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“Lies, Damn Lies and . . . . “

I’m still tossing up the the continuation of this – Statistics or Politicians!  Here in Australia we are in the grip of a Federal Election – there are eleven days of pre-election hell still to go through.  And then there will be the post-election gloating . . . . .

Rudd and Howard

Anyway I think that that just about sums up my feelings on that particular subject, on with the post.  In a pre-campaign election campaign (that will take some explaining, but apparently it’s all tied-up in who gets to pay for the pollies gadding-around electioneering – before the “official” launch they can pay for travel and so-on out of their electorate fund, after that the party pays) where the two main parties are trying to out spend each other with their “me-too” policies, there hasn’t been too much to distinguish either party.  So what happens?  Well it seems that the reporters / media agencies need to go and stir-up something, this comes in the form of the “Who would you rather see in the nude?” survey.

Well it turns out that with this amazing piece of social research – 34% wanted to see Rudd in the Nudd, with 16% wanting Little Johnny (source Reuters [^]).  What no-one seems to mention is, that by my calculations, an amazing 50% of the population would rather have the politicians with their clothes on!  I’m just amazed about the half that would like to see one or the other with no clothes.  It just goes to show that the adage that there are “Lies, damn lies and statistics” still holds, but the Politicians and Reporters who use them are just as bad!

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