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Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 17/08/2010 - 13:10

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Modest savings from targeting the "workshy"

Workshy scroungers have cost the taxpayer £28 billion over the past decade, the Daily Express splashed  on Monday.

Nigel Hawkes :: Fri, 06/08/2010 - 10:43

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Welsh-speaking wizards at it again

The Welsh Language Board tirelessly promotes the use of Welsh, in many ingenious ways.

Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 09:54

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Will benefit cuts cost lives?

As the Treasury sharpens its knife and goes in search of benefit cuts, researchers at Oxford and London have published an interesting analysis of the effects of welfare on mortality.

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 05/05/2010 - 14:08

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Presumed consent could increase organ donation rates

Gordon Brown’s in favour. So is the Chief Medical Officer, Sir Liam Donaldson, the Scottish National Party, Plaid Cymru, and other parties.

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 20/04/2010 - 10:59

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How many stranded? Take a guess

How many British people are stranded abroad by the Icelandic eruption? Anywhere between 150,000 and a million, depending on which paper you read.

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 06/04/2010 - 16:52

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No help for voters from the official statisticians

Now that a General Election has been called, can we expect the Office for National Statistics to bombard  us with useful summaries to help us make up our minds? Alas, no.

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 31/03/2010 - 20:24

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PM misrepresented immigration figures

You might have thought after the knife crime fiasco that No 10 Downing Street would have realised the danger of “mix and match” statistics.

Nigel Hawkes :: Sun, 31/01/2010 - 15:06

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UK Statistics Authority spells out priorities

 The UK Statistics Authority has issued its pre-election wish-list in a letter from the authority’s Chair, Sir Michael Scholar (pictured), to the leaders of the major political par

Fri, 22/01/2010 - 11:15

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UK Data site launched

The new Government data site,, has opened for business.

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 19/01/2010 - 16:21

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Official Statistics: are the old cannier, or just more cynical?

In December the Financial Times published a Harris survey of the public's confidence in national statistics across five European countries and the USA.