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Even bigger boom and bust!

Gordon Brown and Ed Balls, architects of the pre-2007 mantra of “no return to boom and bust“, have left Parliament, and the contenders for the Labour leadership are busily reinventing their economic policy, so it’s only appropriate that the latest statistics reinvent the economic history! 457 more words

“slashed” = “little changed”

According to the Evening Standard today, the Bank of England’s growth forecast has been slashed and the inflation forecast is little changed. The former has been cut by 0.3 percentage points in 2016 and the latter by 0.4 points. 389 more words

Election fact checking

There was a very good event organised by The Alliance for Useful Evidence last week at Nesta. The details are here.

I asked a question – mainly as I felt that UKSA and IFS were being a bit too self righteous when they were doing little to help at the sharp end of data misinterpretation by press and politicians. 424 more words

The Hannaford correspondence: one swallow might not make a summer but two might

On February 25th I received a reply from Cllr Hannaford, explaining that the delay was caused by dealing with family issues, which is obviously fair enough. 1,056 more words

Discourses And Ideologies

Average earnings – the real real growth


  • Contrary to public perceptions most workers (and hard working families) are not suffering a cost of living crisis as often claimed in political debate.
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Too many statistics? The Guardian's view

I can hardly agree with The Guardian’s editorial today: “The Guardian view on statistics in politics: over-counting“.

Part of it is just what one might expect from a newspaper: wordsmiths rant against things they tend not to get, like evidence (all too often it has ruined a great story!), big data and “computers”. 437 more words

Statistics reform - a debate in Parliament

Sir Hugh Bayley the Labour MP for York Central secured a debate on statistics which took place on 14 January (see here at 10.59). He made several important suggestions that would have wide support in the statistics community.  667 more words