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Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 05/08/2009 - 11:11

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Is Government policy an evidence-free zone?

Credit where it's due. A House of Commons committee plans to ask the Government Office for Science on what evidence policies are based.

Nigel Hawkes :: Mon, 03/08/2009 - 09:27

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Gender Inequality - it's a jungle out there

Radio 4’s flagship, the Today programme, has fallen for a common misrepresentation of the gap in pay between men and women.

Fri, 17/07/2009 - 10:48

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Perception of crime

Interesting article today in The Independent by Amol Rajan about why the perception of crime and its reality remain far apart. Crime falls, but the perception of crime doesn't.

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 14/07/2009 - 11:47

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Call a cab for Sir Humphrey

The Taxpayers' Alliance, an estimable body which seeks out waste and tries to prevent it, is vexed by Whitehall's taxi bill. It's £8 million a year, apparently. Mathew Elliot, the alliance's chief executive, calls this "excessive".

Mon, 29/06/2009 - 13:44

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Regional imbalances

Government spending is set to rise to 50 per cent of GDP in 2010-11, according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research. In 2007-08 it was 41.1 per cent.

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 23/06/2009 - 16:18

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A Sense of Place: national survey fails to overcome apathy

 Four out of five people are satisfied with their local area as a place to live, a new survey published today by the Department of Communities and Local Government (CLG) has found. But issues about how the survey was designed and carried out, together with an embarrassingly low response rate to some questions, suggest we shouldn’t attach too much importance to the findings.

Sun, 14/06/2009 - 23:00

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Failing to Figure

Civitas has published a report by Mervyn Stone, Emeritus Professor of Statistics at University College London accusing  the Government of "sidelining honesty and truth" in major poli

Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 11/06/2009 - 23:00

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Does Britain really waste a third of the food it buys?

Hilary Benn, the Environment Minister, deserves credit for promising an end to sell-by and best-before dates.

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 07/04/2009 - 14:29

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Playing fast and loose

 Playing fields are safe with us, the Government claims. But the arithmetic behind its claim may not be as simple as it seems. 

 It asserts that while 10,000 playing fields were sold off for development under the Conservatives between 1979 and 1997, only 192 have been sold since.

Tue, 07/04/2009 - 00:00

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Measuring Migration

THE bid to stregthen the UK's creaking system to measuring migration needs stronger management, says the Statistics Authority in a new report.