December 22nd, 2009

Tea-drinker par excellence

Do you believe?

I just wondered whether, as a rule, you believe National Statistics figures published on such things as the national accounts, unemployment, GDP, population, benefit claimants, benefit fraud, etc?

And if you don't, is it any particular figure or the whole lot of them? And also, who is doing the massaging of the figures and to what end?

Do you think anyone produces better (or at least more honest) figures?

[As a disclaimer, whilst I'm not a statistician, I've worked on the publication of some of these figures]