torsdag 13 juli 2017

Statistics are lifeblood of democracy, and need to be protected

Quality of life depends on quality of statistics
Anthony Hilton | London Evening Standard:
People rarely think about this but the quality of daily life depends hugely on the quality of statistics.

How much do you pay for your flood insurance? How congested are the roads? How far does your child travel to school? How long do you wait for a hospital appointment? How polluted is the air? How large is your pension? The list goes on.

What governments decide is political; but the areas in which they intervene, the order on which they do things and the way a decision, once made, is implemented, relies on the available data.