Alice Pleasance Liddell new head of BBC Complaints department as it is moved Oxfordshire bunker

Reporting Scotland on the 7th February::

More than 50 000 people got their jab (sic) on Saturday. This is broadly in line with yesterday’s UK-wide number.

Then from Jamie McIvor, the nearly 53 000 was:

Roughly in line with a UK wide number.

Scotland vaccinated 9 718 per 1 million population compared to England’s 8 153 and the UK collective figure of 8 238 per 1 million.

By no stretch of the imagination is Scotland’s performance broadly or roughly in line. It’s 20% higher, and for the seventh day in a row.

I and others complained about the use of the terms ‘broadly in line’ and ‘roughly in line’.

Yesterday, these answers suggest someone is living in a parallel dimension or down a rabbit hole where words mean what they at the BBC say they mean:

The remark that the total figure for Saturday was “roughly in line with the UK as a whole” was an approximation designed to provide a little context to the number of vaccinations on Saturday – it followed debate and controversy earlier in the week about why headline rates in Scotland were substantially below the UK rate. The remark was not an attempt to precisely compare whether Scotland had done better or worse than the UK as a whole on Saturday – we are being told it is not a race between nations. Instead it was a conversational approximation to try to highlight the fact that Saturday’s figure was now not so different from the UK-wide figure as to be an issue of controversy or discussion. Day-to-day ratios will inevitably change and Scotland’s relative performance on a particular day will sometimes be better and sometimes worse.

A blog reader got this:

The remark that the total figure for Saturday was “roughly in line with the UK as a whole” was an approximation designed to provide a little context to the number of vaccinations on Saturday – it followed debate and controversy earlier in the week about why headline rates in Scotland were substantially below the UK rate. The remark was not an attempt to precisely compare whether Scotland had done better or worse than the UK as a whole on Saturday – we are being told it is not a race between nations. Instead it was a conversational approximation to try to highlight the fact that Saturday’s figure was now not so different from the UK-wide figure as to be an issue of controversy or discussion. Day-to-day ratios will inevitably change and Scotland’s relative performance on a particular day will sometimes be better and sometimes worse.

Words fail?

11 thoughts on “Alice Pleasance Liddell new head of BBC Complaints department as it is moved Oxfordshire bunker

  1. What a wonderfully creative construct, ‘conversational approximation’.
    When the UK numbers are significantly below those of Scotland, in the interests of balanced reporting, then it would be reasonable to expect this to be a cause for ‘controversy or discussion’.
    I can see John, that in order to be fully engaged in meaningful complaint you will have to improve your skills in linguistic prestidigitation.

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  2. Does this rival the most egregious response reported on this site? It must be up there.

    I marvel at the concept – the excuse – of ‘conversational approximation’. This was a news report based not on subjective evidence but on objective, precise official data. It was reported upon by professional ‘journalists’ employed by a very well resourced PUBLIC SERVICE broadcaster.

    And of course the reporting is by journalists in an organisation that certainly do NOT deploy ‘conversational approximations’ as a rule when reporting news with negative framing regarding Scotland’s government and institutions. Recall A&E waiting time targets?

    The response also states: “Day-to-day ratios will inevitably change and Scotland’s relative performance on a particular day will sometimes be better and sometimes worse.”

    However it implies but fails to add: ‘but we will only find it newsworthy when the relative performance is worse’!

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  3. Slightly off topic – following the Chancellor’s 1% cap on pay rises for NHS workers and the entirely justified outrage at this, the BBC has immediately reverted to type, with bodies such as the BMA and RCN no longer described as ‘LEADING doctors’ and ‘Nursing leaders’, but as UNIONS! Ergo baaaad!

    The ‘holding the country to ransom at a time of national crisis’ headlines will follow shortly … along with an even stronger condemnation by ‘Sir’ Rule Britannia Starmer.

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  4. Words don’t fail me though. This is simply yet more evidence that the BBC is dedicated to painting impressionist pictures, not reporting accurate information vital to the public interest. No surprise really, as the BBC is legally required to promote British nationalism, so is part of the coordinated effort to deny Scots access to international law and justice.

    THE MEDIA AS PARTICIPANTS IN THE
    INTERNATIONAL LEGAL PROCESS
    https://scholarship.law.duke.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1105&context=djcil

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  5. “A host of columbines and pathics
    Who show the poor by mathematics
    In their defence
    That wealth and poverty are merely
    Mental pictures so that clearly
    Every tramps a landlord really
    In mind events .”
    Auden was writing about the Oxbridge establishment there but it could equally apply to the BBC.

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  6. BBC cost £5Billion for nonsense. Westminster controlled propaganda. Not working any more. About time they got the door. They are not needed any more. The internet has taken over for better news and exchange of shared information.

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