Daily Mail poll #fail (updated)

by | Jun 19, 2009

The Daily Mail, bastion of British bitterness, is frothing at the mouth at plans to allow travellers (or as columnist Richard Littlejohn prefers, “raggle-taggle Romany gipsies… Irish tinkers, itinerant scrap-metal merchants, scruffy hippies…[and] dubious waifs and strays from Eastern Europe doing a bit of freelance begging”) preferential access to health care.

Not wanting them to be left out, it put up a poll to allow its readers to stick the boot in too. Unfortunately, results don’t seem to be turning out the right way. I wonder how long it’ll take before the Mail’s Supreme Leader – editor, Paul Dacre – steps in to sort things out. I feel a fix coming on…

Daiily Mail - Gypsies Jump the Queue

Support up above 90% now – you can vote here.

Update: And the fix is in – seems like Supreme Leader Paul Dacre has cracked. Three different computers (two of which have not been used to vote from) show the poll has now been blocked…

Daily Mail blocks its own poll


  • David Steven is a senior fellow at New York University, where he founded the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children and the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, a multi-stakeholder partnership to deliver the SDG targets for preventing all forms of violence, strengthening governance, and promoting justice and inclusion. He was lead author for the ministerial Task Force on Justice for All and senior external adviser for the UN-World Bank flagship study on prevention, Pathways for Peace. He is a former senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and co-author of The Risk Pivot: Great Powers, International Security, and the Energy Revolution (Brookings Institution Press, 2014). In 2001, he helped develop and launch the UK’s network of climate diplomats. David lives in and works from Pisa, Italy.

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