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Tuesday, 14 May 2013

A systemic culture of 'statistical deception' operates within the UK Government & the Bank of England

Iain Duncan Smith, Minister For Deception - has taken a leaf out of Hitler's book 'Mein Kampf' - "The bigger the lie, the more it will be believed" & twisted it around! 

The Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has been caught lying 'yet again' about the government's vicious welfare policies this week - this time by the official statistics watchdog. Smith's department claimed in April that the number of people set to be hit by his cap on benefits had fallen from 56,000 to 40,000, with 8,000 of those people finding work through job centres.

But the UK Statistics Agency stated that the claim was "unsupported" by his own department's numbers - the Tory minister used the deceptive statistics to claim the cap was "clearly having the desired impact."

Meanwhile the
Bank of England governor Mark Carney says 'UK rates will be held until unemployment falls'.

Mr Carney announced that interest rates will remain at a record low of 0.5 per cent until high unemployment figures are brought to below 7 per cent. Outlining his strategy of "forward guidance," the new chief of Britain's central bank predicted that won't happen until at least 2016 due to government inaction.

The problem is: there has been & continues in place a systemic culture of 'fiddling of the books' within government departments & 'big business'. Within the DWP the true statistical unemployment figure in Britain, has been altered so many times - it fundamentally lacks credibility.

The recent economic collapse was due to 'vulture capitalists' speculating, using statistical deception to deceive other investors - 'fiddling the books' !!

BoE's Mark Carney
said: The Bank of England needs to ensure that Britain's banks change their culture:

He went on to say: "The cultural issue is fundamentally important. There has to be a change in the culture of these institutions. This is the weakest recovery on record. There are a million more people unemployed today than before this financial crisis and many who have jobs would like to work more than they currently can".

Our question to the governor is this: How can the general public trust politicians, bankers & government ministers when a systemic culture of deception continues to operate ?  Mark Carney your comments regarding unemployment is nothing more than 'hot air' !

Corporate business use clever accounting practices to avoid paying tax, the governor & government continues to use 'statistical deception' regarding the state of the economy.

When government ministers & bankers make up evidence to justify their policies, it's an indication of their desperation and their unsuitability for office.Whether being caught out three times by the UK Statistics Authority for the same offence makes Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith a serial offender is up for debate. But it also shows that no-one should invest trust in his analysis of data without seeking a second or third opinion.

He was criticised in January 2012 for misrepresenting the scale of benefits claimed by immigrants and in 2010 for "serious deficiencies" in his handling of housing statistics. It could be that Duncan Smith is just not very good at figures, although this would jar with his self-praise of having based ministerial practice on his experience in the private sector - otherwise known as being given a job by his father-in-law.

In any case, anyone lacking expertise in analysing statistics would normally seek assistance or even read a document fully to avoid falling into the trap of drawing conclusions against which there was an explicit health warning. The unavoidable inference is that Duncan Smith didn't read the Ad-hoc Statistics on JobCentre Plus Activity document fully, didn't understand it or understood it but decided to misrepresent it.

The temptation to draw false conclusions is strong because he had a vested interest in making people believe that bringing in a £26,000-a-year benefit cap had spurred 8,000 people to stop claiming and get a job. Duncan Smith's problem is that it wasn't true, but unemployed people claiming benefits have a bigger problem of his making. His assertion chimes with government propaganda that there are plenty of jobs available and that too many people opt to live on benefits as a "lifestyle choice."

This self-serving lie absolves the conservative coalition government of responsibility for the level of unemployment and transfers the onus onto the jobless themselves, feeding an image of feckless families refusing to work rather than portraying the reality of a capitalist system that cannot provide the number of jobs necessary.

Respect For the Unemployed & Benefit Claimants demands an apology from the Work and Pensions Secretary to both unemployed workers & Parliament for his deceptive slur against them.There's an obvious need for a welfare system that guards against abuse, but, in reality, fraudulent claims are a drop in the ocean as a proportion of the welfare bill - just 0.7 per cent of total benefit expenditure or £1.2 billion, which is slightly below the amount of underpayments paid to legitimate claimants.

We therefore call upon the 'Speaker of the House of Commons' to: Expel Iain Duncan Smith.

After being outed as a liar, and after more than 100,000 people signed a petition calling for him to be held to account, Iain Duncan Smith has been called before - Parliament's 'Work and Pensions Committee' to be held to account for 'statistical deception'.

We NOW learn that he will, after all, be appearing to give evidence before the committee on the production and release of the Department for Work and Pensions - DWP statistics in September, despite evading that committee & having been postponed in June & July.

If he won’t defend himself, then he must stand guilty of the offence. This brings us to the question of the penalty he should pay.

Respect For the Unemployed & Benefit Claimants refers to the following & makes this 'public statement': "Under British Parliamentary Convention: There is an offence, here in the UK, known as Contempt of Parliament. An MP is guilty of this if he or she deliberately misleads Parliament, and any MP accused of the offence may be suspended or expelled.

He must either admit that he lied to Parliament and to the people - in order to justify his despicable treatment of the most vulnerable people in this country… therefore he must be expelled from Parliament like the disgrace that he is.

Point of reference: If any MP is found to have lied & deceived the 'House of Commons' an MP can then be expelled from parliament:

We hereby DEMAND the so-called honourable member Iain Duncan Smith a leading figure within the Conservatives be expelled from the House of Commons, Palace of Westminster"

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Who are the real scroungers ? Tens of billions of pounds are not received every year from wealthy individuals and corporations by dint of government-approved tax avoidance schemes, including the use of tax havens. The government has promised to crack down on "aggressive" tax avoidance, which David Cameron & Downing Street calls "inappropriate," but it is difficult to square this with his government's constant staff reductions at HMRC.

Certainly there has been no top-level campaign to abolish offshore tax havens, over half of which are subject to the Crown. But barely a day passes without the right-wing mass media running flesh-crawling stories about claimants, often born overseas, ripping off the taxpayer.This one-sided approach underpins the symbiotic relationship between media and politicians, encouraging unscrupulous politicians to make it up as they go along to peddle the anti-working class agenda they share.

Our advice to the Bank of England governor Mark Carney the truth, end the 'statistical deception' within all sectors of business. Bringing economic stability requires credible statistics regarding the true state of the economy - don't believe the
'statistical deception' regarding the 'unemployment' situation in Britain.         
Learn the lessons of history OR we risk repeating it - don't believe or accept the 'blame game of hatred' !!

Adolf Hitler in his book Mein Kampf stated & blamed Jews using the phrase: "the principle & which is quite true in itself & that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily,"

The Jewish people in the 1930's were NOT to blame, the unemployed are NOT to blame, the disabled are NOT to blame - the blame is firmly at the door of CAPITALISM - the whole rotten system needs replacing !!

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