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How much store should one set by an opinion poll conducted in a one party state?

Not very much, in my reckoning, but herewith some results by a poll taken among Cubans by Gallup:

The key question (and I bet the pollees were looking over their shoulders)"The Gallup poll released Thursday showed that 47 percent of the Cubans polled approved the job performance of their leaders and 40 percent disapproved".

And the less perilous:

"Only one in four Cubans declared to be satisfied with their levels of personal freedom. By contrast, four out of every five Latin Americans said they were satisfied with their personal freedom."

"Only 42 percent of Cubans believed they could get ahead by working hard, far less than the 77 percent of Latin America who held that opinion".

"Cubans also seemed less happy than their Latin American peers, with 62 percent saying they laughed or smiled a lot, compared with 82 percent for the rest of the region".

Kiss the hand you cannot bite....
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Anonymous newmania said... 12:08 pm

The tearful brigade now claim that Iraq was better off as a one party state and we shoudln`t have meddled. I hope we recall this outbreak of reapolitik when the US is next obliged to support to expedient lesser evil.

I doubt they will  

Anonymous peter hitchens said... 1:09 pm

well look how happy we are, crowds of people cheering tony on begging for more, distraught that he is going.
I want to live in a bunker deep inside a swiss mountain with a huge pile of weaponry.
Good evening Mr Bond.

I like the swiss , plenty of guns and the throw asylum seekers into underground "detention centres" hence a distinct lack of people claiming asylum if switzerland.  

Anonymous peter hitchens said... 1:10 pm

I really do need to check before posting , i blame it on the gout  

Blogger Croydonian said... 1:31 pm

It would be remiss of me not to note that:

"Piero di Cosimo de' Medici was dubbed "Piero il Gottoso"; literally "Piero The Gouty".

More here  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 2:08 pm

C the cunty! (+:  

Blogger Croydonian said... 2:15 pm

Ok, 'tis a fairish cop. I believe gout is deeply painful, so I should not mock.  

Blogger Rigger Mortice said... 5:58 pm

bit like polling the brits on blue and zanu lab


Anonymous verity said... 10:38 pm

I had the gout once in a joint in my little finger and it was unbelievably painful. I asked the doctor how on earth I got gout, and he said it could come from drinking too much red wine. (Ahem. I was living in the south of France at the time.) It's a build-up of uric acid in a joint and it is torture. He told me to cut down on the red wine, so I switched to whisky, and to drink lots of water, which I did, and it did go away. But it was a very sharp, piercing, intense pain and lasted for about three weeks or a month.

You can own a gun, with a licence, in France. I tried not to be on the road to or from my village around 11 a.m. because that's the time a lot of them went out to shoot lunch.  

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