Monday, 16 June 2008

Mathematically Challenged

The Tories have been busy this week distributing leaflets on behalf of their parliamentary candidate. His little letter claims that "the Council results showed that this seat will be a two horse race between me and whoever is the Labour candidate". These were the elections in which Plaid won 7 seats in the constituency, Labour 3, and the Tories and Lib Dems managed one each.

Now, I don't think that the council results are actually that good an indicator of parliamentary outcomes, but if they were, they would suggest that the Tories are indeed in a two-horse race - with the Lib Dems to see who comes last. I happen to think that that is nonsensical as the Tory statement - but then I'm not making the ridiculous claim.

One has to ask whether someone who either has so much difficulty with simple arithmetic, or is prepared to make statements which are at such obvious variance with the truth, should be standing as a serious candidate for political office. Do you really want an MP who tries to tell you that 1 is a higher number than 7?

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