Friday, September 23, 2005

lies, damn lies...

we all know that 83% of statistics are made up. thankfully, this need not matter any longer because - hold the front page- the PA wire now reports that no one believes them anyway.

yes, in the 'politics will eat itself' moment we've all been waiting for, the government has released statistics showing that 60% of people don't believe government statistics.

also, 54% believe they are subject to political influence, raising the intriguing questions of what grounds for mistrust the missing 6% have - they're made up by aliens, disguised as dogs? they never believe anything told them by someone called Tony on principle, because they dislike the name after someone called Anthony ran off with Auntie Sue in the 50s? We shall never know.

Anyway, apparently "The survey of 1,700 people reveals a lack of public confidence in official statistics, an Office of National Statistics spokesman said." Further revealing why no-one trusts statistics: they are collated and interpreted by morons.

The other thing that irritates me are the people who refuse to answer even the blandest of survey questions, adding an unnecessary element of mystery to the whole thing. the statistics story continues, "Asked whether they believed official figures were “generally accurate”, 37% of respondents agreed and 31% disagreed. The remaining 32% did not know or did not want to say. "

I mean really, it's not like it's a hard question, like "Is Angelina Jolie more or less sexy since we found out she's a heartless homewrecker?" or "Do I look fat in these trousers?"

People of the world, i despair of you.

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news story of the day: teachers bitch about kids with 'chav' names like Ashlee and Troy. They claim a 75% hit rate in identifying troublemakers from the dreadful names their parents give them...

2 Comments:

Blogger one-step-removed said...

Hmmm. My old English teacher (also artegall's) named his spawn 'Octavia' and 'Flavia'. Perhaps there is an alternate 'smug middle class arseholes' hitlist. (as in "Tarquin: Beware - likely accontaunt.")

Oh, and "they never believe anything told them by someone called Tony on principle, because they dislike the name after someone called Anthony ran off with Auntie Sue in the 50s" is not altogether improbable. I have been discriminated against because someone with my name apparently tried to daterape someone.

9/23/2005 9:02 pm  
Blogger leflange said...

A friend of mine refused to recognise my birthday because his grandmother and a former lover (NB two different people) shared it, and apparently both are deeply manipulative.

Having been tarred with the same brush, I could only respond "But Oli, I'll be miserable if you can't make it. Do you want to make me unhappy?"

9/29/2005 2:49 pm  

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