Back in June, I invited readers to write to their coalition MPs to challenge them to address the issue of the government’s clearly-intentional abuse of statistics to tell outright lies on various matters, especially regarding the disabled, the unemployed and the NHS. The government was rebuked by the UK Statistics Authority for its claim that 900,000 people had dropped their disability benefit claims rather than be medically tested, that thousands of people had returned to work because of its benefits cap, and for claiming increased real-terms NHS spending when nothing of the sort was true.
A good number of people took up the challenge and wrote to their MPs before sharing their responses with the SKWAWKBOX, and the responses were remarkable – not least because many of them parroted exactly the same pre-prepared response, including Treasury minister Sajid Javid.
One email arrived fairly recently, detailing a reply by…
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