Politicians Avoid Answering 60% of Questions

Jeremy PaxmanIn discussing the upcoming election here in the UK, Raj Persaud on All In the Mind asks whether politicians ever answer a question. Apparently when asked by a professional interviewer, the average number of responses that directly address the original question is 40%. This rises to 75% when the question is asked by a member of the public. Why? Because professional interviewers tend to ask trapping questions that if you did actually answer would make you look stupid either way.

Also on the show there’s some good stuff about brainwashing, while next week Raj is going speed-dating. Just don’t tell the wife Raj!
Radio 4′s All In the Mind



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Published: 13 April 2005

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