bunn (bunn) wrote,
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bunn

Conspiratorial minds

I heard a trailer for some event where John le Carré was speaking, in which he said that one of the odd things about Britain is that the majority of people, if they are asked by British Intelligence 'can we come in and use your upstairs, we can't tell you anything about it' will, if reassured the request is genuinely from British Intelligence, say 'yes'.

He felt this demonstrated a national temperamental bias towards the conspiratorial, and towards the patriotic.

Poll #1934265 A Conspiratorial Poll

If British Intelligence asked to use your upstairs, would you let them?

yes
7(41.2%)
no
0(0.0%)
that would be an ecumenical matter
4(23.5%)
Only in order to find out what they were up to
6(35.3%)

Do you consider yourself

Conspiratorial AND Patriotic
5(31.2%)
Patriotic but can't keep a secret for toffee
3(18.8%)
Unpatriotic and Conspiratorial
4(25.0%)
UnPatriotic and Unconspiratorial
4(25.0%)


Oh drat, I meant to ask if you thought it was odd to say 'yes'. 
Tags: le carre, life is not like star wars, morality, politics, spies
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