#CensusCampaign discussion on BBC Census story
The BBC News magazine website is running a story comparing the upcoming census with its 1911 counterpart. Most of the discussion in the comments is about the question on religion, with several links and supportive mentions for the British Humanist Association’s Census Campaign.
The 1911 census also offers an insight into one of the great political movements of 20th Century Britain, the efforts by suffragettes to get the vote for women.
The activists tried to get women to refuse to fill out the census, organising a mass avoidance session near London’s Trafalgar Square, prompting a heartfelt plea from the registrar in the Times.
[A]fterwards, the Times was delighted to report that the suffragettes had failed to avoid being counted. It puts the recent international Jedi census stunt – where people listed their religion as Jedi in tribute to Star Wars – into perspective.
Looking at the 2011 census, [a family filling in the 1911 census] might have been surprised to see questions on type of heating, ethnicity and religion. Or the baffling question 17: “This question is intentionally left blank go to 18.”
Full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-12324970