This dude wants to get the voting figures for the last series of Strictly. He’s quite anxious about it:
Former North Cornwall MP, Lord Tyler, is engaged in a fierce exchange of letters with the BBC over the disclosure of the number of telephone votes in the controversial semi-final of Strictly Come Dancing.
The botched semi-final saw three, rather than two, couples progress to the finals last month and the incensed Lib Dem peer wants to find out exactly how many votes were cast for each competitor.
Right. The maths wasn’t hard to understand on the night, but whatever. Thing is, the BBC aren’t keen on releasing actual numbers, so as not to embarrass the participants1. Lord Tyler is unimpressed by this.
Tell you what, before you read on, try to guess what Lord Tyler thinks this is analogous to. Remember, this is the BBC not releasing phone-vote numbers, because people might be embarrassed. I’ll give you a clue: it’s not Hitler.
Had a go?
Lord Tyler said: “These are standards of transparency more resonant of Zimbabwe than of a democratic country with effective freedom of information rules. Even Mugabe eventually had to release voting figures once the election was over.”
Right. Good. I think someone needs a sandwich and a lie down. Weirdly, the guy’s TheyWorkForYou page has no indication of nutjobbery.
- which it would in this case, because I have concluded that every woman in the country hated Lisa Snowdon for Reasons That Are There And Very Important But Cannot Be Explained, despite her clearly being the best (I am extrapolating from a few (bizarre) conversations here). So her numbers would likely be very low. [↩]