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Lies, Damn Lies, and Labour


Warning: This post was published more than 12 years ago.

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From this poster, you might get the impression that interest rates have halved under Labour. An easy mistake to make, I agree. Sadly, though, it isn’t true. When Labour came to power, the interest rate was 6.25%. It’s now 4.75%. If Mr Brown’s maths thinks that’s interest rates halved, then how on earth are we supposed to trust his budgets?

The Conservatives have produced some figures that you can argue about, but they have a pretty clear explanation of how they’ve done their calculations and why they’ve done them that way. And, as it happens, they haven’t used the figures that would show Labour in the worst light: They’ve tried to be as logical as possible using the next-to-useless government figures produced by Labour. Their crime ads are blatantly misleading, though, and quite a disappointment because of this. But, by my count, Labour are still streets ahead on the number of blatant lies they’ve told during this pre-election campaign. But then, Alan Milburn said he’d do anything to win. Labour should be ashamed.

This 465th post was filed under: Election 2005.

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Torture or interrogation? (published 28th October 2006)

Introducing The Zimmers… (published 25th May 2007)

Review: Bad Pharma by Ben Goldacre (published 20th March 2013)

Blair, 08.10, Today, tomorrow (published 21st February 2007)

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