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The Sun often prefers its own phone-in polls to paying for proper research, but last month it drew attention to their defects. A Sun poll found that five times as many readers wanted Robin Cook to remain in the cabinet after a reshuffle than any other Labour politician it named. After consulting a professor of statistics, the Sun concluded that a Robin Cook acolyte had been making regular use of the redial button on his or her phone.

The term road rage was invented in the US in 1988 and by 1996 had apparently come to describe an “epidemic” of…

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