Misuse of statistics can consign a nation to oblivion

It always was bollox [H/T Wiggia]:

Civil servants at the Treasury have now dismissed the 3 million jobs claim by arguing the methodology was 10 years old and imprecise, rendering its conclusions entirely inaccurate. In fact, the myth is based entirely on a 1999 report by the National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR) that 3.2 million jobs were “associated” with exports to goods and services to the EU.

There’s simply no good economic reason for us to be in the EU, not when it prevents us from trading with the world as a whole. The National Institute for Economic and Social Research was a leftwing thinktank anyway which supported uncontrolled immigration as well. Tax Research UK was another.

The left is very good at this – setting up independent sounding organizations which do their job in providing stats and then they can fold, having done their job, to spring up later under some other name. The egregious Total Information Awareness is another.

Delve further under the rock and out crawl organizations such as Demos and probe them and find people like Mulgan, ex-Marxist, if there is such a thing as ex. Look at Blair’s Euston Manifesto and the Mark of the Beast is all over it.

Trouble is, other names pop up too, e.g. Chatham House and Tavistock and these have not been seen as left wing by many so perhaps new definitions are in order. The one I applied – Them – doesn’t quite cut the mustard in describing this sprawling shadow power.

Another problem is – people won’t delve, either because they are on that side of politics whose stats they wish to use or they’re too busy/lazy. Yet they’ll expect us to accept stats at face value.

6 comments for “Misuse of statistics can consign a nation to oblivion

  1. jack murphy
    August 19, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    The World trade Organisation deals with international trade and it not an EU organisation, it is a legally binding contract between 197 countries and has a court of arbitration. You are furthering false information. Secondly, the right wing are the very influential in creating “research” bodies with respectable names that give the illusion of non interested objectivity, for example, the Tory founded Tax payers Alliance, Iain Duncan Smith’s Centre for Social Justice, an excuse to justify cutting social welfare, Nigel Lawson, Global warming policy organisation, a front to promote shale gas drilling, the list is large.

    • August 19, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      You are furthering false information

      Ah, now I wonder which side of the ledger you might be on. The false information of the liberal elite in power is a known-known.

    • mikebravo
      August 19, 2014 at 4:43 pm


      Which false information is being furthered?
      The WTO may well have binding contracts and a court of arbitration but we are bound by the rules of the eu of which we are a member.
      We are forbidden by that organization from entering into bi-lateral trade agreements with other countries. The eu is the sole negotiator and agreeing party and we are bound by it’s agreements.

    • Bunny
      August 19, 2014 at 10:44 pm

      How does the WTO come into this? Secondly the disinformation surrounding shale drilling is outrageous with people mistaking shale gas for methane. Cutting welfare is a pretty good idea with those on the lowest incomes being hit by the lack of jobs and high prices caused by the taxation to fund it.

    • Furor Teutonicus
      August 20, 2014 at 9:12 am

      XX jack murphy August 19, 2014 at 2:38 pm
      Iain Duncan Smith’s Centre for Social Justice, an excuse to justify cutting social welfare,XX

      Well, they are not doing their job properly, you STILL have “social welfare.” (Read; “Robbery from the hard working tax payer, to give to the Jeremy Kyle addicted fat chav slob, which has never done a days work, except changing T.V channels, in its life.”)

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