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Unlikely story proves most unlikely

The TaxPayers’ Alliance has published an article headlined “More evidence that lower spending is popular”.

TPA campaign director Mark Wallace begins: “More evidence has emerged today of the popularity of cuts in the level of public spending, from the most unlikely source: Harriet Harman.”

A complicated-looking graph adds gravitas.

This is sensational news. Except, as Mark’s second sentence reveals, the source isn’t Harriet Harman; it’s right-wing blogger Guido Fawkes. And Guido’s “research” consists of a survey of people who read his blog.

So the headline should read “More evidence that lower spending is popular among readers of a right-wing blog”. Which is less sensational.

Posted by Other TPA at 02:41pm on 10 July 2009
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