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From the archive, 3 May 1997: Election special: Fatal flaws in chaos theory

Originally published in the Guardian on 3 May 1997

"A landslide?" said Professor Tony King witheringly on Election 97 (BBC1). "It is an asteroid hitting the planet and destroying practically all life on earth."

This was terrible news for Peter Snow. He had a nice new landslide computer graphic all ready. He hadn't anticipated an asteroid. Well, you don't, do you? In Snow's landslide, 12 politicians, hurtfully called the Dicey Dozen, stood under a cliff. "Look at that!" cried Snow, and they were all buried alive. Except Mr Howard, who made no visible effort to dig his colleagues out. As an encore, Snow, who in another age would have filled the stage with flags, also buried several prime ministers and Mr Portillo.

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