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Lies, damned lies, and statistics

Benjamin Disraeli's quote "Lies, damned lies, and statistics" immediately came to mind today when I heard about Lisburn City Council's current survey which asks the public "Do you support the new planning application which will bring the first John Lewis to Northern Ireland?"

The online survey can be viewed by clicking here but, incredibly, only offers respondents to choose "Yes". People cannot choose "No", never mind "Don't know".

Whilst I support the latest John Lewis Planning Application, Lisburn City Council's online survey only serves to discredit their campaign for the application to be approved. It also provides yet further proof that the Council is both arrogant and unwilling to listen to different views.

19 November 2008