Yesterday I wrote about Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling’s extraordinarily twisted use of statistics to try to justify part of the Conservatives’ ‘Broken Britain’ narrative.
Today the BBC’s Mark Easton, who broke the original story, has the news that Chris Grayling has just been sent a sharp letter from Parliament’s statistics watchdog, informing him that his mis-use of statistics about violent crime is ‘likely to damage public trust in official statistics’. The Chairman of the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA), Sir Michael Scholar, says he does ‘not wish to become involved in political controversy’, but ‘must take issue’ with Grayling’s comments ‘yesterday about violent crime statistics’.
The ‘monitoring and assessment note’ from the UKSA is politely scathing about Grayling’s false comparisons of violent crime since the Labour government came to power in 1997, stating
‘We regard a comparison, without qualification, of police recorded statistics between the late 1990s and 2008/09 as likely to mislead the public’ and concluding
‘The evidence from the BCS [British Crime Survey] is that there has not been an increase in respondents’ experience of violent crime between the late 1990s and 2008/09′.
You can read the full texts of the letter and accompanying note on Mark Easton’s blog.