Uses and abuses of statistics

Click on the links below to find radio programmes and other resources discussing the use and abuse of statistics to describe social and political life.

  • Hear Andrew Dilnot (Chair, UK Statistics Authority), bring to life the numbers that highlight the patterns and trends that have transformed Britain in A History of Britain in Numbers (BBC Radio 4)
  • Check out Channel 4's blog Factcheck which "goes behind the spin to dig out the truth and separate political fact"
  • Listen to More or Less with Tim Harford who explains - and sometimes debunks - the numbers and statistics used in political debate, the news and everyday life (BBC Radio 4)
  • Follow Ben Goldacre's blog on Bad Science which often focuses on "bad" data - and bad analysis