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Most Europeans are ignorant on the facts…

August 18, 2008

Hmmm…that could be the reason Barak H. Obama is so popular there.
The UK Telegraph reports that “British attitudes towards the United States are governed by ignorance of the facts on key issues such as crime, health care and foreign policy”

A poll of nearly 2,000 Britons by YouGov/PHI found that 70 per cent of respondents incorrectly said it was true that the US had done a worse job than the European Union in reducing carbon emissions since 2000. More than 50 per cent presumed that polygamy was legal in the US, when it is illegal in all 50 states.

The survey showed that a majority agreed with the false statement that since the Second World War the US had more often sided with non-Muslims when they had come into conflict with Muslims. In fact in 11 out of 12 major conflicts between Muslims and non-Muslims, Muslims and secular forces, or Arabs and non-Arabs, the US has sided with the former group. Those conflicts included Turkey and Greece, Bosnia and Yugoslavia, and and Kosovo and Yugoslavia.

Asked if it was true that “from 1973 to 1990 the United States sold Saddam Hussein more than a quarter of his weapons,” 80 per cent of British respondents said yes. However the US sold just 0.46 per cent of Saddam’s arsenal to him, compared to Russia’s 57 per cent, France’s 13 per cent and China’s 12 per cent.

Almost a third of Britons believe that “Americans who have not paid their hospitals fees or insurance premiums are not entitled to emergency medical care”; by law such treatment must be provided.

I think it is a pretty safe bet that a survey of American “liberals” would result in much of the same woefully ignorant answers.

HT to Mr. Reynolds

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Mean while, in the UK…

May 5, 2008

Conservatives sweep elections across Britain.
The uber-liberal labor party types who got tossed out include the Mayor of London:

The outcome of the London race follows a catastrophic result for Gordon Brown and the Labour Party in local elections across England and Wales.

An emotional Ken LivingstoneAfter what he described as a “bad” and “disappointing” night, the Prime Minister’s party came third in the share of the national vote.

Labour has lost well over 400 seats in local elections across England and Wales – the Conservatives have gained 300 seats and nine councils.

Sky’s political editor Adam Boulton says the result is “beyond the worst” predicted by most analysts.

“This a shattering result for Gordon Brown and Labour,” he said.

HT to Pilgrim at Say Anything.

The Brits have figured out that goofy far hard left extremist policies are bad for the country and its citizens. A lesson that democrats here in the US should pay attention to.

Cause & Effect

August 25, 2007

Reason Magazine reports:

Following the 1996 Dunblane school massacre, in which seventeen people were killed by a man armed with two 9mm pistols, Britain passed a law outlawing the ownership of most handguns, despite researchers finding “no link between high levels of gun crime and areas where there were still high levels of lawful gun possession.” It’s a law so severe that the Britain’s Olympic shooting team is forced to train abroad, lest one of its members try to shoot up a grammar school. So how effective has the law been? A doubling in gun-related crimes since the ban, naturally.

The results were quite predictable by anybody with a clue.
HT to Mr. Reynolds.