What we learned in 2014 – Factcheck


Channel 4’s Factcheck has published the best of its findings in 2014.

These include the fact that, despite Owen Paterson’s discomfort at claims that the last Labour government spent more on flood defence than he did, they were true. Also:

“The SNP scored an own-goal in the final stages of the Scottish independence referendum when they tried to suggest that a yes vote was the only way to protect the NHS from meddling from Westminster… Successive Scottish governments had failed to pass on the full amount of money allocated by Westminster to Scottish health services.

“Among graduates with similar academic achievements, the privately educated tend to get paid more. No one knows why.” The old school tie?

Britain is not turning into an Islamic country.

“British people like immigrants – when they get to know them… This may explain why UKIP… is targeting seats where there are fewer migrant workers than average.

“Almost everything else you may have heard about immigration is probably wrong.”

There’s even a rare story about the Labour Party using dubious statistics. Shurely shome mishtake…?

The full article is on the Factcheck website – give it a visit.

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