Sunday, November 7, 2010

A Number's Game

I came across this blog and this posting (Blogpage, posted November 06) made an interesting reading. It refers to BN’s massive victory in the Batu Sapi by-election and I am reproducing it here: "Going back to Linda, she received 9,773 votes versus PKR Ansari Abdullah's 3,414 and SAPP Yong Teck Lee's 2,031. Her majority is obtained by subtracting Ansari's 3,414 votes. It does not take into account Yong's 2,031.

Now, obviously this has to be done if one were to compare apple with apple and pear with pear. After subtracting Yong's 2,031 her margin is actually just 4,328 votes. No doubt, still credible but far less misleading than the 6,359 that is being shouted from every corner of the nation by the BN media.

Compared with Edmund who garned 9,479 votes and a majority of 3,708, it means the BN managed to increase their support by a mere 620 votes (4,328 less 3,708).

Very slow-going considering the huge amount of resources BN ploughed into the by-election. No wonder, Deputy Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and PBS chief Joseph Pairin were full of smiles – smiles of relief no doubt!"

I must also comment on the US mid-term elections. After all, I had alluded to them in my November 03 posting. Predictably, Barack Obama’s Democrat party lost control of Congress to the Republicans but managed to maintain a wafer-thin majority in the Senate. Even if there was little change in the gubernatorial elections of 37 states and two territories – the fact remains that the Republicans have staged a comeback!

Just in case, there are those who are in the blur, midterm elections refer to general elections in the US that are held two years after the quadrennial elections for the US Presidency.

Newcastle’s Andy Carroll beat Arsenal goalkeeper Lucasz Fabianski to Joey Barton's free-kick and nodded the ball into an empty net (45), to give the Magpies a 1-0 win over the Gunners. To be sure the latter had good chances at goal but they were just not lucky.

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