Articles tagged: Colin Stagg

Lies, damned lies and statistics. Over 1000 people asked for ID cards – counted over TWO years

December 19, 2008

In a demonstration of the contempt for sensible interpretation of statistics which recently got the UK government into trouble for claiming that knife crime had fallen based on a sample of 78 incidents over three months, “Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has said that 1,142 messages from the public to the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) between November 2006 and October 2008 were classified as ‘wants an ID card’. This made ID-card requests “by far the most common subject matter”, Smith said in response to a parliamentary question from Liberal Democrats’ Home Affairs spokesperson... More

A Victory for Local Oddballs Everywhere

The news that Rachel Nickell’s killer, Robert Napper, has been convicted of the crime, will doubtless bring relief to Ms. Nickell’s long-suffering loved ones. But perhaps no-one will be more relieved than Colin Stagg, the eccentric but completely innocent man whom the police decided had dunnit, and who, despite having had his trial for the crime thrown out of court, has lived under a cloud of “no smoke without fire” suspicion for sixteen years. Stagg was the victim of an erroneous psychological profile, which mistook his lonely, squalid lifestyle for... More