Studies, Polls, Cynicism and Wine…Oh My
A new study finding that Canadian Government-owned and run liquor stores offer consumers better prices than privately owned liquor stores as well as better adhering to government regulations was commissioned by the employees union representing workers at government-run Canadian liquor stores. The government employee-commissioned study finding that government employees do a fantastic job at government liquor stores comes as consideration is underway on privatizing government liquor stores. Amazing.
Isn’t this a bit like a winery announcing that it has given its latest Cabernet Sauvignon 95 Points?
It also reminds me of the campaign manager responding to reporters’ questions about his candidate being down in the polls by 10 points with this common nugget: “Our internal polling shows us tied with our opponent.” Of course it does.
Actually it’s a bit more like the anti-direct shipping wholesalers funding a study here in the U.S. a few years ago that found that—can you believe it—minors are obtaining wine on the internet in huge numbers. Of course they are.
The actual researchers of the Canadian study soothed any doubts anyone might have about the legitimacy of a study commissioned by those that study found do a great job by noting that the study “went through a rigorous’ process to prevent bias.”
Of course it did.