and TV media have been full of comment about the figures released by the Home
Office on Monday with regard to arrests made under anti-terror laws between
9/11 and the end of 2006, and for the life of me I cannot make these figures
This has been
bothering me now for a couple of days, so I went back to the original BBC News website and printed off the article.
The BBC tell us, and I assume that they have
transposed figures obtained from the Home Office, that
A total of 1166
221 were charged,
but 186 of those faced non-terrorism charges.
leaves 35 on terrorism charges.
How then can that
lead to 40 convictions on terrorism charges ?? and 180 convictions under other
legislation, that adds up to 220. Have
the Home Office lost one already ?
the prece in this article I cannot make that add up either.
98 who are on or
652 of those
arrested released without charge.
186 charged with
non terror related offences
74 handed over to
This equals 1010. Which means they have now lost 156 people.
Do the people at
the Home Office go to University to learn their maths, or does it come quite
naturally. If this is an example of how we calculate our prison figures, I
estimate we should have 20,000 spare prison places and therefore don’t need to
spend millions on building new ones.
Back to the Home
Office chaps, and can we please have the real figures.
Oh, and if they
feeling pleased with the results of all this expensive intelligence led police
work, consider that 40 convictions out of 1166 arrests only equals a 3.5pct conviction rate.
Just where is the
intelligence in that. It really does
sound more like dragnet fishing to see what comes in with the net.
Lies, damn Lies
and Statistics ??