The Road Back for Mitchell

mitchell2This morning “a person familiar with the premier’s thinking” hinted to Bloomberg’s Kitty Donaldson that Dave wanted to see Andrew Mitchell back in government. Now the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman has stoked the flames of Thrasher’s comeback, saying “the PM’s view remains that he hopes in time Mr Mitchell will be able to return to public life”.

The crucial pleb line is dead, even if that doesn’t get him off the hook for his other colourful language and his frankly disastrous crisis management. Though he would make a good policing minister…




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The FT’s Wolfgang Munchau on the “fake maths” of economic forecasts:

“The truth is that our ability to forecast the future beyond the current quarter is limited… The curse of our time is fake maths. Think of it as fake news for numerically literate intellectuals: it is the abuse of statistics and economic models to peddle one’s own political prejudice… The fakeness of the maths lies in an exaggerated inference. Economic models have their uses, as do opinion polls. They provide information to policymakers and markets. But nobody can see through the fog of the future.”

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