Surprise, surprise. George Osborne’s, favourite statistic is – how shall I put it politely – nonsense.
I fear pointing out dodgy claims and counter-claims will become a regular feature of the blog during the election so, as a precaution, I’ve added a number to the title.
In his Mais lecture last week and appearing today, the shadow chancellor claimed:
“We are coming to the end of the first full Parliament since the Second World War when national income per person has actually declined.”
I was initially quite impressed by the statistic until I checked it out. Don’t believe it. It is not true. In the 1979 to 1983 Parliament, real national income per head also fell.
Mr Osborne also phrases the question a little differently. Last week he said:
“When people ask the famous question – “are you better off than you were five years ago?” – this will be the first election in modern British history when the answer from the government must be ‘no’.”