Because 20% of any population are thick as pigshitNovember 24, 2015 Tim WorstallNewspaper Watch37 CommentsPoints in the Telegraph we can answer: Enough sneering at Labour. Let’s ask why many grown adults still back Jeremy Corbyn previousWhat confidence!nextSpecial Relativity was created by the Swiss Patent Office 37 thoughts on “Because 20% of any population are thick as pigshit” Ljh November 24, 2015 at 4:04 pm Some intelligent people are delusional. davy November 24, 2015 at 4:08 pm Richard Nixon once said that no matter how bad things got 18% of people would still vote for you. ken November 24, 2015 at 4:34 pm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opinion_polling_for_the_French_presidential_election,_2017 Hollande managed to get down to 13% in polling. theoldgreenfascist November 24, 2015 at 4:52 pm Why do about 15 people think you are the Messiah Tim? Mr Ecks November 24, 2015 at 5:04 pm Oldgreensocialist: You win stupid leftist question of the decade. The prize is a lifetime supply of Venezuelan luxury toilet paper. PF November 24, 2015 at 5:25 pm togf – What on earth has Tim got to do with it. He’s just the absent landlord who chucks some fresh* scraps in once a day… * if we’re lucky sackcloth and ashes November 24, 2015 at 5:40 pm ‘Why do about 15 people think you are the Messiah Tim?’ He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy. Runcie Balspune November 24, 2015 at 5:43 pm The simple answer is his age. Worth pushing an ideology scraped up from the dustbin of history because he’s not likely to get in and you’ll never have to justify your grand and inevitable failure. If on the off-chance he does win then he’ll only last one term and not have enough time to really f*ck things up, again you’ll not have to pay the consequence. Despite undergoing the monumental effort of climbing Mount Abbot in his youth, it wont prepare for an election campaign when you’re not far off 80. He’s a one-term duck so you may as well go for broke. Salamander November 24, 2015 at 6:02 pm @Runcie How does Mount Abbot compare to the north face of the Eiger? Or K2? PF November 24, 2015 at 6:15 pm Salamander I don’t believe K2 has ever been conquered solo… abacab November 24, 2015 at 6:54 pm I’d like to conquer K3 solo. Particularly the previous lineup: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K3_(band) NielsR November 24, 2015 at 7:59 pm @abacab – just make sure that they don’t sing, under any circumstances. Bloody awful language for music. Theophrastus November 24, 2015 at 8:21 pm “How does Mount Abbot compare to the north face of the Eiger?” Devoid of natural beauty, Mount Abbott is darker, warmer but more slippery. diogenes November 24, 2015 at 8:38 pm Bloody deep crevasses as well diogenes November 24, 2015 at 8:40 pm The interesting thing is that Corbyn can only be a stop gap unless the PLP adopts the geronto – socialist style of USSR and China bloke in spain November 24, 2015 at 9:13 pm They don’t have to be as thick as pigshit? If you don’t have a lot invested in the status quo, Corbyn looks an entirely reasonable alternative. Compared with the current incumbents, almost anything’s a reasonable alternative. diogenes November 24, 2015 at 9:31 pm It’s just a protest vote. He has given very few indications of how he will lead his party, other than by show trials. Matthew L November 24, 2015 at 9:39 pm Maybe they’re looking at the other candidates for running Labour. Corbyn, the vote of despair. Ironman November 24, 2015 at 10:06 pm Poor Jeremy, he didn’t realise Mount Diane was a name; not an instruction from the local soviet. Bloke no Longer in Austruia November 24, 2015 at 10:32 pm Considering that most of my teachers and lecturers from the ’80s would be Corbynites, I reckon that extrapolating across the rest of the ejikashun and local government sectors, 20% ought to be a doddle. Bloke with a Boat November 24, 2015 at 10:38 pm What % of the electorate work directly for the State? If 20% the he really is fucking up. Bloke with a Boat November 24, 2015 at 10:42 pm iPhone fail. If 20% then he’s really fucked up. Bloke with a Boat November 24, 2015 at 10:43 pm Ok I give up for now sackcloth and ashes November 24, 2015 at 11:30 pm ‘Poor Jeremy, he didn’t realise Mount Diane was a name; not an instruction from the local soviet’. I am so glad I wasn’t drinking anything when I read that. Jim November 25, 2015 at 12:24 am More to the point a not insignificant % of the population get their kicks from having power over other people and ordering them around. Scratch any hard line socialist and you’ll find someone who would happily patrol the ‘re-education’ camp fences with a machine gun, and shoot those trying to escape. Most have aspirations further up the blood stained socialist power ladder of course, but any position of power will do them. Its what gets them off. Dongguan John November 25, 2015 at 6:32 am 20% is about 1/2 a standard deviation in normal distribution which is apparently 15 on an IQ bell curve. So that’s 20% of population with an IQ less than 92.5. Is an IQ of 92 pigshit thick? KJ November 25, 2015 at 10:42 am Funny, I would’ve thought the core tory vote was a little higher than 20% KJ November 25, 2015 at 10:46 am Far be it from me but perhaps the grown ups see that Corbyn does grown up politics as opposed to the sneering grandstanding petty point-scoring bullshit of Cameron. BraveFart November 25, 2015 at 10:58 am According to folklore, actor James Woods has an IQ of 180. Lord T November 25, 2015 at 1:33 pm Well remember that the average IQ is 100 and we just have to work on the distribution going down to work out where the 20% is. Makes sense to me that 20% want socialist policies, especially at the lower end of the IQ scale. diogenes November 25, 2015 at 2:02 pm Is virtue signalling a sign of grown up politics? Mr Ecks November 25, 2015 at 2:26 pm Grown up politics? Corbyn is an scumbag and a brazen arse-kissing admirer of socialist tyranny. The disdain he radiates isn’t a sign of anything “grown-up” with the exception of well-matured evil. MC November 25, 2015 at 3:14 pm “perhaps the grown ups see that Corbyn does grown up politics” I’ve not seen ‘grown ups’ used as a euphemism for ‘abject fucking halfwits’ before. DevonChap November 25, 2015 at 3:33 pm Surely the sign of a grown up is that you have developed and ceased to be a child. Since Mr Corbyn, along with George Monbiot, is proud that he hasn’t changed his mind about anything since he was a teenager, it is hard to call him a grown up. Supporters of Corbyn aren’t stupid, lots have high education and many have jobs that require technical grasp of complex subjects. But they lack understanding of their lack of knowledge of areas outside their expertise and think they are smarter than everyone else. Ignorant and arrogant at the same time. john77 November 25, 2015 at 3:40 pm @ BraveFart In that case, why didn’t he graduate from MIT before swanning off to be an actor? With an IQ of 180, he should have finished a MIT course in two years (or done one concurrently with acting). Social Justice Warrior November 25, 2015 at 4:34 pm I’m not a member of the Labour Party, but perhaps I can offer a more nuanced explanation of the poll findings. First, the actual question on the poll was “Do you think that Jeremy Corbyn is doing well or badly as leader of the Labour party?” with answers “Very well”, “Fairly well”, “Fairly badly”, “Very badly”. My answer would be “so-so”, and that wasn’t an option, so I might have chosen “Fairly well”. Second, Labour party members are likely to be unimpressed by most of the Telegraph’s charges against Corbyn. The stuff about the Cenotaph and the Privy Council is just media BS. Trident? Meh. Shoot-to-kill? Not well handled from a PR perspective, but actually the security forces have shot dead one suspected terrorist in the UK in the last ten years or so, and he was an innocent Brazilian electrician. Economics? It’s intellectually coherent to want the Labour party to oppose “media macro” – see Simon Wren-Lewis or Chris Dillow. Third, what do Labour Party members actually want from the party leader? Winning general elections is fun, but they didn’t enjoy the last years of Blair, or any of Brown. For now a lot of them would settle for a leader who shifts the Overton window leftwards – they’re looking for statesmanship from Corbyn to about the extend UKIP wants it from Farage. Which is not much. Things were different when the Trades Unions and MPs had most of the votes for leader – their priority was winning. Bloke in Wales November 25, 2015 at 7:40 pm First, the actual question on the poll was “Do you think that Jeremy Corbyn is doing well or badly as leader of the Labour party?” with answers “Very well”, “Fairly well”, “Fairly badly”, “Very badly”. My answer would be “so-so”, and that wasn’t an option, so I might have chosen “Fairly well”. I’d have chosen “Very well’, on the grounds that he’s doing a brilliant job of saving the country from being fucked up again by another Labour government any time soon. I’m not a member of the Labour Party Strangely enough, neither am I 🙂 Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.