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The perils of not rigging votes by television viewers

Who might rate as the greatest Portuguese of all time? Henry the Navigator? Vasco da Gama, Magellan, or my nominee, whoever first created port?

However, given the choice, the Portuguese rose en masse and voted for Salazar. If not exactly a fascist, a dictator certainly. Further details at El País.

The Germans rigged their event to exclude characters from the Third Reich, and - I think - from the Sozialistische Einheitspartei Deutschlands. They ended up choosing Adenauer, the French De Gaulle, the Dutch Pim Fortuyn, the Americans Reagan. The Belgians had a split contest and the Walloons chose Jacques Brel and the Flemish Father Damien. Not someone I've heard of.... We got it right and chose Churchill, so sometimes vox populi is vox dei, so to speak.

Further national greats findable here.

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Blogger Mr Eugenides said... 12:40 pm

I laughed out loud when I saw this in the Indy. They must really be struggling.

I notice that an old Communist came second - presumably the "stop Salazar" candidate. All very amusing.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 1:08 pm

Mr E - you are a brave man if you can cope with the Indy and The Grauniad on the same day. If I read both I think I would have to be sedated.  



Anonymous this guy said... 3:36 pm

Salazar's Estado Novo was definitely an attempt at a corporate state. I.e. fascist.

D'you the Brits didn't vote for either Mr OR Mrs Beckham?!

Interesting result in le vieux Quebec, nesspa? Seems it's their 1st minority regime since 1878.  



Blogger gitanodemurcia said... 9:11 pm

Mr Sanchez will find it hard to seat when he reads your post.  



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