You have to admire kittysjones for coming out with this list on the day Iain Duncan Smith claimed Universal Benefit will bring a £7bn boost to the economy by forcing – sorry, encouraging – people into work (no matter how awful the conditions of work, wages, health and safety… and so on).
Here are just a few of the crackers on offer:
David Cameron rebuked by statistics watchdog over national debt claims– PM said the government was ‘paying down Britain’s debts’ in a political broadcast, even though debt is actually rising.
“Now that his false claims have been exposed, it’s time the prime minister stopped deliberately misleading people about his economic record.”- Rachel Reeves.
Finally Exposed! The Deficit Myth! So, David Cameron When Are You Going to Apologise? David Cameron rebuked over austerity claims – David Cameron has been corrected by the Treasury’s own forecaster over claims that cuts in public spending are not reducing economic growth. The Office for Budget Responsibility told the Prime Minister that it does believe that cutting public spending will reduce economic growth in the short term.
In fact, as Mr Chote wrote, the OBR believes that cuts in spending and increases in tax will depress economic activity, meaning lower growth.
OBR head rebukes Osborne: the UK was never at risk of bankruptcy. Office for Budget Responsibility chief Robert Chote dismisses the “danger of insolvency”.
In the weeks after he took office, George Osborne justified his austerity programme by claiming that Britain was on “the brink of bankruptcy”. He told the Conservative conference in October 2010: “The good news is that we are in government after 13 years of a disastrous Labour administration that brought our country to the brink of bankruptcy.” It was, of course, nonsense.
Information Commissioner Christopher Graham launched a scathing rebuke of the decision to exercise the Government’s veto blocking the publication of a report into the risks of NHS reforms. This is a sign that ministers want to downgrade freedom of information laws, a watchdog has warned. Health Secretary Andrew Lansley deployed it to block an Information Tribunal ruling that he should meet Labour demands to disclose the document.
Duncan Smith rebuked by ONS for misuse of benefit statistics – The claim that 8,000 people moved into work as a result of the benefit cap is “unsupported by the official statistics”, says the UK Statistics Authority.
Another statement by Duncan Smith later in the month also drew criticism and a reprimand . The minister said around 1 million people have been stuck on benefits for at least three of the last four years “despite being judged capable of preparing or looking for work”. The figures cited also included single mothers, people who were seriously ill, and people awaiting testing.
Iain Duncan Smith Rebuked Over Immigration Statistics – Iain Duncan Smith and the Department of Work and Pensions have been accused of publishing misleading immigration figures that were “highly vulnerable to misinterpretation”.Figures showing 371,000 immigrants were on benefits were rushed out by ministers with insufficient regard for “weaknesses” in the data, according to the UK Statistics Authority.
There are many more on the kittysjones site, and they were taken from a longer article: Austerity, socio-economic entropy and being conservative with the truth.
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