Friday, June 23, 2006

Ignorance is Strength

Whilst we were having a spring clean of our work desks we came across a copy of "Safer Greenwich" from Spring 2006. For those that don't remember, this was one of the bits of propaganda put out about four weeks before the local elections. It was published under the guise of being news from one of Council's many "partnerships". We're not going to labour the point about the timing of it though, or the fact that it was paid for by the taxpayer. Instead we thought we'd have a quick look at some of the "facts" in it.

According to the leaflet, the number of burglaries in Greenwich since November 2005 had fallen by 5%. We took a quick look on the Met's website and according to that burglary in the borough is actually up by nearly 10%. The leaflet also says that "robberies in Greenwich have fallen by 18%", yet according to the Met robbery is up by 12% this year.

Remember the Ministry of Truth's motto, "Ignorance is Strength"


Anonymous gmt said...

Labour lies .... whatever next??

12:06 pm  
Blogger Inspector Sands said...

The trouble with this, though, is... why should London boroughs be taking any kind of responsibility for crime and policing, anyway?

Say someone gets badly mugged underneath Deptford Bridge station. Does Greenwich borough police have to deal with it because the victim fell underneath the southbound platform, or does Lewisham borough police have it because he bumped his head the other side of an imaginary line in the pavement?

And if this sort of incident gets used for political purposes, which borough will have to carry the can for another figure on all-important league tables? And because someone gets a thumping in Deptford, why should that be used as political capital in Abbey Wood (southbound platform) or Beckenham Hill (northbound platform) What does that achieve?

Stupid statistics created by and used by those too lazy to do any better.

2:00 am  
Blogger said...

Lies, damned lies and statistics

7:59 am  

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