Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

This has been doing the rounds today - Buzzfeed's inevitable list of LibDem data misgivings. No one still takes these seriously, do they?

It's the classic LibDem trick of painting a two horse race to try and trick the voter into thinking that any third choice is a wasted vote.

The strangulation of the political party system has got a lot to answer for. I like to think that the electorate has more intelligence than the party twonks give them credit.

It was unfortunate that @LambethLabour picked up on the Buzzfeed list. You may remember how the Comrades aren't exactly innocent when it comes to data manipulation.

There was the Herne Hill Horror from back in 2010, when the Green party was completely erased from political history.

And then there was yer man Chuka, still a ...progressive innocent Parliamentary candidate, putting it about that it was a two horse race up in Streatham. The LibDems can't win here, etc.

Of which they didn't of course.

Treating the electorate with such contempt only leads to the electorate treating ballots papers with equal contempt.


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By Jason A.Cobb, Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 1:23 PM. All baking done on premises.