Johnson and Patel misled on crime stats, official watchdog rules

A Liberal Democrat press release brings the news:

The Chair of the UK Statistics Authority, Sir David Norgrove, has ruled that Boris Johnson and Priti Patel “misrepresented” crime statistics and presented them in a “misleading way”. 

It comes after Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael reported the Prime Minister and the Home Secretary to the watchdog for falsely claiming that crime had fallen by 14% between September 2019 and September 2021, when the exact opposite had happened. 

Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson, Alistair Carmichael MP, said:

This is a damning verdict from the official watchdog. Yet more distortions from Boris Johnson and his Cabinet to play down the extent of crime.

When the Government’s record on crime is so bad that both the Prime Minister and Home Secretary feel the need to fiddle the figures, it is clear we need a new approach.

The Prime Minister must come before Parliament to apologise for his latest lie and set the record straight.

Sir David Norgrove’s response to Alistair Carmichael’s letter can be found here. Alistair Carmichael’s letter can be found here.

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2 responses to “Johnson and Patel misled on crime stats, official watchdog rules”

  1. This adds Priti Patel to the growing list of leading Tories who cannot be trusted to tell the truth.
    This needs to be remembered when talking about the Nationality and Borders Bill

  2. Lies and “Economic with the Actuality” are now so ingrained in this “Government” that we can no longer trust anything they say. Boris and his acolytes keep repeating endlessly that “They Got Brexit Done” and “We are the fastest growing economy in the G7”. Has Boris seen the queues outside Dover and taken on board the chaos in Northern Ireland. Also our actual growth rate puts us 5th in the G7.

    I think these 3 quotes from “Alice in Wonderland” sum up the “Government” perfectly:-

    “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

    “It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”

    “We’re all mad here.”

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