At PMQs today, Ed Miliband questioned David Cameron on the NHS. In response to a wuestion on the 18 week target, Cameron claimed the number waiting 18 weeks had fallen since the election. Labour disagreed, saying the number had risen. Labour seem to be correct and Cameron wrong.
It’s not the first time the Tories have been caught out using dodgy stats (although Labour aren’t immune either). Here are some other instances courtesy of a comment I saw on the Guardian website:
1. Grant Shapps claims that “nearly a million people” (878,300) on incapacity benefit had dropped their claims, rather than face a new medical assessment for its successor, the employment and support allowance.
2. David Cameron falsely states in a Conservative Party political broadcast that the coalition “was paying down Britain’s debts”.
3. David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt rebuked by the Government’s own statistics watchdog yesterday for claiming that spending on the NHS…
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Dr Goebbels policy on propaganda ” The bigger the lie , then more people shall want to believe It “
Tony Dean said:
This quote by Goebbels appears to be the Tory mission statement:-
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
Mike Sivier said:
Yes indeed – I made the same point in January last year: https://mikesivier.wordpress.com/2013/01/07/the-benefit-cap-will-happen-but-we-dont-need-to-believe-the-tories-big-lie/
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