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A Model for Political Prediction from Gulliver’s Travels – cited in “Fifty Orwell Essays” – George Orwell –

November 13th, 2011 · No Comments · Journalism, Leadership, Politics, The Media

“there is the professor at the School of Political Projectors who “shewed me a large Paper of Instructions for discovering Plots and Conspiracies”, and who claimed that one can find people’s secret thoughts by examining their excrement: Because Men are never so serious, thoughtful, and intent, as when they are at Stool, which he found by frequent Experiment: for in such Conjunctures, when he used meerly as a trial to consider what was the best Way of murdering the King, his Ordure would have a tincture of Green; but quite different when he thought only of raising an Insurrection, or burning the Metropolis.”

A method of deducing political plotting from the excrement of politicians? If you see any members of the Press Gallery hanging around the toilet stalls of Parliament House, you’ll know that they’ve reached a new low 🙂

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