Are odd-numbered houses really worth an average of £538 more than even-numbered ones?
Driving to work the other day, my ear was caught by an advertisement by ADT for burglar alarms.
An insidious abuse of statistics is spurious accuracy.
Statistical abuse is not confined to government, advertisers, companies and advertisers. Lobbyists, including lobbyists in good causes, can do it too.
The rise of the British National Party has been attributed in part to claims that immigants are getting favourable access to social housing. The Equality and Human Rights Commission set out to investigate the claims, and concluded that they are a myth.