UK | Political Stat-Porn

20 03 2010

The UK Statistics Authority are once again berating the Government due to the spin ministers put on the releases.  As early as 2008 we were told in no uncertain terms that…

From knife crime to immigration, you can never believe a Labour statistic

Figures showing that inner-city knife crime had “fallen” were trumpeted by ministers last week – but the truth was rather different.

Philip Johnston.  Published: 9:26PM GMT 14 Dec 2008

And evidence of such malpractice didn’t take long to shine through either…

Ministers accused of political spin in row over statistics

Ministers were yesterday accused of “political spin” and “interference” in official statistics as the row over the way the Government handles data deepened.

Tom Whitehead, Home Affairs Editor.  Published: 5:08PM GMT 27 Jan 2009

So after two years and three months, the UKSA finally suggests that…

Ministers ‘should not see stats early to avoid spin’

Ministers should be banned from seeing official statistics more than three hours in advance to avoid political interference, the UK Statistics Authority said.

Published: 7:30AM GMT 19 Mar 2010

Just thankful that the Head of UKSA isn’t my doctor.

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