Or if they\’re not lying scumbags then they\’re either innumerate or entirely incapable of actually looking up numbers.
So, via Ritchie, we get this:
Today the Telegraph reported a government claim that 900,000 people had given up disability allowance claims because of the threat of medical examinations. The clear implications was that this was the result of their ATOS medical system and their drive towards a Universal Credit system.
The Tories said all these people claimed benefits because Labour encouraged them to do so.
A thorough left wing researcher called Steve Walker has also shown today that this is a straightforward lie. Not a bit of a lie but a complete and utter total fabrication of a lie. The sort only Gobbels would have thought he could have got away with it is so big.
Steve Walker looked at an MSN version the story and traced the data source. The data relates to be period 2002 to 2009, before the Conservatives came into office.
So, let\’s look at Steve Walker\’s post.
The government’s ‘latest figures’ currently go up to 2009 – the year before the coalition government took office.
Ooooh, my. So I click through to the page he links to and find:
Geographic coverage: Great Britain
Time coverage: 2002 to 2009
Type of data: Administrative data
And I think, hmm, that\’s a bit strange. The Government will have data on disability payment claimants a little more recent than that. They must do, they write the cheques after all.
So I actually went and downloaded the data set itself.
benefit claimants – disability living allowance
ONS Crown Copyright Reserved [from Nomis on 1 April 2013]
item name all entitled cases
condition any disabling condition
Date Great Britain England Wales Scotland England and Wales Great Britain and abroad Abroad (outside GB) Overseas (outside GB) or unknown
August 2002 2,471,650 1,995,090 203,170 273,380 2,198,270 2,473,960 – 2,310
August 2003 2,590,960 2,091,820 212,520 286,610 2,304,340 2,593,270 – 2,320
August 2004 2,690,470 2,173,470 219,690 297,310 2,393,160 2,692,910 – 2,440
August 2005 2,768,160 2,237,510 224,590 306,050 2,462,110 2,770,790 – 2,630
August 2006 2,833,670 2,292,910 228,110 312,650 2,521,020 2,836,320 – 2,660
August 2007 2,930,600 2,376,320 232,950 321,330 2,609,270 2,933,180 – 2,580
August 2008 3,020,700 2,453,320 237,460 329,930 2,690,770 3,023,770 – 3,070
August 2009 3,119,290 2,537,590 241,780 339,920 2,779,370 3,122,750 – 3,450
August 2010 3,200,540 2,609,180 244,740 346,620 2,853,910 3,204,280 – 3,740
August 2011 3,246,880 2,652,740 245,560 348,590 2,898,300 3,251,180 – 4,300
August 2012 3,296,380 2,698,340 246,300 351,740 2,944,630 3,301,050 – 4,680
So, err, the information goes up to Aug 2012 then.
I will agree that I cannot see any mass fleeing of disability allowance in those figures. But it does rather explode Walker\’s insistence that the figures only go up to 2009, doesn\’t it?
So there we go, Walker gets to shout and scream that:
\”The Tories and their press allies are past masters at stripping away the context so they can use the resulting distortions to attack their victims with impunity or even the approval of an ignorant public.
It’s shameful. Damnable. Criminal.
And entirely typical of the odious bunch of worms and snakes who are pretending to run the country while lining the pockets of their friends and backers.\”
And Ritchie can say:
So what do we learn?
First the Telgraph lies.
Second the Tories lie, blatantly.
Third, whatever problem there was Labour had solved it. Whatever has happend since is victimisation and bullying.
Last, IDS will do anything to abuse people, ably backed by Cameron, Osborne, Clegg, Alexander and the mass of their MPs.
To describe what is happening now as a propaganda driven programme of victimisation by organised hatred sounds melodramatic, but it\’s also the truth.
I am ashamed that these people have power in this country.
And all because a civil servant (you know, one of those necessary to make the Courageous State a reality) has updated the figures as he was supposed to but forgotten to tell everyone so on the landing page.
There is a larger point here too. Don\’t forget, these people on the left are the ones who insist that it is possible to understand the economy sufficiently in real time to be able to plan it. We know enough, have good enough statistics, to be able to work out how to manage things through the political system.
And yet they are incapable of checking to see whether a statistical series goes to 2009 or 2012. Doesn\’t give us all a lot of hope about their numerical or planning ability, does it?
BTW, given that Walker\’s \”finding\” is indeed that the numbers only go to 2009, that\’s his entire case, numbers that we now know go all the way to Aug 2012, a wondrous prize for the first person to spot a walkback by any of these oh so outraged innumerate lefties.
To such lefties: please note that I\’m not defending, here, ATOS, calling all those on benefit layabouts. The response \”But all Tories are bastards anyway\” will probably have me agreeing with you. This is not the point here.
Walker\’s entire case is that the figures only go up to 2009. This is not true. Therefore Walker\’s case is false.