In fact, it was a swizz. To test the system, I rang nine times in the two minutes given to register a "yes" vote (although I would not normally participate in such a "voodoo" poll). Each time the line was engaged. A Daily Telegraph correspondent suggested that it was a BBC plot to show movement. Being a believer more in the cock-up than the conspiracy theory, I think it was just an inept exercise.
I recall an earlier correspondent of the London Evening Standard commenting on a similar phone-in poll, he said he was so pleased that his side won: he had voted 157 times himself.
Robert M Worcester
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