Category Archives: statistics

Trump’s gigantic wall is a medieval response to a non-problem

1 The USA has a population of 326.8 million (Britain has a population of 65.6 million people) and 2 The USA has a landmass of 3.797 million sq. miles (Britain is 80.823 sq. miles) and 3 Therefore the USA needs … Continue reading

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A Bizarre, Wonderful Democracy: the London Borough of Havering, 2018

The May, 2018 election was keenly fought in the London Borough of Havering. Havering is a thriving democracy with nine parties elected to the council chamber. There were 2011 candidates for 54 elected positions. The people of Havering favour the … Continue reading

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International Trade: Neither Trump or Johnson understand this

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The Amazing Size of Africa

Africa is three times bigger than the USA. Look again at the standard Mercator map and you see that Greenland appears to be the same size as Africa, and yet Africa is actually fourteen times the size of Greenland! You … Continue reading

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Nationwide Building Society: July 2017

Along with virtually every other bank and building society Nationwide work hard at attracting savers. This is their latest offering and in truth it isn’t bad i.e. it is quite attractive. However it is locking savers into negative interest rates … Continue reading

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Three Men in a Boat syndrome: the use and abuse of statistics

I remember going to the British Museum one day to read up the treatment for some slight ailment of which I had a touch—hay fever, I fancy it was. I got down the book, and read all I came to … Continue reading

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George Osborne’s Politicisation of Welfare in Britain 2010-15

The Coalition government 2010-15 effectively won the economic argument that the British welfare budget had ballooned out of control in the Labour era (1997-2010). This intellectual and political victory produced the brilliant rhetorical flourish from the Chancellor ‘We’re all in … Continue reading

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