Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Thing To Do Today: some psephology.
Pebbles arranged and photographed by Zzubnik
Gosh, there are elections and referendums* causing ructions over the place, aren't there.
But what's best? Who's best? Who's least-bad?
What if the least attractive candidate has the best policy?
What if everyone who seeks great power is basically unhinged?
Is how I vote dependent upon my level of education and/or intelligence?
Or on my character?
Will I have any friends left if I admit to voting Pro-Weasel? Or Anti-Weasel?
Why are all the candidates weasels?
And, of course, most of all:
Who's going to win?
Psephology is the statistical and sociological study of elections. My chief regret, actually, is that votes are no longer cast, as in Ancient Greece, with pebbles. I would have loved to have seen the lorries full of pebbles trundling down the roads, and all the people leaning out of their bedroom windows to cast a sly extra pebble as they went past.
Ah well, it may all be a bit of a circus, but at least we get to enjoy the tight-rope walkers, the strongmen, and the clowns.
Thing To Do Today: some psephology. This word comes from the Greek psephos, which means pebble.
*Saying referenda will get you extra points with those who know a little Latin, but lose you points with those who know rather more. Referendum doesn't have a plural in Latin.
On the other hand, there are a lot more people who only know a little Latin...