Articles tagged: Political spin

Mandelson spends £500 per week on flowers for his office

March 24, 2009

According to The Sun (so it must be true), the fragrant ‘Lord’ Peter Mandelson, Business Minister of the sinking ship of state formerly known as UK Plc. spends £500.00 of taxpayers’ money per week (£25,000 per year) on flowers for his office. If so, he is only following in the footsteps of another old Tony crony. In 1998, Lord Chancellor Derry Irvine infamously commissioned wallpaper and curtains for his grace and favour apartment at an alleged cost of £145,000 (we were denied the details under the Official Secrets Act!). Mandelson... More

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