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OU on the BBC: More or Less - Live election edition

Updated Thursday 7th May 2015

On the day after the election, Tim Harford hosts a live edition of More or Less. 

Arrow on a brick wall shows people where to vote Creative commons image Icon KCIvey under CC BY-NC-2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license More or Less bring together a panel of experts to discuss how the pre-election opinion polls tallied up to the election results. Plus, we bring together researchers and journalists who dedicated their time to fact-checking during the election. They give examples of some of the more dubious uses of statistics by the parties.

The Duke and Duchess have had a baby girl this week – but will Princess Charlotte really contribute £1 billion to the British economy? Many of the newspapers have been making such claims. More or Less look at where these numbers come from and judge how useful they are.

Plus – how is Beeston in Nottinghamshire really the most adulterous town in the country? We investigate the origins of this ‘fact’ with the help of Sir David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk, University of Cambridge.

Listen to More or Less

Tune into BBC Radio 4 on Friday 1 May 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. See the series page on OpenLearn here.

 

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