The Sunday Times has attempted to bury a survey it commissioned on wind farms after the results did not correspond with its editorial stance. A poll for the newspaper conducted by YouGov revealed that that 56% of those surveyed thought that the government should increase use of wind farms — but editors dumped all reference to the survey after they didn’t get the results they wanted.
The front page (£) and the leader column (£) of yesterday’s paper took a staunch anti-wind farm line, talking about “our reckless folly in erecting tens of thousands of wind turbines” and declaring that “For reasons of cost as well as aesthetics, we must avoid falling into that trap”.
Despite its absence from Sunday Times copy, the figures were published by YouGov owing to British Polling Council rules, which state:
“All polls commissioned by national or regional media organisations … must be published in full on the member’s web site within 2 working days of the original release.”
When asked to think “about the country’s future energy provision”, the full breakdown for wind power was as follows:
- More than at present: 56%
- Maintain at current levels: 15%
- Less than at present: 19%
- Not sure: 9%
Even amongst Conservative voters, there was a majority support for wind power.