After some delays caused by a flood of complaints, the BBC have offered only one standard response to all complainants to ‘ensure we use our licence fee resources as efficiently.‘ Contempt.
I wrote these two complaints:
Their general purpose response only addressed the first but was sent for both. I’ll complain again about the second.
Here is the ‘response to the first:
That Marr was referring only to the first wave in the Spring when he said: ‘When you look at the data, isn’t the truth that Scotland has the third worst record in deaths from Coronavirus of any country in Europe in the first wave?‘ is correct. I missed that cunning qualification at the time but why did he say ‘has’ and not ‘had’ and why did he select that period to discuss the situation in November? Because the question was sneakily cast to trick the FM and to deceive the viewer.
The death rate over the whole pandemic is, in Scotland 19 723 per 1 million population and, in England, 28 758, much higher. Why was that evidence not used? Because it did not suit.
That weeks weeks 43 to 46 were the best and most up-to-data when the show was broadcast on the 29th November is a lie unless they mean ‘best for our agenda?’ This was conveniently the only period in the whole pandemic that suited their purpose. See:
That it was the most up-to-date is also a lie. The data on infection and death is released every 24 hours. They had 8 days, up the 28th, of ONS and NRS data showing the death rate in Scotland falling below that in England but chose not to use it.
As for the comment: ‘At no point did Andrew Marr suggest this data referred to the entire pandemic‘, this begs the question ‘Why did he not refer to the entire epidemic?‘ To do so would been more informative than cherry-picking to distort the picture.
And, ‘Viewers were clear that the programme referred to an assessment of the first wave earlier in the year before moving onto examine the most recent data available.’ Such arrogance.
I’d stopped complaining. It’s not good for your mental health. Mind you the mental health of those having to write back must surely be in grave danger.