Refereeing the abusers of statistics

Author: Oz Flanagan

Statistics being used to conveniently back-up a certain point of view or simply quoting false facts has always been an issue since the dawn of politics and newspapers. In the UK this issue has really come to life recently with some glaring statistic missteps by politicians and media figures.

In the video below, Sir Andrew Dilnot of the UK Statistics Authority and Will Moy from the
Full Fact
website discuss how politicians of all colours have been caught out by citing imperfect facts. They go on to talk about public trust in official statistics and their interpretation in the media.

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