Is this Britain’s worst bar chart?

May 6, 2012 1:27 pm

Tags:

Share this Article

A great spot by Chris Hughes, who has flagged up this bar chart in the Independent. It’s almost worthy of a Lib Dem leaflet…

 

 

  • EmmaGeraln

    That’s appalling!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001102865655 John Ruddy

    How on earth could the “others” have a bigger bar than Labour?

    • MonkeyBot5000

       This is why I complain when Mark doesn’t label his axes.

      I’ve been looking at that chart for five minutes now and I still can’t figure out what the scale is supposed to be.

      • Alexwilliamz

        Not a scale error, my guess is some jobsworth accidently put 194 into the spreadsheet and the innumerates who work in our media did not spot the error.

        • MonkeyBot5000

          194 would still give you a bar much close to the Others than it is in the graph.

          I think there might be an error in the Labour number and the Others number as the Others bar is more than twice the size of the Con bar when it should be less than twice.

          Either way, it’s sloppy work.

          • Alexwilliamz

            Hadn’t looked at the others bar that closely but yep. Dreadful work from a national newspaper.

  • http://theredandblackstork.wordpress.com/ Czarny kapturek

    I hope they’ve been let known of their error.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1557475545 Jack Bonner

    Rofl mao, what happened to the 1% in the London Mayoral contest? Surely it should actually read 52-48?

    • Harry

      No, it should read  51.5 – 48.5 (1 d.p.) and there’s your one percent.

      • Matt Wardman

         ’Tis the Indy.

        The 1% don’t deserve representation…

  • Sir Bill Taylor

    Probably called a bar chart as that’s where it was drawn up?

  • Brumanuensis

    As Comic Book Guy from ‘The Simpsons’ might say: ‘Worst. Bar-Chart. Ever’.

  • Peter MacDonald

    Can such a thing be referred to the Electoral Commision?

Latest

  • Featured Talk of a breakaway “Workers’ Party” is dangerous and wrong

    Talk of a breakaway “Workers’ Party” is dangerous and wrong

    On Friday, for the second time in recent weeks, Unite General Secretary Len McCluskey said something really important and dangerous that ought to have caused a reaction across the entire labour movement and Labour Party. But virtually no one reacted. According to the Guardian Len “repeated his warning that his members may force a split from Labour and urge support for a new workers’ party if Miliband fails to set out a radical vision to inspire people before the next […]

    Read more →
  • Comment Jim Murphy has set out an ambitious (and Labour) vision for development

    Jim Murphy has set out an ambitious (and Labour) vision for development

    Since its earliest days Labour has been an internationalist party and proud of it, too. From Keir Hardy and Harold Wilson to Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, those who shaped Labour’s vision in the 20th and early 21st Century regarded the fight against poverty overseas as a natural extension of the fight against poverty at home. If Labour wins in 2015, we look forward to our proud tradition continuing. But with the clear focus of the current leadership on the […]

    Read more →
  • Comment Party democracy is important, so let’s fight for it

    Party democracy is important, so let’s fight for it

    Contrary to popular belief (and by popular belief, I mean the belief that prevails amongst the Shadow Cabinet and its apparatchiks) the Labour Party does not exist as a fan club for the Parliamentary faction. The Labour Party is an instrument through which ordinary people can shape their own lives and change the future of this country in a direction that is beneficial to our people. The recent decision by the Labour leadership to vote with the Coalition and implement […]

    Read more →
  • Comment What can Labour offer young people?

    What can Labour offer young people?

    Tony Blair proclaimed in 1997 that his three main priorities in government were ‘education, education, education.’ This has not translated to an increase in votes from young people.  Voter turnout between 1997 and 2005 amongst those aged 18-24 fell from an estimated 54.1% of this age range in 1997, down to 38.2% in 2005.  By contrast, voter turnout amongst those who are aged over 65 has never fallen below 70% since 1964.  As voters aged over 65 are more likely […]

    Read more →
  • News Iraq Inquiry report now expected in 2015

    Iraq Inquiry report now expected in 2015

    Sir John Chilcot’s report into the Iraq War is now not expected to be published until spring 2015, leaving worries for Labour as to how it will affect the election campaign. The Independent reports that “discussions between the inquiry and the Cabinet Office remain deadlocked, and a year-long stand-off is now unlikely to be resolved before the current parliamentary session ends. Even if a deal were reached over the summer recess, legal protocols and procedures would push the Iraq report’s […]

    Read more →