Comment 63144

By Borrelli (registered) | Posted May 06, 2011 at 09:33:48

Good point, Adrian--I believe that this willful ignorance is partially the point of the Census redevelopment by the Tories. If you have less quality data to work with, you can avoid answering important social questions like those to do with the gendered division of labour. It's all part of a concerted campaign to mystify statistics, and delegitimize their use in social policy.

It's happening with jails right now, where the Conservatives are making crime policy while willfully ignoring data that points to decreases in crime. They further confuse the issue by bringing up the specter of "unreported crime" which is in itself, laughable. It has allowed them to redirect the way social policy is developed by convincing people that opinions and beliefs are stronger indicators of "the way things are" then methodically collected empirical data.

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