Thursday, 22 May 2008

People power unplugged

Coming so soon after the news that various production companies had been trousering the cash fromdubious telephone votes - the Sock noticed with some disquiet the following announcement on the BBC Chelsea website...

The vote is closed due to a technical problem with the sound on some of the garden tours. We apologise to those of you who have taken the time to vote for your favourite garden - however we had to take this action in order to ensure that all gardens and their designers had a fair chance. We will be using our contingency plan and our expert panel will be selecting the final shortlist of four gardens. However the public will still be able to decide their favourite garden from the shortlist and we will be giving details of this on Friday.

Can anyone tell the Sock in what sense the selection of four gardens for the final shortlist is a "people's vote"?

The Sock hopes that the selection procedure will be open and honest and that the "People" are informed as to the process and the identity of the judges. This will confound rumours that the BBC took action after fears that the People's vote was going in favour of the Brian Harvey 'Ecstasy Garden'.

UPDATE: In a "piss-up/brewery" situation the BBC has now posted an announcement saying the situation is resolved and the vote will start again from scratch!! Many people may remain unaware that their votes cast earlier in the week now count for nothing!

1 comment:

The Black Finger Nail said...

Rumour has it that Ant & Dec judged the final 4 gardens. Two weeks ago....