Thursday, November 23, 2006

Strange YouGov poll results


First poll:

YouGov poll, The Herald, 23 November 2006:

Constituency candidate vote

SNP (Scottish National Party) 36%

Labour 29%

Liberal Democrats 16%

Conservatives 14%

YouGov poll, Daily Telegraph, 23 November 2006:

Http:// (the poll appears in the print edition in Scotland, but not on the website)

Constituency candidate vote

SNP 32%

Labour 32%

Which poll do you believe?


David Leigh wrote about 'Britain’s security services and journalists: the secret story' in the British Journalism ReviewVol. 11, No. 2, 2000, pages 21-26.

According to Leigh: "British journalists – and British journals – are being manipulated by the secret intelligence agencies."

Leigh gave us an example from 1995 when the Sunday Telegraph published a story about the son of Col Gadafy of Libya and his alleged connection to a currency counterfeiting plan.

According to Leigh: "The story was written by Con Coughlin, the paper’s then chief foreign correspondent, and it was falsely attributed to a 'British banking official'. In fact, it had been given to him by officers of MI6, who, it transpired, had been supplying Coughlin with material for years."

Robin Ramsay, in the late 1990s, wrote: "The Sunday Times was a serious, respectable newspaper until Andrew Neil became its editor in the mid-1980s and turned it into a mouth-piece for MI5 and the MOD to run their rubbish through. The Sunday Telegraph shows all the signs of going down the same dangerous path." aangirfan: MI5 and MI6



Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a perfectly reasonable answer to the YouGov poll results: they were asking slightly different questions.Peter Kellner explained it in the Scotsman last week: embarrassed that the same sample had been used to fund two different polls.

10:06 AM  

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