said...

I totally agree with 'will' on this.

A fatuous story on an utterly pointless website; a stone waste of cyberspace.

I searched this site for spectaculars, scoops and revelations, and found petty-minded trivia, not worth the bones of a Pomeranian Grenadier.