There is a sense of resignation from the BBC every year Eurovision comes around. They have accepted defeat. Graham once said that if the UK make it to be on the left hand side of the score board at the end of the night, it would count as a good thing.
The BBC have just resigned themselves to the UK will never win, but more so that the UK will do terrible each year. It has also got to the point that Ireland do not bother to vote for the UK, the days when your closest next door neighbour always votes for you are now gone in terms of the UK and Ireland.
Ireland did vote for the UK, If the irish public hadn't given the UK 3 points, the UK would have scored 0 in the public vote.
To be fair it was a terrible UK entry, but the Irish one was even worse, Ireland came last overall. It also got 3 points from UK public vote in it's semi final.
In both cases these were pity votes or good neighbours acknowledging the other.
The point here is that do we expect either the UK or Irish public to vote for rubbish acts? Or (as they seem to do in general) to vote for the best entry no matter where they come from. Is that not closer to the spirit of the competition?