Guess, just guess

This article was amended on 11 June 2015 to correct the deficit percentage figure from 80% to 5%.

Deficit, national debt, who cares?

GlenDorran in the comments was the alerter

6 thoughts on “Guess, just guess”

  1. I am more troubled by the photoshopped headshot of Polly than her reputation for accuracy. The head part is taken from the same photo that can be seen here on the Humanist Society Scotland website. The shoulders aren’t. This leaves a distinct change in skin tone across her neck.

  2. @ Gareth
    Interesting website
    “Darwin’s Rottweiler”, Richard Dawkins is an evolutionary biologist and popular science writer who holds the Charles Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford.” No he doesn’t Marcus de Sautoy has held that chair since 2008.
    “The originator of the Gaia theory, Professor James Lovelock” which he originated 22 years after Professor asimov published “Second Foundation”

  3. Bloke in Costa Rica

    The poor old trout has looked like a cake left out in the rain for as long as I can remember, but the thing that really gives me the hump is that hangdog, long-suffering expression she always has, like she’s walked in on you doing something beastly but has the forbearance not to say anything.

    Then of course, there’s this bit of hyperbole: “[…]he is chaining himself to a ruthless low-tax and low-spending regime that forces a colossal shrinkage in the state, back to pre-war, pre-welfare state levels.” Which war? The invasion of Iraq? If we could get back to 2002 levels of spending it would be great, but I’ll believe it when I see it. I suppose, given that the Welfare State started in earnest under Lloyd-George, she means the Great War. Unlike her, most of us can’t remember that far back.

  4. I used to read the fact-checking Pollyanna website.

    After a few weeks, I gained the impression that Polly is a socialist Barbara Cartland, phoning in her demented warblings after three or five pre-lunch Pinots. Her five secretaries then spend an hour or so typing it up. They email her the copy but she can’t see it on her iPhone without putting on the specs, which she won’t do in The Ivy. It would be a bit useless anyway, as by this time she’s on her fifth post-lunch Calvados.

    Then Rusbridger prints it and waits for the two or three objective readers (or pendants, as they may be) to point out the errors.

    Corrections which are needed to stop the article being ludicrous are made online immediately and five years later in the print version.

    Well, at least the story fits the observable facts.

  5. Every time I see her face I think of Lady Mary from Porterhouse Blue. The same upper middle class ‘liberalism’ thinly veiling a deep contempt for those below her, and the absolute belief that she is right and any who disagree with her are wrong and, of course, evil.

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