Swingometer | Remembering election nights with the pollster's favourite pendulum

McKenzie's Lore

The king of the swingometer remembered by friends, colleagues, politicians and pundits.

CHANNEL | BBC 2

FIRST BROADCAST | 12 May 1987

DURATION | 35 minutes 44 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1987

Synopsis

From his first appearance with the fabled swingometer in 1959 to his last in 1979, it was Robert McKenzie who often became the focal point for BBC election night coverage. The urbane and witty Canadian broadcaster is remembered here by colleagues David Dimbleby and Robin Day, fellow psephologist and statistical sparring partner David Butler and politicians including Tony Benn and former Prime Minister Harold Macmillan.

Did you know?

Robert McKenzie's day job was Professor of Sociology and later Chairman of the Department of Sociology at the London School of Economics, where he had been a lecturer since 1949. Pictured: McKenzie with his swingometer.

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