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David Butler: The rules of the political game have been falsified

The psephology great on last Thursday's staggering result, the prospect of yet another election, and his foray into the Twittersphere

By Alex Dean  

David Butler prepares to present the BBC's 1959 election coverage. Photo: Barratts/S&G Barratts/EMPICS Archive

“Oh, I was as surprised as everyone else.” That’s how veteran psephologist David Butler, now 92, responded when I asked him about last Thursday’s shock election result.

“A lot of the rules of the game that I thought I’d learnt over 70 years of working in this field have been falsified in the last few years,” he said. “I can certainly say that it is a different world.”

Butler, who ranks among the country’s most respected…

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