Number Watch


Authored and maintained by John Brignell

This site is devoted to the monitoring of the misleading numbers that rain down on us via the media. Whether they are generated by Single Issue Fanatics (SIFs), politicians, bureaucrats, quasi-scientists (junk, pseudo- or just bad), such numbers swamp the media, generating unnecessary alarm and panic. They are seized upon by media, hungry for eye-catching stories. There is a growing band of people whose livelihoods depend on creating and maintaining panic. There are also some who are trying to keep numbers away from your notice and others who hope that you will not  make comparisons. Their stock in trade is the gratuitous lie. The aim here is to nail just a few of them.

In serious jest and jesting seriousness,
I strive to scourge polluting beastliness
Scourge of Villany, John Marston (1576-1634)


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    Global warming as religion
    How we know they know they are lying

    The unbalance sheet

    The statistical bludgeon
    Bureaucrats like big


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What's new in Number Watch?

June 2016

A fable for our times (with sequel)

Watermelons by James Delingpole - Review

Why does the cable weight damn the concept of airborne generators?

Collected Numby Awards

 The statistical bludgeon


What’s old in Number Watch – Warnings

Power Mad (February 2003)

Time: the future ( September 2009)

That Energy White Paper is now here (Forward by Tony Blair)


Link to what's new.

Visit No Hit Counter  since July 13, 2000

The above is an example of a wrong number - see here.


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Revision (August 2006) 

After six years of maintenance of this site with the aid of just a few occasional voluntary donations, changes of circumstance (and particularly taxation) mean that Number Watch cannot continue an independent existence without more regular external support. So anyone who values the contribution made by this site is urged to consider making a donation to the begging bowl above.


 ©John Brignell
Last updated 12 June 2016


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Brignell Associates