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Trust No-one [Sep. 25th, 2005|01:02 pm]
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We noticed that the Office for National Statistics has published a report on "Public Confidence in Official statistics" (pdf, 66kb). We were going to write that it says only 37% of people questioned believe the figures are generally accurate and that only 17% of people believe the figures are produced without political interference.

However, as they are the organisation that provide official statistics, only 37% of us believed a word of it.
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[User Picture]From: mysterycult
2005-09-25 12:46 pm (UTC)

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Is this like the paradox of the liar or something?

Given the overwhelming public consensus that there's political interference with these figures, we should be asking: why does the powers that be want us to believe that we believe that the powers that be are interfering with the statistics?

No, wait, we shouldn't be asking that, it makes my head hurt. Curse you, powers that be.
From: amoebic_vodka
2005-09-25 01:11 pm (UTC)

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We don't know, but the footnote to the report says:

"National Statistics are produced to high professional standards set
out in the National Statistics Code of Practice. They undergo regular
quality assurance reviews to ensure that they meet customer needs.
They are produced free from any political interference."

Does that help? We are so confused.
From: (Anonymous)
2005-09-26 02:00 pm (UTC)

The Truth

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I always state that my research is just an interpretation of holy texts and thus anyone who disagrees with it can go to hell. The public only believe something when it's accompanied with the rasping spank of my shoe.

- sickboyedd