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How to be speaker

Here's an amusing little picture. The graph is for the candidates for speaker of the House of Commons and examines the relationship between their expenses - specifically their total Additional Costs allowance for the last five years - and the number of votes they received in the first round. This is the only correlation I can test because it's the only chance people got to vote for the whole field.

Does it look like there's some sort of a relationship there? Looks to me as if money can't buy you love, but unless you are willing to get down and dirty then you're just seen as goody two-shoes.




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I have watched Mr Bercow for 2 days now and all I can see is the Labour party sticking two fingers up to the British Public for having railroaded through his appointment.

This piece says it most eloquently:

but will likely make you a tad glum. So try this to help lift your spirits:
Jun 25, 2009 at 10:56 AM | Unregistered CommenterPaul Clark
"Does it look like there's some sort of a relationship there? "

Actually, no.

Unless you want to claim that the number of votes cast is somehow related to the logarithm of the ACA. I can't imagine any elected officials being able to do that calculation, though it would be an ingenious expense claim.

Besides it doesn't look like that relationship is true either.

If you try asking your spreadsheet to add a regression line and calculate the confidence interval I expect you'll see there is no relationship.
Jun 25, 2009 at 6:20 PM | Unregistered CommenterFrank O'Dwyer

Stop being so serious!
Jun 25, 2009 at 7:07 PM | Registered CommenterBishop Hill

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