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January 10, 2006

Polly Watch.

This statement may indeed be true but Polly doesn’t prove it:

Look at the facts: 2.7 million claim IB, but the number is falling fast, with 100,000 fewer new claimants in the past year.

That there are fewer new claimants does not mean that the total number is falling. We also need to know how many are coming off the benefit.

January 10, 2006 in Mathematics | Permalink


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She means simply claimants, though I can't verify the 100k figure, in the 12 months to May it was down about 40k.

Posted by: Matthew | Jan 10, 2006 12:42:51 PM

Don't forget that Polly is the person who declared that there was no real support for the return of capital punishment when The Guardian ran a poll that showed that the unusaually low figure of 56% of the population wanted it to return. I suppose a por grasp of figures must be a great help if you need to hold Guardian style attitudes. Normal arithmetical ability would tend to make some of Polly's attitudes more difficult to hold.

Posted by: simon | Jan 11, 2006 3:05:12 PM