Lies, da*n lies and statistics

Something rather different today.  Paul sent us a link to an article in Woman & Home (!) a few days ago.

We quote from it:

“The most and least happy spots in the UK have been revealed, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).”

“The most miserable place to be was calculated to be Surrey Heath in Surrey. The South East English town scored 6.71.”

Of course, similar extracts from a recent publication by the Office of National Statistics have also appeared elsewhere.

We have just two comments.  First, this graph is a further extract from the ONS data:

It seems unlikely that the position has really changed that much over the last year.

Secondly, according to an item in the press recently: “The ONS told the people of Corby, Northamptonshire this week that ‘they were officially living in Britain’s unhappiest place'”  So that’s clear, then…


7 thoughts on “Lies, da*n lies and statistics

  1. Pretty inaccurate by most indicators to say Surrey Heath is that bad…BUT undoubtedly SHBC and absentee MP contribute to the negatives, as peeps know they look after themselves and not the tax payers.

    • I suppose that residents largely have themselves to blame (assume that the data are correct). But I agree, ‘them upstairs’ don’t bring the community together very much. A programme of ‘events’ isn’t the same thing as getting people involved.

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