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Latest update : 2013-12-04

Politicians failing I.Q. tests

Firstly, the former French Minister for European Affairs, Laurent Wauquiez, spectacularly fails a quiz live on radio. Next up, it’s the turn of Boris Johnson, London’s mayor, to ridicule himself on British radio; he failed to answer any question from an I.Q. test correctly. Johnson also came in for criticism for a speech last week during which he said economic equality will never be possible because some people are "too stupid" to get ahead.

Finally, both the mayor of London and a Paris mayoral hopeful appear clueless about the price of a metro ticket!

By James CREEDON

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2014-12-24 Catholic Church

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