The Guardian and numbers

Additionally, the Commission has acted to cut the amount of money being spent on olive trees which have been criticised for being a waste of money.

The cost of maintaining the shrubs, which dominate the MPs\’ new offices in Portcullis House, has been around £44m a year. The Commission says it has negotiated the maintenance deal of £18.5m which will include other shrubs on the parliamentary estate.

Substitute thousands for millions there laddies.

Jeebus, these Oxbridge humanities graduates just don\’t grok numbers at all, do they?

13 thoughts on “The Guardian and numbers”

  1. of course, this being a government procurement contract it’s entirely possible that the Graun has it right for once

  2. Oi oi oi. As an Oxbridge humanities graduate I’ll thank you not to lump me in with those idiots. They probably all went to one of the Jesus Colleges.

  3. Couldn’t they pay for maintainance out of the CAP subsidy they get for growing them?

  4. Bizarrely, they have now corrected the £44m figure to £44,000, but left the £18.5m figure unchanged. It now looks like they have negotiated a massively more expensive deal!

    “The cost of maintaining the shrubs, which dominate the MPs’ new offices in Portcullis House, has been around £44,000 a year. The Commission says it has negotiated the maintenance deal of £18.5m which will include other shrubs on the parliamentary estate.”

  5. The CAP 2012 payments budget for olive growers across the EU is only Eur 3 million, blokeinfrance, though there is more available if you are storing olive oil.

  6. The whole article does give a fascinating glimpse into the realm of Guardian journalism.
    A news item is about reporting facts & they seem to have got pretty well all of the facts wrong on the first attempt & are leaving one wrong on the second. But it’s also the total detachment from the real world. We are, after all, talking about pot plants here. What expanse of potted herbage would justify a £44m watering bill? The accounts for the Royal Parks, that’s St James’s, The Green, Hyde, The Regent’s and Primrose Hill, Greenwich, Richmond, Bushy and Hampton Court Parks and Kensington Gardens. Show a resource allocation for 2010/11 of just over £19m.

  7. And as Jonathan says they are fig trees (ficus something or other) not olive trees.

    Not exactly good advertising for the Grauniads environmental credentials. Wouldn’t want to be stuck in the jungle living off the land with that lot.

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