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manipulating the figures according to Yes Minister and Volkswagen

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Submitted by myth (Germany), Nov 3, 2015 at 13:39

I was watching the election results coming in on CNN Türk eating a Döner Kebab. "This is normal in Turkey" the man cutting the meat replied answering my quesion "how can this be real?"

One can see the AKP's election figures increase without actually increased votes. Back in the eighties it was all so clear. In an episode of "Yes Minister" Sir Humphrey reduced the figures when his minister meant to reduce the actual number of administrators employed. Sir Humphrey explains how these two different statements can live side by side until happily ever after. Watch and learn:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMCOv5ekRkA

Erdoğan certainly gave a similar directive to one of his campaign advisers. A conversation like this:

"Get the votes up"

"we can't do that. You are increasingly unpopular with the people."

"Get the figures up."

"that we can do".

The article is correct the AKP follows the Volkswagen pattern:

"Reduce the emissions of diesel engines!"

"We can't do that. The laws of physics and chemistry, you know".

"Reduce the emission figures!"

"That we can do."

Submitting....

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Daniel Pipes replies:

What a great clip and how appropriate.

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