Reblogged from Ayes to the left
Osborne’s housing bubble, falling living standards and cost of living crisis are not the only problems we have threatening to derail this quasi economic recovery, we also have a massive scandal in the making about statistics abuse at the Department of Work and Pensions headed by work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith (IDS).
The right wing press and even the Guardian seem to be reluctant to investigate and expose the ‘strange’ data concerning unemployment statistics. The Great Falling Unemployment Myth. They keep telling us that unemployment is falling, it isn’t it can’t be and a cursory look at the way the statistics are being compiled and abuses would only take a few minutes.
When Mark Carney became the Governor of the Bank of England (BoE) a short while ago, he made much play about how interest rates would have to rise when unemployment hit 7%. When he first said this I immediately pointed out that the government were fiddling the unemployment statistics so much and were being so successful in doing so that we would reach that figure of 7% unemployment much sooner than he expected. I said if this happened then Carney would have no choice but to row back from raising interest rates. This is now exactly what is happening. The whole country and the economy is now balanced on the top of a house of cards which has been been built on a unsustainable housing bubble, soaring debt and false and unemployment figures.
How long before it topples?
In my opinion the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) under the instruction of the Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan-Smith is fraudulently collating sets of employment and unemployment figures for the Office National Statistics (ONS) to work on and it is not IF the economy crashes, it is WHEN it crashes! If Carney was to raise interest rates on the back of falling unemployment when it is not really falling the whole lot would come crashing down and people would lose, homes. businesses and jobs.
There has been regular statistics abuse at the DWP every set of figures that IDS is involved with are wrong, they never add up. He (and other government departments and ministers) have repeatedly caught by the UK Statistics Department and publicly rebuked for misusing stats, but they still do it and not only that, they go to the House of Commons and blatantly lie about statistics. Osborne did it last Thursday when he said that our living standards were rising, it turns out that Osborne was using stats in his figures that he knows he should never have used, in a blatant misuse of statistics which was obviously meant to deliberately deceive and this amounts to an abuse of his power.
Now not only is there an abuse of statistics at the DWP it is now set to waste over a £100 million at least on IT systems that are unfit for purpose.
And how come IDS awarded Accenture the IT contracts right up until 2018, when they were the same company that failed to deliver the last government a suitable IT system for the NHS? david Mowett the Tory MP for Warrington used to be in the employ of Accenture. Mr Mowat describes his tenure at Accenture as a success, was he still there when Accenture was the company that gave up two failing NHS contracts and then tried to paper over the cracks and claimed it had all been a roaring success? Mr Mowat retired in 2006 and in 2006 after months of negotiations, Accenture handed contracts worth £2bn over to rival Computer Sciences Corporation after getting paid just £110m for spending a third of the allotted 10 years on the job. Its hand had been forced by losses of $450m it was set to make on the deal in 2011.
David Cameron has been rebuked for telling lies in a party political broadcast and Cameron and Grant Shapps, Jeremy Hunt and Iain Duncan Smith have all been rebuked for misusing statistics, yet they are allowed to carry on with impunity both in the House and outside and they are allowed to get away with it and journalists print the guff they are fed and never ask question – why? IDS has been rebuked by the Office for National Statistics for telling lies HERE.
How dangerous is Iain Duncan Smith’s deliberate falsifying of the unemployment data? Ask Mark Carney BoE Governor as he is making decisions on interest rates on the back of unemployment data and if the data is untrue and interest rates rise it could herald a collapse in our economy.
Yet no one seems to be willing to investigate IDS and the obvious anomalies in unemployment, yet they are crucial to our economic recovery!
David Cameron actually sacked Iain Duncan Smith and he refused point blank to go and Cameron capitulated and allowed him to stay, extraordinary behaviour, anyone would think that IDS had some sort of hold over the prime minister? Could it be because Cameron and Osborne have been asking IDS to falsify the unemployment and employment statistics (and others) and he threatened to expose the lot if he was sacked from his job?
The question is under whose instruction is IDS doing this? Why is such an incompetent man able to exert so much power over the prime minister? Is a this scandal in the making and does it go right to the heart of British Government?
Yet the right wing press say nothing – why?