Polly Toynbee and economics exams

The old joke about economics exams is that the questions remain the same decade after decade, it’s the acceptable answers that change. Polly Toynbee demonstrates the opposite:

An electoral stamp of approval for the Tories risks dishonesty becoming the new normal
Polly Toynbee

The answer is always the same, don’t vote Tory. It’s just the reason – whatever will resonate – that changes from election to election.

15 thoughts on “Polly Toynbee and economics exams”

  1. Rupert Neate, the Wealth Correspondent at the same paper, is also busy demonstrating the intellectual credentials required to work there

  2. I want to see the Labour Party destroyed.

    After that there will be a natural split into Whigs and Tories, as God intended.

  3. “The Labour Party destroyed”

    However much a chancer you believe Boris to be, and despite the incessant anti-Tory media onslaught, the superior Labour ground campaign, Labour are struggling to persuade Hartlepool voters to trust the party enough to actually vote for them – internal poling suggests that barely 40pct of Labour supporters will make the effort.

  4. 1942: “We need to give the government more control, because Jews and gypsies”
    1955: “We need to give the government more control, because black people”
    1957: “We need to give the government more control, because communists”
    1965: “We need to give the government more control, because Vietnam”
    1970: “We need to give the government more control, because hippies and weed”
    1983: “We need to give the government more control, because gays”
    1995: “We need to give the government more control, because angry white males”
    2004: “We need to give the government more control, because terrorism”
    2011: “We need to give the government more control, because rich people”
    2013: “We need to give the government more control, because protests”
    2015: “We need to give the government more control, because climate change”
    2016: “We need to give the government more control, because Trump”
    2017: “We need to give the government more control, because Russia”
    2018: “We need to give the government more control, because white supremacy”
    2019: “We need to give the government more control, because toxic masculinity”
    2020: “We need to give the government more control, because COVID-19”
    2021: “We need to give the government more control, because citizens”

    2022: “We need to give the government more control, because we said so”

  5. Had Stumour actually used his scummy troops together with Tory rebels to hand Johnson a number of virus-freakout defeats Labour might not now be in quite the mess. They would have got some small ground back after Dec19.

    Not that I hate BlueLabour any less than ZaNu. Just a point that kissing Johnson’s fat arse while saying he wasn’t doing enough bad shite re the bogus plague has not been a good plan for Stumour.

  6. eprjapeiorj You seem deeply dangerous and disturbed. You have been utterly brainwashed by right wing propaganda.

  7. eprjapeiorj
    +1
    Nick, I don’t think you’re going to get much traction around here, what with your insightful and penetrating observations about the ‘right wing’.
    (sarc.)

  8. BlikeInBrum. You are deeply warped and twisted if you support the views of eprjapeiorj.

  9. Nick Samuels, instead of throwing out insults why don’t you explain why eprjapeiorj’s list represents “far right hate of the working class and the poor”, and is “deeply warped and twisted”?

  10. His list indicates he has a hatred of gays, blacks, gypsies, and jews.
    People like him tend to hate the working class and poor.
    Plus black people, gays, jews and gypsies can be of working class origin.
    He has deeply warped and twisted views. How is it OK to be racist but wrong to insult a racist back?
    YOU HAVE BEEN BRAINWASHED BY THE RIGHT WING MEDIA.

  11. Um…I don’t know how old you are, or how developed your cognitive abilities are yet, but my list is pointing out all of the fucked up/stupid reasons people have provided over the years to justify giving the government more power. Note that I included the years in which these views were commonplace in the media or government propaganda. I guess that’s not an obvious enough clue for someone of your caliber.

    The icing on the cake is that you clearly didn’t comprehend Worstall’s original posting, which is why you completely misinterpreted my comment. You also assumed that I am not Jewish (I am) and you were unaware that my paternal grandfather served in the U.S. Air Force during WWII to liberate France from actual racists, anti-Semites and homophobes. I still have his Eisenhower jacket, even.

    It’s just such a perfect stereotypical example of the sheltered, uninformed but arrogant af leftist.

    By the way, it’s pretty clear that you spend a lot of your time judging people and attempting to destroy things, so much so that you don’t have the time to figure out what you’re getting angry about. Can you provide us with just ONE example of something you’ve created in the past year that has nothing to do with political ideology? Not copied or commented on, but created from scratch on your own? I mean, you apparently have a computer with internet access, so you’ve had a lot of opportunities to do something constructive with it.

    How about giving us ONE example of a time when you admitted you were wrong and changed your mind about a major social issue? Give us a list of the reasons why you made that change. Are you capable of doing that? Are you confident enough to share that experience with us? Do you really think you have the education level and life experience to know what you’re talking about on a forum that discusses matters of economics and public policy? You sure about that?

    Please, keep embarrassing yourself. I’ll be over here earning a comfortable salary and enjoying the waterfront view from my apartment in a doorman building. They allow dogs here, too. 🙂

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