Wednesday 17 March 2010

Unemployment down: more statistical chicanery

Our government just gets more and more akin to the Soviets. In a twisted sleight-of-hand lie to the voting public, we are lead to believe that unemployment has gone down this month. Pretty handy just before an election, eh? ;-)

However, you don't have to be a genius to work out that people who have been unemployed for one year and one day, have not magically converted instead into something "economically inactive", they are still "unemployed".

Not according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) though. The UK government's very own Ministry of Truth, for anyone who has read George Orwell's 1984. (If you haven't read 1984, you really should -- but to summarise for you, up is down, black is white, I am holding up as many fingers in front of you as I tell you I am, the Ministry of Love will beat you senseless until you agree with it and come to love Big Brother even while his boot is stamping on your face and the faces of everyone you love.)

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