BBC often criticised for apparent selectivity in political street interviews – but north-east local station piece tells very different story from usual
The BBC is often rightly attacked for clearly-skewed selectivity when it comes to the members of the public it shows in Vox Pops – supposedly candid and random short interviews with members of the public, usually on political topics.
If the topic at all involves Jeremy Corbyn or the government, those shown will almost invariably be against the former and for the latter, usually in the strongest terms.
But local BBC stations can often be very different – and on Wednesday BBC Newcastle went to the former mining town of Ashington, to ask residents for their views on Boris Johnson after the Tory PM was found by the Supreme Court to have acted unlawfully, telling the Queen he needed to suspend Parliament when the court said he had no reason, let alone a good one.
The results were illuminating – and very different from what the national BBC often presents. Not a single person interviewed in this overwhelmingly leave-voting town spoke positively about Johnson – and some had lost a previous soft spot for the supposedly-affable Tory:
For those with difficulty hearing – or understanding the north-east accents – a version with subtitles is below:
The Establishment wants us to believe that Boris Johnson’s behaviour endears him to working-class leave voters – but in Ashington at least, they’re not fooled.
They see right through him.
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