Iain Duncan Smith and his mouth

  carver 19:39 PM 23 May 13

It seems that Iain Duncan Smith is to be questioned over his misuse of statistics, not content with declaring he could live on £53 a week he then proceeded to falsely claim that 8,000 people had moved into work as a result of the introduction of the benefit cap.

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  oresome 20:09 PM 23 May 13

Politician manipulates figures for his own ends.

Well I never!

  lotvic 20:58 PM 23 May 13

Perhaps they'll set up a task group to see what lessons can be learned.

  john bunyan 21:17 PM 23 May 13

Perhaps a member of this forum, usually well up on statistics, should be his advisor!

  spider9 21:22 PM 23 May 13

Perhaps he already is !!

  pabby 21:30 PM 23 May 13

Might be one of the same.

  Forum Editor 01:32 AM 24 May 13

So, a Minister spouted figures that were prepared for him by an over-zealous person in his political office - it's hardly a game-changing gaffe.

No Minister can be expected to carry around meaningful statistics in a shirt pocket - they all rely on people in the office, and in this case someone crossed the interpretive line.

Worse things happen.

  Kevscar1 02:44 AM 24 May 13

and exactly how do you know he just didn't make them up

  lotvic 08:23 AM 24 May 13

To me it just re-enforces the view that you can't believe whatever figures/statistics Ministers tell us. It's not okay to shrug it off saying "Worse things happen" as if it doesn't matter.

Yes, worse things do happen, life changing decisions for the Country are made by Ministers on the backs of wrong figures.

  Quickbeam 08:32 AM 24 May 13

The Figures Don’t Lie, But Liars Do Figure adage holds true...

  carver 08:33 AM 24 May 13

F.E of cause your right, why should it matter if he just makes figures up to justify a policy that effects tens of 1000's of people.


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