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11.4.10

BBC Bias against Cornish Political Party

I'm glad it's not just me who feels that the BBC treats Mebyon Kernow unfairly: How to rig an election 1 from Cornish Zetetics.

For a party which out polled Labour in the EU elections and obtained more councillors on Cornwall Council than Labour, the Greens and UKIP do the BBC do justice to MK's hard work? Do the BBC serve Cornwall's democratic culture?

I'm sure the many thousands of MK voters and sympathisers -licence fee payers- would like to know why MK does not receive fair treatment from the BBC.

The Cornish Zetetics blog examines how BBC's Spotlight program seems, so far, to have a particular bias for the big London three, but the problem does not stop here. Equally of concern is the new Graham Smiths Cornwall blog whose author has gone out of his way to ignore or downplay Mebyon Kernow's potential whilst, alarmingly, drawing much attention to the BNP.

The next, but probably not last, example of BBC bias can be found here on their list of political parties standing in the 2010 election - Where They Stand: What the parties say on the big issues. Spot the missing party.

Below can be found a letter from the Celtic League Kernow branch to the BBC on this subject.

Mr Mark Thompson
Director General of the BBC
BBC Broadcasting House
London 10th April, 2010


Dear Mr Thompson


BBC Bias against Cornish Political Party


I take this opportunity to write wishing to draw your attention to the following article on the BBC News website: Click here.


In the list of Political Parties, nowehere do I see mention of Mebyon Kernow - The Party for Cornwall who are fielding six prospective parliamentary candidates in every Westminster constituency in the Duchy.


Within Cornwall, Mebyon Kernow is Cornwall's only exclusively National Party and, particularly following last year's impressive voting figures in both the Local Government and European Election ( More votes than Labour In the 2009 Euro Election) has proven itself to be and IS a mainstream party in Cornwall just as Plaid Cymru is in Wales and the SNP is in Scotland and warrants, under the terms of the BBC Royal Charter, BBC TV and Radio equal airtime on a par with that given to the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties.


Members of Mebyon Kernow now sit in Cornwall 's Unitary Authority and the Party's website is to be found here:


http://www.mebyonkernow.org/


Please treat this as a complaint and I look forward to the BBC correcting this oversight which one might believe was a deliberate attempt to airbrush away Cornwall 's distinctive political voting traditions and Party.


Yours sincerely


Scrvynvas - An Kesunyans Keltek Scoren Kernewek

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