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Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 04/05/2010 - 14:02

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Notional seats in Wales provoke a row

The BBC’s coverage of the General Election in Wales has triggered an angry response from the Mayor of Caernarfon, Councillor Hywel Roberts.

Nigel Hawkes :: Mon, 03/05/2010 - 17:10

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Haves, have-nots, and have-yachts: a tale of PCT allocations

Of all the magnificent sleights of hand attributed to statistical science, few come close to matching the formula by which NHS funds are allocated to primary care trusts (PCTs).

Rishab Mehan :: Thu, 22/04/2010 - 09:39

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ID cards sinking in a wave of apathy

Meg Hillier MP, Minister for Identity, was right when she said, “Whenever identity cards are mentioned it's always been with the word ‘controversial’.”

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 21/04/2010 - 08:34

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Pre-release gives the PM a head start

Sue Cameron points out in the Financial Times today that Gordon Brown will see the economic statistics showing whether we are pulling out of recession before tomorrow’s TV debate, wh

Rishab Mehan :: Tue, 13/04/2010 - 16:57

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UKIP gets its facts wrong on Europe

When a political party puts enormous weight on a single issue, you’d hope they have their facts right about it.

Rishab Mehan :: Fri, 09/04/2010 - 14:34

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Mixed messages on inequality

In the midst of an election campaign it’s inevitable that various long-term statistics will be coming out of the woodwork.

Nigel Hawkes :: Fri, 09/04/2010 - 08:34

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Political Plotting takes a turn

Remember Left Foot Forward’s bold extrapolation of the political polls which I had a bit of fun with on this

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, 17/03/2010 - 17:34

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I was wrong, admits Gordon Brown

The Prime Minister admitted in the House of Commons today that defence expenditure had not risen in real terms in every year since 1997, a claim he made to the Chilcot Inquiry and to Parliame

Nigel Hawkes :: Fri, 05/03/2010 - 17:13

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Political Plotting

The political blogging site Left Foot Forward, which represents itself as an “evidence –based analysis of British politics” yesterday published a bold extrapolation of recen