Tuesday, 22 February 2011

The problem with yes and no

Tonight I was sitting watching TV when I had a phonecall. It was from an opinion poll employed by the Metropolitan Police to garner public opinion that they do a good job. This was to do with the incident that I went through in December last year and I wasn't even the victim.

Ok, one might think this is laudable, but in a way I thought it was a complete and utter waste of money. The questions the poor guy asked were of little relevance to my experience and pissed me off. Before that I was thinking quite charitably about the Met, but now I'm not so sure.

Anyway I decided to opt in for the focus group option. I'd love to get there to explain that these kind of surveys don't do a lot and I'd far prefer to see police on the streets than them waste money on a survey that asks the wrong questions.

I did, of course, feel rather sorry for the poor guy who worked for the company asking the questions as he just wanted yes/no answers, which I'm sorry to say I didn't provide. The 15 minute interview went on for half an hour. Did I feel sorry for him? Yes. But hey, at least he had something to talk about for the night, even if it was that he had a complete pain in the ass on the phone who absolutely refused to answer yes or no!


  1. Will you be doing a power point presentation on the way they should be evaluating their service at the focus group?

  2. I do hope I get invited. I'm going to go into my full all points blasting on evaluations...ooh I just love a bit of complaining!