More statistics troubles
Sources inside the Home Office have revealed still more anger about December’s misleading knife crime stats.
I am informed that the department’s statisticians had “no idea” that Downing Street and their own media department were putting out a release which included unchecked, inappropriate and selective numbers.
It seems that no-one in the press office or Number Ten thought it might be a good idea to have a quick chat with the Home Office’s own stats people.
Despite what the Home Secretary has said, this isn’t a story about over-excitable press officers failing to follow some internal code to the letter. The rules on statistical releases are laid down by statute – laws which had only just come into force and should have been fresh in their minds.