Lies, damned lies, statistics and Brexit

Stole my headline! But in truth, a better, more thorough write up than I could manage xx

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There is an idiom that was popularised in USA by Mark Twain, who attributed it to the British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” There is now a fourth kind, a Theresa May lie.

Theresa May finished her so-called Brexit plan speech by saying that ‘the government has 65 million people willing it to make a success of Brexit’. She not only totally dismissed opposing views of just under half of the referendum turnout but of people who are part of that population but for one reason or another had no say in what she implied in a single sentence. I therefore wish to use some simple demography to show that she is a liar. As a social scientist I was obliged to learn ‘quantitative methods’. That means that what I was taught was how to use particular means of measuring an almost infinite…

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