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Sunday, 27 June 2010


I am a long-term reader of the English satirical magazine, Private Eye.

This fortnightly, currently celebrating its 50th birthday, is amongst my favourite reading, its happy combination of conscience and humour generally being irresistable to me.

A regular feature - and the motivation in fact for this post - is "Number Crunching" where comparisons are made between two sets of figures to make a point. A recent example contrasted the 18 months' prison sentence handed down to a single mother who had lied to the authorities concerning housing benefit payments amounting to a total of around £40,000, and an MP who had fiddled his parliamentary expenses (also around £40,000). The MP undertook to repay the sum and was described as honourable/honest etc... No jail sentence then!

The latest issue contains the following example. I feel that I need not comment further.

From Private Eye Issue No 1265
Until the next time

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