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The politics of statistics

March 4, 2009

Phil Woolas’ criticism of the Office for National Statistics highlights the challenge of presenting ‘impartial’ or ‘unbiased’ statistics. Following the Statistics Authority’s comments on government knife crime figures, it seems that the timing of releasing data into the public domain will continue to be a political issue.

The BBC report on the issue here, with audio comment from Mark Easton and Phil Woolas.

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