Saturday, December 02, 2006

Belshazzar's Feast

From the King James version of the Book of Daniel:

--Then was Daniel brought in; and he said, I will read the writing unto the king.
--And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.
--This is the interpretation of the thing:

MENE; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it.
TEKEL; Thou are weighed in the balance, and art found wanting.
PERES; Thy kingdom is divided...

Or you can just read the Sankei Shimbun version:

復党反対67% 内閣支持率は50%下回る FNN世論調査


Cabinet support falling from 63.9% to 47.7%--down 16.2 points.

In a single polling cycle.

Bite me.

Abe and his Cabinet managed to engineer a fall of this magnitude without a single indecorous firing of a brassy, out-of-control lady minister.

T'is furthermore a great day for statisticians everywhere when Asahi Shimbun and Mainichi Shimbun-like results are replicated by a conservative newspaper under controlled conditions.

With the Nikkei clocking in with lower figures last week, the outlier is now the most recent Yomiuri poll.

Fancy that.

And how about that 67.2% disapproval rating for the reabsorption of the expelled?

It seems that the people (Damn them! Ingrates! Who cares about their opinions anyway?) want their votes in the last House of Representatives election to mean something.

Which opens an avenue for one more sarcastic quote, possibly apt, this time from Bertholt Brecht:

... the people
Had forfeited the confidence of the government
And could win it back only
By redoubled efforts. Would it not be easier
In that case for the government
To dissolve the people
And elect another?

Many thanks to Joshua Micah Marshall (Prince of all political blogging. Long may reign!) for the quotation.

1 comment:

Blamerbell said...

came through to your blog from Richard Lloyd Parry. I'm going to link to it - just to remind myself to check it out now and again.

Please feel free to link back to me. Not sure how it'd fit in, since I don't write about Japan that often.

all the best, BB