UKIP To Win General Election By Use Of Pyramid Scheme
John Boyle from UKIP wrote to me again to explain how UKIP's rather paltry increase in Facebook membership is actually going to snowball into a landslide election victory for his party.
"We have to start somewhere. Just think 11 x 11 x 11 x 11 = 161051 x 11 = 11771561 x 11 = 19487171 and so on." - John Boyd, UKIP.
If I do the sum 11,771,561 x 11 I get the answer 129,487,171
Doing the same sum, UKIP get the answer 19,487,171
I am not a mathematician so I'm relying on my calculator for this, I have tried two different calculators and the gadget on my PC and the answer is always the same, what sort of voodoo maths are UKIP using then ?
Anyway, UKIP's odd sums aside, this is how pyramid schemes work, gaining the voting intentions of undecided swing voters tends not to happen in the same degree.
The Labour Party polled 9,562,122 votes in the 2005 General Election, UKIP got 603,298 votes which was a 0.8% increase on their previous result. I think it somewhat unlikely that UKIP then will find an extra 19 million or so votes.