8/22/2008

Glass half full or half empty ? Is there anything Labour will not try and take the credit for ?

Tom Watson MP has put on his blog the rather odd headline that the average age of people in the UK has risen from 37 to 39. His headline seems to be trying to take credit for this as a Labour achievement.

Perhaps the alternative headline would be that putting aside immigrants who live in the UK (and do not hold British passports), British citizens are having less children because we simply cannot afford to have children due to rising prices, lack of childcare provision and the need to have two incomes in households.

Could it be Tom Watson MP that the average age of a person in Britain has risen to 39 because there are less young people ?

That's the problem with spinning statistics (which Labour have become so good/bad at). You can use them to make any case you want. It's the glass half full or glass half empty concept of politics. The problem is that Labour are so very desperate for anything positive to say that a story about average ages is the very best Labour can do at the moment. Surely this highlights the level of problems they have.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

What's the average age of an Iraqi citizen under Labour ?

alanindyfed said...

Labour has a reputation for manipulating statistics and configuring information to Labour's advantage. It is always the Party which takes precedence
over the needs of the electorate, and the public is slowly becoming aware of these tactics.
Meanwhile, a memory-stick has been lost containing the records of all criminals imprisoned in Britain.

Gallimaufry said...

It's not whether the glass is half full or half empty, it's what Nulab put in the glass.

Bill Quango MP said...

alanindyfed said...

I found a memory stick on the train.
I loaded it up and it started with

A.Blair: War criminal
G.Brown: Pension theft
P.Hain: Fraud
N.Kinnock: Deception
H.Harman: Data protection act crimes
D.Browne: Murder
H.Benn : Environmental damage to farmers...

Do you think this could be the one they lost?

J said...

Could it be Tom Watson MP that the average age of a person in Britain has risen to 39 because there are less young people ?

It could be because there are fewer young people... :)

(Sorry for the pedantry, but this one really winds me up...)

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