The problem with strong British Isles accents is that many people don’t like certain accents and that can be extended overseas to Antipodaean, parts of the U.S. and so on – there’s great sensitivity to accents – to be a Scouser, Brummie or Geordie sees you being looked down upon.
Yet RP is too plummy for many. Laura Towler gets this the whole time, so the idea of her in the street surveying people in, say, Mancland, is mildly amusing. I happen to like her brogue and find her pleasant, some may not.
She says they did not influence the results and to be fair, the questions asked were reasonable but the very asking of those questions, in that way, were biased to begin with IMHO. It’s impossible to keep bias entirely out.
I do not say that disparagingly as I happen to agree with her stance and the thrust of the survey. It’s just that I can’t see the survey itself as entirely unbiased. For example, they asked in cities. How about asking in villages and drug-addled seaside resorts?
She says they asked anyone and then discounted non-white British which, in terms of the target demographic, was fair enough, whilst complying with the law in sample selection.
The results were so strongly one way on some questions that it does need to be considered and a GE where TBP is opposed to the Tories will be an interesting one, though heavily influenced by Tory incumbency and Johnson’s charm offensive in pretending he is pushing Brexit, not Remain.
There it is.