Monthly Archives: November 2007

Editor’s blog: The Wolf is right on CGT

In his support of the Chancellor Alistair Darling's controversial – some would say suicidal – moves on capital gains tax, Wolf's has been an almost lone howl in the wilderness. I fear in his contrarian analysis of Darling's CGT moves that he may well be talking a fair bit of sense, despite the fact that his scribblings have attracted squeaks of outrage – not least from his old editor Richard Lambert, now top banana at the CBI.

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Editor’s blog: Lies, damned lies and statistics

Years ago when I was a student I took a temporary holiday job at the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys – now part of the Office of National Statistics – and what a sorry place it was. Day in day out I was ticking boxes and checking endless questionnaires surrounded by incredibly bored and disaffected clerical officers, several of whom were hugely earnest, Little Red Book-brandishing Maoists from Middlesex University. What a waste of public money we were. I would hope that most of our efforts are now performed by machines.

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