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On Monday we blogged yet more evidence that the government's serious crime stats are useless. Just three days later, we get even more evidence.
It turns out the police recorded crime stats have been hugely under-recording serious violent crime for a decade. In consequence, the total for murder, attempted murder, manslaughter and severe assaults has suddenly leaped by 22%.
Naturally the commissars blame dim coppers for not following the State Statistical Bureau's detailed 15,000 page data manufacturing manual to the letter. But as we've said many times, when you ask people to fill in their own high stakes tractor production scorecards, you're bound to get gaming problems like this. Which is one very good reason for disbelieving the official stats.
The Prog Con is aghast. Chief spokesman BBC Easton says:
"Today's statistical fiasco does not demonstrate that serious crime is soaring whatever you may read in the papers. If anything, serious violence in England and Wales is probably stable or even falling...
...The real disaster with this is that it will increase people's distrust of the data and millions will go on believing they are at increased risk of violence."
Translation: we don't need facts to support our view that serious violent crime is coming down; if only you silly little people out there would listen to us, instead of demanding "proof", your lives would be so much better.
If you can be bothered to read the latest tractor stats, they're here.