I believe it fair to say that anyone commissioning a survey, on whatever subject, poses questions with a view to receiving the answer they seek. The latest example of this theory is a survey carried out amongst Conservative members, presumably by the Conservative Party, on the question of foreign aid.
Andrew Porter, writing in the Daily Telegraph, interpreted the findings one way and Tim Montgomerie, on Conservative Home, spins desperately with an opposite interpretation. The question asked was whether they (Conservative members) agreed with the statement that:
"even as we deal with our deficit, Britain is still one of the wealthiest countries in the world and we should be proud we're continuing our commitment to international development."
Setting aside the point that we are not one of the wealthiest countries in the world (how can one be wealthy whilst having a debt of over £1trillion - but, again, I digress) I just wonder what the percentage of responses would have been had the words "to the disadvantage of aiding the elderly and vulnerable in our own society, coupled with not being able to defend our nation satisfactorily in the military sense."
It is also reasonable, I believe, to question Cameron's political aims, especially when we read:
"At a recent meeting of world leaders in France Mr Cameron castigated other leading nations for not fulfilling pledges on aid and invoked his own personal reasons for continuing commitment to overseas aid. He said: "We made a promise. I remember where I was during Live Aid in 1985."If we are going to try to get across to the poorest people in the world that we care about their plight and we want them to join one world with the rest of us, we have got to make promises and keep promises."(Emphasis mine)
One has to ask whether the omission of the word "government", after the word "world" was by design or accident?
Just asking, you understand........................