A press release from Labour Friends of Eurovision*:
In a shock move, Liberal Democrat MPs have called for the BBC to consider withdrawing from the Eurovision Song Contest, labelling the competition a “joke”.
In an Early Day Motion, Lib Dem MPs Richard Younger-Ross and Colin Breed have called for the BBC to insist on voting changes or withdraw from the contest all together.
Whilst it is legitimate to have frustrations with Saturday’s result, clearly unilateral disengagement from the contest cannot be the answer.
Labour Friends of Eurovision calls for a progressive dialogue with the organisers of the contest, with a view to reforming from within, not refusing to engage.
* Eurovision is marvellous.
* Labour Friends of Eurovision is concerned that Eurovision is not as good as it used to be, but calls for the UK to promote progressive reform from within the song contest’s structures.
* Labour Friends of Eurovision would not support withdrawl from the song contest, or the removal of Terry Wogan of the BBC from commentary.
My own bet is that there are Lib Dem activists writing Focus newsletters in high Eurovision turnout areas, saying that they entirely support Eurovision with prominent pictures of Tony Blair and George Bush shaking hands.
* It’s a Facebook thing.