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Lies, damned lies and the Daily Mail’s interpretation of statistics

August 31, 2009

Whilst I was away (again), others (here, here & here) were quick to point out the Daily Mail’s mis-interpretation of the latest government migration statistics [pdf], they cover the subject quite well so I won’t go too far into it the basis of the Mail’s stance is thus:

More and more dirty immigrants are coming over here, stealing our jobs, and then having the bloody cheek to procreate, meaning that there are even more of the blighters, robbing the white, middle-class Mail readership of their fair share of public services by over-populating Britain to the tune of 61 million.

In fact the reality is immigration has “soared” by only 0.7% and Britain is in fact not the “2nd most densely populated country”, but the 52nd. But sod the truth; the truth doesn’t support the Mail’s Britain: a Britain where feral migrants run riot through our streets, performing repeated sex acts while the “indigenous, middle-classes” look on in horror.

So it was unsurprising to see the headline “One out of every 5 killers is an immigrant“. Even without probing any further, surely what this really shows is “Four out of every 5 killers is British”? But if you actually have the time to read the article beneath the headline, you find out that:

11 out 30 forces which responded claimed they did not record nationalities of either killers or murder victims, and others had gaps in the information.

Nevermind that there is a total of 52 police forces in the UK and only 19 could provide conclusive statistics which show the ethnic backgrounds of convicted “killers”, meaning that the figures are in no way representative of the UK as a whole. Nevermind that, by the Mail’s own admission, there were some forces which had recorded no unlawful killings by foreigners.

It’s an old journo trick to use statistics to add weight to an otherwise flimsy argument, even if they may be slightly misleading. But to base an entire story on unrepresentative statistics to fuel hatred against immigrants is journalism at it’s worst. But then again why should the Mail report the truth when lies and misleading use of statistics provide it with the perfect ammunition it needs to wheel out it’s racist agenda?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 10, 2013 4:36 am

    Well, I agree with what you wrote, but not with all of it. Regardless, it’s all very good material. Thanks!

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