Statistics don’t LIE, politicians twist them… – JayneLinney

JSA sanction referrals over the past decade (from

JSA sanction referrals over the past decade (from

Today I came across two articles, once again calling into question the behaviour of Politicians and Government Departments when using statistics, writes Jayne Linney.

It is clear from these that  “Once again, DWP has shown itself to be a master in statistics manipulation and in the use of selective figures” this was on sanctions; and on pay and living costs “an act of statistical trickery to change the landscape of pay bargaining in the UK for the worse.”

This persistent misuse of data and the ensuing Spin’ fed to the media by the likes of IDS, is precisely what we have been saying this for the past 2 years; and it is the reason for our petition TO: KATHRYN HUDSON PARLIAMENTARY COMMISSIONER FOR STANDARDS to :

“Use the full Powers of the Commission and investigate Iain Duncan Smith Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for his regular use of untruths and the persistent deception misleading of The House of Commons, Select Committees and the Media”

Read the full article on Jayne’s blog site.

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2 thoughts on “Statistics don’t LIE, politicians twist them… – JayneLinney

  1. M de Mowbray

    There are lies, there are damn lies, there are statistics and then there are Tory/Condem erroneous statistics. IDS, McVile, CaMoron and WasBornRich are all guilty of mis-using statistics, compiling them dishonestly, manipulating them and using their dishonesty as a means to persecute anyone they like. All parties misuse statistics to some degree, this Abomination of a government has broken all records and boundaries of dishonest statistics, in fact to me they have made “Satistics” a disreputable concept.

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