Friday, 9 January 2009

Lies, Damn Lies, And Government Statistics

From memory I think it was supposed to have been Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, one of our greatest soldiers and amongst our worst politicians (prior to this shower of shit) who coined the phrase, "Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics".

Sadly, as with Orwell's 1984 this lot have taken it to be a blueprint.

Latest to emerge is former head of the Youth Justice Board Rod Morgan pointing out that the recently released figures claiming to show a reduction in the number of first time yobs being caught had fallen, while they exclude a huge population of those merely cautioned or given Penalty Notices for Disorder. Weasels at Ed "Blinky Cunt" Balls Department for Failing Our Children attempted to justify their pathetic spin.

This follows hot on the heels of the Home Office's dodgy use of stats relating to Knife Crime, which was criticised by no less an authority than the official wathdog appointed by this government to whitewash their lies. Seems they chose the wrong bloke, so he won't be getting a second term in office, same as they got rid of that pesky Filkin woman who kept pointing out sleaze.

Thank goodness we know have a Prime Minister who is not keen on spin (or celebrities, or using his family for political advantage) or god knows how much they'd be spending over and above the current £1 BILLION a year.


The Refuser said...

I think it was Disraeli, but you are right these bastards only know how to lie, spin and deceive. It is their default setting and with that odious creep Mandelson at the helm it will just get worse as they become more desperate to cling to their jobs.

it's either banned or compulsory said...

We have a statue ( re your pic ) that the drunks and students similarly like to decorate with a traffic cone.
Now and then the Council see fit to remove it useing an expensively hired crane cherry picker, guard rails and all manner of health'n'safety signage which causes mayhem to the local traffic.
Fine, but the cone is usually back within a day or two so why not just leave it there ?

Back on topic " We cannot comment on individual cases because of data protection issues but the Department strives to meet best performance targets in achieving our commitment to...hello, Is anybody there ? "