The Kent Online poll was running throughout BBCQT. Early, it had well over 50% pro-Brand but after the show concluded, it swung right back the other way, as you see in the graph. Interesting. Organized trolling early? That blue rinse woman on the show was the Socialist anti-Farage campaign leader in Thanet South [we’re she does not live]. Not Labour per se but Marxist, like Brand.
Why give any space to last night’s egregious talkfest, the new Jeremy Kyle as some pundits put it? Why would this be of interest to anyone outside of Britain?
The first reason is that it was obviously watched by many and almost every daily this morning carries it high on the page – or did earlier in the online edition.
I went around the Mail, Times, Independent, Express, Sun, Mirror, Reuters, Guardian and Breitbart to gauge reaction.
The combined leftwing and Tory press – Times, Independent, Mirror and Guardian ran with ‘pound shop Enoch’ and the comments in the Guardian were amazing – despite the Kent poll, Farage was mentioned by one person on page 4 – he apparently ‘made some good points’. The rest naturally bashed Faage but did not extol Brand. Instead they gave it to Cavendish.
The Express was neutral up front, Reuters and the Sun did not cover it. Breitbart, the UKIP outlet, was predictably pro Farage but more anti-Brand, as I’ve been.
What was pointedly apparent at the Mail is just how far its journos and editors are at odds with its readership. It’s weird – the paper predictably hitting on Farage, reducing him to the level of Brand and the readers below almost completely saying the opposite – and yet the Mail continues its Times-like hatchet job, despite its reader base.
That says it all about the printed and online press we’re served by and then we get to the Beeb. One theme in comments at all outlets was just how bad Dimbleby’s programme was, how far it has sunk.