New research from the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) has revealed nearly half of the Commons is functionally innumerate. When a sample of MPs were asked *“If you toss a coin twice, what is the probability of getting two heads?”, *an astonishing 48% managed to get it wrong. *The correct probability being 25%, although co-conspirators will already know that.*

This is a level of mathematics taught to 12 year-olds. Breaking down the data is even more revealing:

- Only
**38%**of 2019ers gave the right answer. - 53% of Labour MPs got it right, versus 50% of Tories.
- Just
**two**Welsh MPs answered correctly. - 60% of female MPs answered correctly versus just 48% of males – a statistically significant difference.

In defence of the 2019ers, most of them were educated under Blair. The Tories having a weaker understanding of numbers, meanwhile, probably explains why our taxes are going up in April. *Congratulations to the two Welsh MPs who are at least as talented as 12-year olds.*

It’s not all bad news though: the Royal Statistical Society points out these results show MPs are actually better than they were 11 years ago, when only 40% of respondents gave the correct answer. *Although maybe that’s just grade inflation…*