Monday, 1 August 2016

Fun Online Polls: Merkel & Midges

The results to last week's Fun Online Poll were as follows:

How many more Islamist attacks will it take before Merkel realises it was wrong to let a million of them in?
I'm sure she'll apologise and change tack soon - 2%
A couple more and she'll see sense - 1%
A dozen? - 3%
She'll give it a few more years to see how things pan out - 14%
What? A politician see sense? Never! - 71%
Other, please specify - 10%

Thanks to everybody who took part. I'm in the minority on this one, I reckon she'll do a U-turn fairly soon. Oh, hang on, maybe not.
These last few weeks I have been bitten by midges more often than in the last twenty years put together and it is bloody itchy.

The warmenists have long been predicting that warmer weather = midges and mosquitos will be able to spread northwards. In my limited experience, it's not any warmer but it is definitely midgier.

So that's the topic of this week's Fun Online Poll, have I just been unlucky or have others noticed this?

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Bayard said...

"The warmenists have long been predicting that warmer weather = midges and mosquitoes will be able to spread northwards."

In my experience, the midgiest part of the UK is Scotland, and that was from the '70s, when we used to go on holiday there, which suggests that the little bastards are already able to cope with a colder climate than England and, if anything, warming will drive them even further north.

Mark Wadsworth said...

B, that's true about Scotland. Why is this? Not the temperature, surely? Is it damper? Anywhere near lakes or rivers is always midgier. But you have to compare like with like. I have in the same small area for 23 years and this year was noticeably midgier.

Bayard said...

AFAICS, what's good for the swallows is bad for the midges, weatherwise, for obvious reasons.