Comment is another matter. I am and remain unemployed, so when I read wilful ignorance and dishonesty from pundits I'm always going to be depressed because I'm left with a limp sentiment: Why are they employed whilst plenty of 'smart people' (Me) are not? Not only that, they're actually paid quite well to write a few lines of concentrated rot. Reading it is the intellectual equivalent of drinking bleach. It's not just the content either; it's way they 'talk' in their columns. For one thing, why do they pretend to be like prophets? They set themselves up as Cassandra's that no one listens to (maybe if they actually worked in the offices for the publications that give them their platforms; every other output they would notice coincides with their views) and often prove this by citing some development which they predicted. And yes, they did predict such developments; they always do. But so do the horoscopes and they're blatantly nonsense. What columnists and astrologers share is that their predictions are first vague and second very, very numerous. You never hear about the hundreds of predictions that never happened and even then they are wide enough in their phrasing that given time they inevitably will in some form.
What would spoil their fun is if they had to set time limits. That would force them to keep it simple and straightforward. But they don't do that. I decided I'll give it a try and see if my ability to interpret events so that I can predict other events could be improved on. I've already predicted on the basis of a DWP press release being put out at a certain time meant the tabloids would inevitably be briefed so they could crank out some nonsense about benefit claimants by that Monday or at least sometime that week. I was wrong. I went back and started smaller: The DWP tabulation tool figures for February 2011 would come out in the next month is what I said in my last post. I know it's not impressive soothsaying, but it's a start. I did also predict that the figure for ESA claimants still in the Assessment Phase wouldn't change much.
By golly I was right:
|Columns in order are: Quarter, Total, Unkown, Assessment phase, WRAG and Support group|
Case File #6 says something still stinks.