Punch,  33 (1857), 132.

Divide and Conquer





Statistics, Politics, Charlatanry, Government

    Attacks 'an absurd "test" [...] of the efficiency of members of Parliament' which involves counting the number of times each visits the lobby of the Houses of Parliament. Ridiculing the 'statistics' of 'prigs and shallow fellows' as 'little sums', draws attention to shortcomings of such mathematical methods, not least the ways in which a lazy politician can give the appearance of being attentive. Goes on to criticise the misleading nature of other analyses of politicians' behaviour published by '"statistic"-mongers'.

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