Statistics

The deceptions behind George Osborne’s Brexit report

18 April 2016 14:02

Sometimes, George Osborne’s dishonesty is simply breathtaking. Let’s set aside the way he has positioned himself over the years (if he…

The truth about black teenagers, prison and university

15 April 2016 15:55

A few months ago, David Cameron made an incendiary claim that splashed the Sunday Times and set the news agenda for…

Lies, damn lies and health statistics – smoking is more deadly than serving in Afghanistan

30 October 2014 12:51

Basically nothing is as bad for you as smoking. Short of fairly obvious things like blunt-force trauma or falling out…

Don’t panic! There’s no population bomb

6 November 2013 17:32

Our planet is now home to seven billion people, with ravenous appetites for fuel and food — and the number…

Elizabeth Bennett reads her letter from Darcy in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.

Tory battle of the letters intensifies

31 January 2013 18:11

It’s the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice this week, so perhaps it’s the passionate letter from Darcy…

David Cameron visiting a manufacturer this morning as the GDP figures were announced. Picture: Getty

David Cameron rebuked by statistics chief over PMQs comments

25 October 2012 17:58

David Cameron’s taunt at Ed Miliband yesterday during Prime Minister’s questions that the ‘good news will keep coming’ was taken…

The illusion of economic recovery

23 October 2012 10:41

GDP per head is still 7 per cent below its pre-recession peak. That’s one of the sober reminders of the…

Drop in workless households suggests welfare reform could be starting to work

29 August 2012 14:53

Could we be starting to see the first fruits of the coalition’s welfare reforms? The Office for National Statistics reported today that…

Britain: the country of Mohammed

17 August 2012 17:00

With apologies to his Royal Highness, the most popular boy’s name isn’t Harry –  in spite of what you will…

Immigration and the cost of living

31 July 2012 20:51

The average disposable income is at its lowest point since 2003, according to figures released this afternoon by the Office…

Measuring well-being: a tough but important job

24 July 2012 15:30

‘If you treasure it, measure it.’ So Gus O’Donnell said when addressing the All Party Parliamentary Group on Wellbeing Economics in November.…

7 billion and onwards

31 October 2011 13:06

Today, if the United Nations is to be believed, the world population will reach seven billion. Almost as many words…

A new Brownie Buster

31 March 2010 18:56

Michael Scholar: hero. The newish head of the UK statistics authority is finally coming to the aid of the statistics…

Brown busted over statistics (again)

31 March 2010 17:00

Via the excellent C4 FactCheck blog: A pdf with explanatory footnotes can be found here.