October 10th, 2009

cartoon, sleeping

Who cares who was protesting?

I'm not particularly impressed with this BBC story on the events in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester today. For a start, they've given all readers a clear view of one side's banner, with a fairly appealing slogan (if you don't know much about the EDL), right at the top of the page.
Secondly, I'm not sure about the accuracy of their numbers. From what I could see of the EDL group (I'm short, but I was there a while and tried my best to get an overview of the situation) there were never more than 90 - 100 members. The BBC estimates 2000 "protesters" in total in the gardens, though whether they counted everyone or just people with placards, I don't know, but says the EDL were outnumbered 3 to 1. How?
Ok, so those are minor points and I could be wrong about the numbers. This mistake, on the other hand, is unarguably idiotic and someone deserves a slap for it. Defence? Democratic? Same difference, right?