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Friday, December 23, 2005

The wrong button

The BBC reveal this morning that London only made it into the last round of voting to stage the 2012 Olympics because the Greek delegate pressed the wrong button:

"London was ahead, but Paris and Madrid were 33-31 in the votes," said Gilady.

"Let's say what we think now happened, that one member made a mistake and voted for Paris rather than Madrid.

"If he had voted for Madrid it would be 32-32. We would have to have had a vote-off.

"In the vote-off all the votes supporting London would go to Madrid, because the fear was that Paris had a big chance to win.

"Madrid would then have won against Paris.

"Coming to the final against London, all the votes from Paris would have gone to support Madrid.

"Madrid would have won.

"That is now what we think happened. This is what you call good fortune and good luck."

This sort of thing happens all the time in the Assembly chamber of course. We have even had Ministers pressing the wrong button and accidentally voting against the party line due a lapse of concentration. The different technology in the new chamber could well contribute to such incidents in the future.
I've always been worried that in the ICBM control bunkers the button marked "Request Lunch" is too close to the button that says "Request Launch".
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