BBC Radio 4 -- The Report -- Election leaflets

9 December 2010

I’m on The Report today talking about dodgy statistics and electoral malpractice.

The Report, BBC Radio 4, 9 December 2010

Reporter Simon Cox asks how unique the circumstances of the Oldham East election were. Phil Woolas was found guilty of making claims about his opponent’s personal character or conduct that he knew to be untrue. But candidates can use many other tricks to deceive voters that are within the rules. The Report asks whether the law that was used to strip the former Oldham East MP of his seat has kept up with the reality of modern electioneering.

ElectionLeaflets.org (formerly The Straight Choice)

Roger Godsiff’s leaflet (Labour, Birmingham Hall Green)

My posts on this subject:

How to lie with statistics, Liberal Democrat style (John Dixon’s leaflet in Cardiff North) 27 April 2010

Lib Dems' leaflets: Legal, indecent, dishonest, untruthful 4 June 2009

With lies like these I’d rather the Lib Dems fiddled their expenses 15 May 2009