The United Kingdom Independence Party, or UKIP for short, enjoyed a surge in popularity ahead of Eurovision. In early May they managed to average 26% in county council polls, gaining 140 seats. The party wants Britain to retreat from Europe and leave the European Union, among other things.
Team Wiwi ain’t political, but we couldn’t help but notice that the party has said that if it ever becomes a governing party it will ban the United Kingdom from participating in the Eurovision Song Contest. They say that independence doesn’t merely mean having a country of only UK-born citizens. Apparently it involves eliminating all the ways that promote it to people and make them want to live in the United Kingdom from other countries. And unfortunately the Eurovision Song Contest is one of these ways.
A few years back, the Government were trying to get the BBC to give up its EBU funding of £173,000, but the BBC fought solemnly and won the fight to keep its funding. It’s as if the Governments have a hatred for the Eurovision – God knows why…
So, if UKIP were to be elected, do you think the BBC would battle for participation in the Eurovision Song Contest? Or do you think they’d accept matters and close up shop? This is totally hypothetical but fun nonetheless, especially given the corporation’s string of blunders in recent years. (See this one).
My personal opinion is that they’d fight for the participation – with 7,700,000 views on the 2013 contest, I doubt the BBC would give up ratings like that easily. In the interview after the fight, they said, “We will continue to support and enter the contest, as long as it gets the ratings.” In the last 5 years, it has gained an average of 800,000 views, from 2008, which received 7,100,000 views.
So… I want YOUR views! Let me know below!