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The art of understatement

From a eurobarometer poll on awareness of the Euro election next year:

"The level of “DK” replies, however, remains stable at 75%, which demonstrates that overall
European citizens are not particularly aware of this event".

We, naturally, are bottom of the class, with a derisory three per cent aware that they are next year. Luxembourg (fancy) is the class swot, with 43% saying 2009.

Mind you, the penners of this europrose really ought to write out 100o times, 'disinterested is NOT a synonym for uninterested', as it asks whether pollees are very / somewhat interested, very / somewhat disinterested or are one of the dreaded mouth-breathing 'don't knows'. Romania is teacher's pet with 65% interested, while we are underperformed by the Slovaks, Czechs and Latvians. At the risk of being priggish, one might hope that after all those decades under Nazi / Soviet rule they would value the franchise a little more. And rather disgustingly the authors refer to the election day as 'D Day'. Yes they do, on page 22.

As to how they will make their minds up, it is the Danes who are the apple polishers - 57% have as the deciding factor 'the position of the candidates' parties on European issues'. We have 28% giving that answer. The Slovaks and Cypriots lead the EU for shallowness, with 69% and 63% basing decisions on 'the personality of the candidates'. Excluding the wretched don't knows, lead decider for us is 'the positions of the candidates on national issues.' Notoriety of candidates is important for the Irish Republic, Latvia, Lithuania and Hungary, at 13%+. Quite the head scratcher that, but clearly reality TV 'stars', recently released career criminals, pr0n stars and the like can expect to impress in Munster South, Riga Mortis etc etc.


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Blogger Mr Eugenides said... 8:50 pm

Surely a "DK reply" to a Eurobarometer pollster would be, "f*ck off back to Brussels you f*cking c*nts before I stick a sharpened cockroach up your f*cking sph*ncter"?  



Blogger Croydonian said... 10:33 pm

Our mutual friend the P of D does have a certain way with profanity...  



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