We’ve had the first skirmishes of the General Election – and there’s no clear winner or loser.
I’m not talking about Cameron or Miliband but the factcheckers who real-time checked each statistical utterance in tonight’s interviews with Jeremy Paxman and audience question and answer sessions.
These are the organisations getting involved that I spotted in my Twitter feed:
- Full Fact
- Channel 4 FactCheck
- The Mirror newspaper’s Ampp3d
- The Conversation UK
- The New Statesman’s May2015NS
As I saw it, they were all doing well. Full Fact and FactCheck, in particular, seemed to be going flat out … at one point absolutely neck and neck as this Twitter screengrab shows.
If you’re interested in following up these factchecks then you’ll find them at FactCheck: are you richer or poorer than five years ago and Full Fact: Four factchecks from the budget. It’s interesting to see that even factcheckers – without political battles to fight – can take slightly different approaches.
There are still six weeks till polling day on 7 May 2015. The outcome of the election may be uncertain. What does seem certain, though, is that this is going to be the most factchecked election ever!