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So, do the Finns have fine governments, or are they just gullible?

Yet another Eurobarometer poll, on trust in institutions and the like, with far and away the most interesting findings buried in the appendices.

Firstly, dear old Blighty - we distrust our councils least. Asked 'do you trust your council, government, the EU, the figures for trust ran 47%, 29%, 25%. Note that the questions refer to the institutions rather than the particular political complexion of the moment. As to distrust, 48% for councils, 67 for the Government and 57% for the EU. While one in twenty grunted out a 'don't know' for the first two, a rather unnerving 18% could not make their minds up about the EU. Hmm.

Anyway, Finland would appear to be blessed with good governance or a thoroughly pliant citizenry in that 68% trust government, as do 66% of the Dutch and 65% of Cypriots. The EU 27 averages 34% trust. Ours is the second lowest of those countries with 50 years or more of democracy, ahead of Italy at 26%. Bottom of the heap for trust are Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary and Bulgaria at 16% (first three) and 15%. Greeks, take a bow - all of you had an opinion, with no 'don't knows'. Conversely, 13% of the Maltese found the question too difficult.

And here's a chart that would benefit from a double click:



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Blogger Nick Drew said... 9:48 pm

OT, this is back to your DECC item

story is, their first attempt at a logo - costing the usual £££ - was something involving a square hovering abstractedly over the name of the Department

then someone had a look at the DEC's logo ...

am trying to obtain draft of the DECC abortion  



Blogger Tiresias said... 2:05 pm

I would cautiously attribute the concentration of Scandanavian countries at the left to their culture of taciturnity and Jantelagen.

Estonian joke (recollected from Kirsty Wark's grand tour of the accession states).

Scene: Father and son sitting on a log in a forest clearing.

Father: Look at that dog.

An hour passes in total silence.

Son: It was not a dog. It was a fox.

An hour passes in total silence.

Father: My son, do not be so argumentative.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 2:26 pm

Like it.

There was an FO joke about the Baltic Trio pre-war being stolid, squalid or sordid, but I cannot recall which was which.  



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