September 04, 2003


Some people will buy anything:

After signing off on the sale of his company this week to the French research giant Ipsos, leading social commentator Hugh Mackay has again chastised the research industry for continuing to "seriously mislead" clients and warned corporations they are ignoring a "golden era" for advertising in their attempts to control costs.

For examples of the quality social research the dips at Ipsos have just purchased, click here, here, here, here, here, and here.

Posted by Tim Blair at September 4, 2003 03:35 PM

"concentrating very heavily on their backyard, their own family, street and suburb.

Damn right! In fact I just installed new razorwire, three new M-60 machine gun positions and defense in depth with Claymore mines.

Posted by: wallace at September 4, 2003 at 04:34 PM

Obviously, Hugh Mackay has sold out market research, at a huge profit, in the same way Phillip Adams profited out of advertising, in order to finance a full-time career as a political commentator. No doubt about about it, your heart can only be with the Left when your wallet's with the Right.

Posted by: Rob (No.1) at September 4, 2003 at 04:42 PM

Left columnist thinks he's discovered the secret of finding out what ordinary people really think and sells it to the French for millions.

My God. I had him wrong all along.

Posted by: ilibcc at September 4, 2003 at 04:46 PM

I trust Hugh kept in mind the importance of narrowing the gap between rich and poor while negotiating his sale price and ongoing salary, or is it only other people's wealth which is obscene

Posted by: jack at September 4, 2003 at 05:11 PM

ah, but wallace, are you at stage 3 with a RRF(Blue Heeler-Kelpie Cross)?

Posted by: Razor at September 4, 2003 at 05:40 PM

"They're not involved in the political process, they're not interested in social issues"

Perhaps. Or maybe they just don't give a shit about anything you say Hugh. Ever consider that?

Posted by: Matt at September 4, 2003 at 06:54 PM

Well, I read all of the links and won't thank you for them. I'm from the US and have never heard of the pretzel that is Mackay.

However, I think you guys misunderstand him. When he says "we," I read it as the royal "We." He isn't telling us about ourselves, he's telling us how *he* feels. Obviously deep compassion is called for one living as miserably as he (psychology-wise).

Posted by: Dee Bates at September 4, 2003 at 08:20 PM

Another socialist gets the big pay-off. Does this mean that we wont have to read the useless fucktard in the papers anymore? say it's true.. please!!!!!

Posted by: LABOR LOLITA PIMP at September 4, 2003 at 08:54 PM