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OU on the BBC: More or Less - Hate crimes, NHS reform and Manchester serial killer

Updated Thursday 22nd January 2015

More or Less puts the spotlight on the statistics around hate crimes, MP's supposed financial interest in the 2012 NHS reform and the Manchester 'canal' serial killer. 

In More or Less, Tim Harford explains - and sometimes debunks - the numbers and statistics used in political debate, the news and everyday life.

On this week's programme:

World made of money Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Sirfujiyama | Dreamstime.com On Woman’s Hour last Friday, Journalist Angela Epstein said that 95% of hate crimes in Britain are directed against Jewish people. This statistic for London in July 2014 during the Gaza conflict has been questioned by various sources. Is this really correct?

Who are the people who make up the global 1% of wealthiest people – and where in the world do these people live?

Max Pemberton recently made a claim in a BMJ article that 200 MPs voting on the NHS reform in 2012 had a financial interest in it passing. Could this really be true?

The Star on Sunday has reported that Professor Craig Jackson of Birmingham City University believes that the 61 bodies found in the Greater Manchester canals over the last 6 years could mean a serial killer is at work. Do the statistics really suggest this?

Plus the programme hears from Professor Carlos Vilalta from the University of California San Diego and Steven Dudley from Insight Crime about claims that "98% of homicides in Mexico are unsolved." A shocking statistic, but is it true?

This is in conjuction with the latest episode of More or Less, to find out more please head to the series page - OU on the BBC: More or Less

Listen to More or Less

Tune into BBC Radio 4 on Friday 23 January at 16:30 to listen to this week's programme. More information and a link to listen again later will be available from the BBC website

 

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