Another balls-up by Calamity Chris!

Gaffe-prone work and pensions minister Chris Grayling has made another stunning statistical screw-up - over-estimating the proportion of London households in which no one has ever worked by a factor of more than 3:1.

Gaffe-prone work and pensions minister Chris Grayling has made another stunning statistical screw-up – over-estimating the proportion of London households in which no one has ever worked by a factor of more than 3:1.

City AM reveals that Grayling’s DWP:

…rapped out a press release claiming that there are 71,000 households in London where no-one has ever worked, equivalent to 23 per cent of the capital. Perturbed by the maths, a conscientious City A.M.er rang up to check the figures, to be greeted by a red-faced spinner.

It’s actually 61,000 households, equivalent to just seven per cent of London,” she explained, apologetically.

This isn’t the first run-in Grayling has had with a calculator, of course: earlier this year, as shadow home secretary, he was publicly rebuked by the head of the UK Statistics Authority for manipulating crime statistic comparisons in the election…

Since the turn of the year, Left Foot Forward has exposed and chronicled many more Grayling gaffes:

• February 3rd: Grayling claims there was a “98 per cent increase in serious violent crime” under Labour – the true figure is actually a 43 per cent fall.

• March 9th: Grayling claims there was a 44 per cent increase in violent crime – yet failed to release any details, figures or sources to back him up.

• March 20th: Grayling is caught on camera condemning the principle behind David Cameron’s unilateral bank tax at a public meeting.

• April 4th: Grayling is secretly recorded saying hotel owners “should have the right” to bar gay couples from their premises – putting him at odds with the image of the ‘new’ Tory party.

• April 9th: Grayling is filmed on a council estate near King’s Cross station and fails to make the link between poor social housing and drug use, then later that day blunders on the issue of youth reoffending.

• April 20th: Out of hiding, Grayling refuses to say he regrets his homophobic B&B remarks – only to be slapped down by David Cameron later that same day.

• April 23rd: Grayling fails to welcome the latest fall in violent crime, bizarrely claiming the fall in violent crime is evidence that Britain is a “more dangerous country” than before.

• April 27th: Two independent fact checking websites further undermine Grayling’s claims about violent crime; once again he refueses to provide any evidence for his claims.

How would we fill our webspace without him…

As you’re here, we have something to ask you. What we do here to deliver real news is more important than ever. But there’s a problem: we need readers like you to chip in to help us survive. We deliver progressive, independent media, that challenges the right’s hateful rhetoric. Together we can find the stories that get lost.

We’re not bankrolled by billionaire donors, but rely on readers chipping in whatever they can afford to protect our independence. What we do isn’t free, and we run on a shoestring. Can you help by chipping in as little as £1 a week to help us survive? Whatever you can donate, we’re so grateful - and we will ensure your money goes as far as possible to deliver hard-hitting news.

51 Responses to “Another balls-up by Calamity Chris!”

  1. Political Scrapbook

    Oh, noes! >> RT @leftfootfwd: Another balls-up by Calamity Chris! http://bit.ly/dqwybn #ToryFail

  2. Cllr Maggie Chapman

    RT @leftfootfwd: Another balls-up by Calamity Chris! http://bit.ly/dqwybn #ToryFail

  3. Alan Dunlop

    RT @psbook: Oh, noes! >> RT @leftfootfwd: Another balls-up by Calamity Chris! http://bit.ly/dqwybn #ToryFail

  4. Martin Johnston

    berk RT @leftfootfwd: Another balls-up by Calamity Chris! http://bit.ly/dqwybn #ToryFail

  5. matthew bond

    RT @leftfootfwd: Another balls-up by Calamity Chris! http://bit.ly/dqwybn #ToryFail

  6. David Pearce

    RT @leftfootfwd: Another balls-up by Calamity Chris! http://bit.ly/dqwybn #ToryFail < What is it with these guys and fact checking?

  7. Aisha Gani

    RT @leftfootfwd: Another balls-up by Calamity Chris! http://bit.ly/dqwybn #ToryFail

  8. Thomas

    Er, I hate to point this out, but it looks like you (or City AM) have got your maths wrong as well.
    “…rapped out a press release claiming that there are 71,000 households in London where no-one has ever worked, equivalent to 23 per cent of the capital. Perturbed by the maths, a conscientious City A.M.er rang up to check the figures, to be greeted by a red-faced spinner.

    “It’s actually 61,000 households, equivalent to just seven per cent of London,” she explained, apologetically.”

    Have you (or they) got a comma in the wrong place and an extra zero? Should it be 6,100?

  9. Patrick

    Add to that the list his slightly dubious claim about the biggest jump in private sector employment in ‘a long time’ yesterday.

    As this article shows, the figures didn’t back him up. At the very least, two quarters is a strange definition of a long time…

    http://bit.ly/asYjgm

  10. Maizey R.

    RT @leftfootfwd: Another balls-up by Calamity Chris! http://bit.ly/dqwybn #ToryFail

  11. sunny hundal

    Love the mock-up RT @leftfootfwd: Another balls-up by Calamity Chris! http://bit.ly/dqwybn

  12. Nadia

    RT @leftfootfwd: Another balls-up by Calamity Chris! http://bit.ly/dqwybn #ToryFail

  13. Thomas

    Oh now I see! I’ll go and stand in the corner with Chris Grayling

  14. Stewart Owadally

    RT @leftfootfwd: Another balls-up by Calamity Chris! http://bit.ly/dqwybn #ToryFail < < Absolutely outrageous.

  15. Nigel D

    RT @leftfootfwd: Another balls-up by Calamity Chris! http://bit.ly/dqwybn #ToryFail

  16. yorkierosie

    RT @leftfootfwd: Another balls-up by Calamity Chris! http://bit.ly/dqwybn

  17. tony hatfield

    RT @leftfootfwd: Another balls-up by Calamity Chris! http://bit.ly/dqwybn

  18. Derek Bryant

    RT @sunny_hundal: Love the mock-up RT @leftfootfwd: Another balls-up by Calamity Chris! http://bit.ly/dqwybn

  19. Lucy Openshaw

    Somebody find this man a statistics teacher, fast: RT @leftfootfwd Another balls-up by Calamity Chris! http://bit.ly/dqwybn #ToryFail

  20. Mary Maguire

    RT @yorkierosie: RT @leftfootfwd: Another balls-up by Calamity Chris! http://bit.ly/dqwybn

  21. Tom Miller

    RT @yorkierosie: RT @leftfootfwd: Another balls-up by Calamity Chris! http://bit.ly/dqwybn

  22. James Asser

    RT @leftfootfwd: Another balls-up by Calamity Chris! http://bit.ly/dqwybn

  23. Jordan Hall

    RT @leftfootfwd: Another balls-up by Calamity Chris! http://bit.ly/dqwybn #ToryFail

  24. Teresa

    RT @psbook: Oh, noes! >> RT @leftfootfwd: Another balls-up by Calamity Chris! http://bit.ly/dqwybn #ToryFail

  25. Trakgalvis

    Another balls-up by Calamity Chris! http://bit.ly/dqwybn #ToryFail via @leftfootfwd

  26. Olly

    This is shoddy reporting….. 😉

    You forgot the cock-up at Party Conference about the General’s appointment being a “cynical and populist move” only to be told it was an appointment made by Cameron.

  27. Josh Eades

    Chris Grayling messes up again http://bit.ly/dqwybn

  28. House Of Twits

    RT @joshuwahwah Chris Grayling messes up again http://bit.ly/dqwybn

  29. Michael Ellis

    RT @joshuwahwah: Chris Grayling messes up again http://bit.ly/dqwybn

  30. Alasdair Ross

    Tories still can't add up!! Chris Grayling messes up again http://bit.ly/dqwybn

  31. R Gordon

    Chris Grayling over-estimates proportion of London households in which no-one's ever worked by 3:1 http://bit.ly/dqwybn via michael_ellis

  32. Tom Stanley

    RT @leftfootfwd: Another balls-up by Calamity Chris! http://bit.ly/dqwybn #ToryFail

  33. yorkierosie

    RT @anpa2001: Chris Grayling over-estimates proportion of London households in which no-one's ever worked by 3:1 http://bit.ly/dqwybn via michael_ellis

  34. Stuart Whittingham

    RT @HouseofTwitsLab: RT @joshuwahwah Chris Grayling messes up again http://bit.ly/dqwybn

  35. Sarah Beattie-Smith

    RT @psbook: Oh, noes! >> RT @leftfootfwd: Another balls-up by Calamity Chris! http://bit.ly/dqwybn #ToryFail

  36. Andy Sutherland

    RT @anpa2001: Chris Grayling over-estimates proportion of London households in which no-one's ever worked by 3:1 http://bit.ly/dqwybn via michael_ellis

  37. mark wright

    RT @leftfootfwd: Another balls-up by Calamity Chris! http://bit.ly/dqwybn #ToryFail

  38. Shamik Das

    Such an easy hit! RT @leftfootfwd: Another balls-up by Calamity Chris! http://bit.ly/dqwybn #ToryFail

  39. David Crow

    RT @leftfootfwd: Another balls-up by Calamity Chris! http://bit.ly/dqwybn #ToryFail

  40. Fat Bloke on Tour

    I think it should be noted that Mickey Mouse has a Chris Grayling watch.

  41. Mr. Sensible

    Well remembered, Olly.

    And I think it was him who made that comment about the wire.

    But Shamik said at the begining of the list that this was for this year.

    What with Cameron doing the gaffs abroad, Clegg doing the gafs when let loose in the Commons, and Grayling doing the gaffs when let loose abroad, they make a fine team!

  42. oldpolitics

    Wait, so there are only 871,000 households in London (on the corrected figures) and about 310,000 (on the original figures)? That sounds like rather fewer than my experience of London would imply. What am I missing?

  43. Mr. Sensible

    Oh, and did I forget to mention what Bob Neil said in the Commons in June about the poorest areas bearing the brunt?

  44. August

    The question posed about what you’d do without Chris Grayling’s gaffe to fill your copy – well you’d probably make stuff up – or present it in a really biased way.

    Some of his cock ups are accurate and highly funny – but the one you mention about the the bank tax is wrong and you bloody well know it – this website got panned last year by all and sundry for its shoddy reporting and then attempts to back track on that story.

    That being said – leave him alone you bullys lol!

  45. Stuartm

    Another fine mess you’ve got us into

    Following on from David Camerons anoucement that ‘Bounty Hunters’ were going to be used in the detection of fraud and credit reference agencies were to be used to catch ‘benefit cheats’, it has been reported that the Information Commissioner has asked for an urgent meeting with Lord Freud to discuss the issue of Data sharing with private credit ratings agencies.

    Whilst the sensible use of data sharing has a useful role to play in detecting fraud, concerning has been raised about the possibility of fishing expeditions to catch ‘benefit cheats’. Concern has also been expressed at the civil liberties implications of extending the use of RIPA powers and the use of powers in the Fraud Act 2006.
    The reliability of information held by credit rating agencies has also been questioned:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/libertycentral/2010/aug/10/credit-agencies-benefit-cheats

  46. Grayling dragged into Fox/Werritty scandal – are Osborne, Gove and Hague next? | Left Foot Forward

    […] Another balls-up by Calamity Chris! – Shamik Das, August 12th […]

  47. Calamity Grayling misuses the stats (again) | Left Foot Forward

    […] Another balls-up by Calamity Chris! 12 Aug […]

  48. Gracie Samuels

    RT @leftfootfwd: Another balls-up by Calamity Chris! http://t.co/ovZWSmo5 Yet another Tory liar exposed!

  49. shirley barden

    RT @leftfootfwd: Another balls-up by Calamity Chris! http://t.co/FEB3b2LO

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.