The Sun’s editorial today was the usual copy-and-paste routine about a hung Parliament causing the world to explode, and the Labour Party being more useless than Iain Dowie in a Mr Universe competition. But it did contain a flash of unintentional brilliance.
Here was the groundwork: “Today Mr Brown has taken it (the debt) to £776billion. Interest adds £5,000 every second.”
And then later on, the punchline: “Just think: Labour debt has increased by half a million pounds since you started reading this.”
The debt increased by half a million pounds just while I read the editorial? Really? When I got thinking about this, it revealed something which I found rather amusing.
It’s 274 words from the start of the article to the punchline. At a stretch (going slowly), it took me 30 seconds to get there. But The Sun thinks that it should take 100 seconds. Therefore, the newspaper thinks that its readers read at a rate of less than 3 words a second! That’s primary school reading age!
Shows you just how much The Sun rates the intelligence of its readers, eh? I do so love Freudian slips.