The full extent to which the BBC and others ignored @UKLabour during #EUref…

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Just putting this here for discussion

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

  • stewrogers

    Well, can’t be said Cameron didn’t try…

  • Gopher

    Your not going to tell me the BBC was pro Brexit they were collectively in tears at the result. If the Labour party did not even try they would hardly get air time.

  • Katyusha

    Interesting. Mr Jeremy invisible-ambivalent-didn’t-try Corbyn was by some margin the most visible Labour voice.

    Where were the Labour IN campaign? All of those voices calling for a strong, unequivocal voice to remain in the EU, lambasting Corbyn for his lacklustre message and lack of media visibility. Did not one of them think to assume leadership of such a campaign? The fact that the only other two Labour voices listed are Gordon Brown (retired) and Gisella Stuart (OUT) suggests a serious ineffectiveness in any Labour Remain strategy. They were much better at grabbing media attention in the aftermath, though.

    Of course, the real story is that Brexit bears its roots in two phenomena: an internal spat within the Tory party, and the rise of Farage and UKIP on a wave of dejected right-wing populism. Viewed in this light, the media covered it appropriately. It’s just a shame the stakes were much higher than what either of those two issues deserved to gamble with.

  • the rich get richer

    Its better for Britain to be out of the EU . If the EU do not get the message that the 52% of Britons gave them then the whole rotten elite cartel may well come crashing down .

    Its the best thing that has happened in the EU for years. If the EU does not look after the interests of EU citizens then what is it about. It certainly has not being doing this for quite some time.

  • Reader

    Mick – what use is that table? Surely there has to be weighting by how many public appearances or statements these people actually made?
    “Referendum News: and now Jeremy Corbyn gets his mandatory 15 second sound bite, though this one’s about Cuba since he didn’t say anything about the EU today.”

  • Reader

    It’s as though you think they both started with a blank slate of parties full of undecided voters.
    And funny that you seem to think that Corbyn’s job was *only* to deliver labour voters, and Cameron’s job *only* to deliver Conservative voters.
    But actually, even in those terms, I suspect Cameron delivered an ‘IN’ change among Conservative voters, whereas Corbyn – with his immigration talking point – quite possibly delivered an ‘OUT’ change among Labour voters.

  • Brian Walker

    Simple measurements in this form do not reveal whether the impact of coverage supports the cause or not, e.g. the Corbyn effect which others have mentioned, Nor do they differentiate by slot and therefore reach and audience size, full version, clips and repeats . On the other hand Loughborough have set a real agenda.

  • chrisjones2

    And most of Corbyns appearances were focused on his internal problems

    Also Jezza’s Campaign Song wasn’t too inspiring

  • Chris

    Is the suggestion that Labour where ignored because they were not on message? It raises an interesting point, is the BBC role to report on each sides argument or is it there to hold a position? If the latter then should it be a state funded organisation? Some of the output post Brexit would suggest Auntie is not happy with the result.

  • Nevin

    Neil, I signed up for a Labour party briefing prior to UK election 2015. My first request for assistance from the Labour party came from Patrick Heneghan, Executive Director, Elections and Stakeholders, on June 21.

    We — Labour voters — hold the key to making sure we remain in Europe. The alternative would put Britain’s jobs, workers’ rights, the economy and the NHS at risk — and we’ll be stuck with the decision.

    There were also emails from Jeremy Corbyn and Alan Johnson on June 22. Such belated requests for assistance don’t illustrate any great enthusiasm for either argument.

    It’s the small efforts we all make that can have a huge collective impact.


    Jeremy Corbyn
    Leader of the Labour Party

    I think it’s fair to say that indeed Labour party efforts were exceedingly small.

  • mac tire

    Really? His challenger didn’t seem to agree.

  • Zig70

    I have absolutely no faith in the BBC news being impartial. It wasn’t on the Scottish referendum, shockingly anti Corbyn, completely sycophantic on the monarchy. It used to be slightly smelly left wing but seems this is one of Cameron’s successes. It’s little better than the n. Korea TV that it loves to look down on.

  • aquifer

    52% of appearances for out, 48% for in, just like the result !

    Nice work, the Brexit Broadcasting Corporation.

  • The fundamental problem with the media coverage is that serious issues are covered as though they were merely a competition between rival factions, rather than decisions that affect the whole country, and about which truth claims are being made and arguments advanced which should be treated and subjected to scrutiny.