Stephen Pollard - can't count to tenVicky Pollard - can count to ten

Stephen Pollard, head of Brussels based "think" tank, Centre for the New Europe, took great pleasure in complaining in The Times that "29% of adults could not calculate the area of a floor".

Seems that Mr Pollard, and the entire sub-editing staff of The Times, can't count to ten.

Let's bear in mind that Mr Pollard is the "Director" of a "think" tank that hosts debates and dinners (including the infamous "Capitalists Ball" where drunk horsey wimmin drink champagne and fall over) for the EU's cognoscenti.

And then read this:

"... on January 1, 2004, eight other new member states joined the EU ..."

Spot the deliberate mistake? Hell, let's go the whole hog! Spot TWO mistakes?

Dear Mr Pollard, Cyprus, plus the Czech Republic, plus Estonia, plus Hungary, plus Latvia, plus Lithuania, plus Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia equals TEN!

And what's more. It was May, not January. But then calendar was always our toughest subject, too.

Mr Pollard, you are welcome to join the staff of the Berlaymonster. We don't let veracity get in the way of a good fact.

(Thanks to Tippler for the lead)


  1. MKWM // 1:48 AM  

    Phew.... As I was reading the Times article before the whole entry, I thought for a moment that I was the one who couldn't count to ten and had mixed up the dates. Especially since Tippler, always keeping abreast of serious issues, was suggesting recently that whatever we read in that mighty organ must be true.

    The BBC could hire him, S to the P to the tephen to the ollard. Ohmigod, this is well it...

  2. Anonymous // 4:03 PM  

    He even looks like his sister Vicky doesn't he?

  3. MKWM // 12:04 AM  

    Can someone tell who's the evil twin?