Thursday, June 11, 2009

Silly figures from silly men

The recent local elections here in Ireland have brought with them a number of excessively silly figures being quoted from the opposition leaders. The most repeated, and foolish of these comments came from Enda Kenny...

I'm paraphrasing here, but he implied that as Fianna Fail had only secured 25% of the overall vote around the country- that therefore 75% of the population had shown - by their voting for others - that they had no confidence in the current governments ability to do their job...
At a first glance it might be easy to be taken in by this logic, beacuase if only a quarter voted for the incumbent government then the rest must be against them... right?

Well, Enda Kenny's party got a whopping 32% of the public vote, so by his same wonderful logic are 68% of the population against his party? To me this doesn't seem like too much more of a margin to be boasting about... but perhaps thats just me.

What made the situation even more farcical that Eamon Gilmore, leader of the Labour party also decided to use the same statistic, saying that 75% of the public hadn't voted for Fianna Fail, so they should therefore step down... Well Labour received 14% of the vote (4% less than random Independents) - 86% of the population didn't vote for them...

What I don't want deny is that the opposition party have clearly made large gains over the last few year, and probably rightly so, however the excessive usage of this utterly pointless statistic makes me worry for the general intellect of the class of people we have running/potentially running our country.

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