Lies, Falsehoods and Misrepresentations from Boris Johnson to Keir Starmer

“Families Face £1,000 a Year Bill for Eco Plans” 

Daily Mail citing “Treasury analysis”

Facts

On 6 June, the Daily Mail splashed an article entitled “Families Face £1,000 a Year Bill for Eco Plans.” The article, based on “treasury analysis”, looked at the consequences of Labour’s plan to invest £28 billion a year in tackling climate change on mortgage rates.

The Treasury has since made it clear that the statistics do not come from official analysis. It was forced to make the admission to the UK’s Statistics Authority (UKSA) after the organisation demanded to know where the figure had come from. The Statistics Authority said that, despite investigation, it had been unable to find any official source for the figure. A spokesperson said: “We spoke to HMT and they have informed us the figure quoted is not based on any analysis produced by Treasury officials.”

They added: “The Statistics Authority is investigating the claim but have so far been unable to establish any official source.”

The radio channel LBC has since reported that the figure, reported as a piece of official government research, was produced by Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s political team.

Verdict

An example of fabricated figures designed to inflict political damage on Labour, amplified and given credibility by client media. 

Client Journalism

Note the role played by the British press, in the case the Daily Mail, in amplifying fabricated claims made by the Conservatives.

Published 28 Jun 2024
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