I’ve been writing this blog for five years. Most grateful to anyone who’s bothered to read it and to everyone who’s re-posted it or used my findings elsewhere.
In the spirit of these things, here are my five favourite charts that I’ve produced over the years:
5. Most people don’t understand the word ‘progressive’
Words are useful when they help people understand things. The word ‘progressive’ has become code among politics people for left-wing, or perhaps centre-left, or perhaps liberal in general.
It seems more common in the US and perhaps there people understand it as meaning ‘left-wing’. They don’t here though.
Here, for most people it has no political meaning at all: it just means “someone I like”:
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4. Wind farms are really popular, even when they’re built nearby
On one level I sort of understand the Tory Party’s opposition to wind farms. I’m sure there are some people that viscerally hate them, maybe even majorities in some communities, and perhaps Tory policy wonks think they’re a bad investment.
But the way some senior Tories talk, it’s as if wind farms are as popular neighbours as paedophile collectives – particularly compared with how they talk about fracking. They seem to assume that wind farms are hated, and everyone knows they’re hated.
Which is odd, because this is what people think about potential local power sources:
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3. People no longer think the monarchy make Britain better
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