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May 08, 2006

David Rennie Blog

Over at David Rennie’s blog (and when will The Telegraph add trackbacks? The Times’ blogs do have them.) an interesting series of results from an EU survey. That is, both one on the subject of and conducted by, the EU.

The whole poll is worth browsing through, especially the raw data at the back. I like most of all the spontaneous answers that crowd their way into the columns. For example, when the pollsters fanned out and asked people “which two of the following would strengthen your feeling about being a European citizen”, a quarter of the British respondents answered “I do not want to be a European citizen”, which was not on the list.

Something pollsters have known for decades: you can sway the results by the way in which you proffer the suggested answers. It’s unusual for people to add in an answer not on the list of suggested ones. 25% doing so is a huge, huge, number.

When we first all became EU citizens (Maastricht, under John Major) I actually phoned up the Foreign Office to find out how I could not be. The answer is, sadly, only by giving up my UK citizenship. As my only alternative is Irish this doesn’t realy help as I’m an EU citizen as a result of that as well.

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come, 'tis Torygraph. In their own time. More important, (when) will blog develop into commentisfree style diverse multitude of commentators, w/ rightwing conservative centre of gravity to counterweight cif's liberal-left slant.

Offer sufficient incentives, might poach Dalrymple back from SAU. ;)

Posted by: cerebus | May 9, 2006 2:48:49 AM

If you look at the very post you cite, you'll find that the Telegraph do support Trackbacks. There's a section between the post itself and the comments section. We developed the blogging platform for the Telegraph, so if you're having any problems with trackbacks, or anything else, let me know and I'll see if I can help out.

Posted by: James Higgs | May 12, 2006 3:48:09 PM