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Friday, 18 May 2012

Do details matter?

I don't know. Am I being petty now? I think I probably am. 

But I do find it irritating when elected politicians choose to make public statements, and in doing do make mistakes that betray the fact that they don't know what they are talking about.

For example Louise Mensch tweeted this earlier...

...and of course, there isn't an interim Greek president. The President is the Head of State, he is currently called Karolos Papoulias, and it is he who has been trying to get the elected politicians to form a new government.

I think she almost certainly meant the interim Prime Minister, who is Panagiotis Pikrammenos.

This is a little like mixing up the Queen and David Cameron.

Does it really matter? Probably not. But if Louise Mensch really is going to go into government in the reshuffle, she ought to get that sort of thing correct. Especially if she ends up in the Foreign Office.

Like politicians who confuse 'debt' with 'deficit', it probably doesn't really matter, as long as they know what they mean.

But it is just a tad annoying...

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