Home Office ministers faced a fresh crisis last night after being rebuked for manipulating drug-seizure figures in an apparent attempt to generate good publicity for the embattled Border Agency. Sir Michael Scholar, the chairman of the UK Statistics Authority, condemned the department for a "highly selective" briefing to journalists which claimed that the amount of heroin and cocaine detected at ports and airports had soared – just days before properly audited figures showed seizures had fallen.That makes it all right, you see. Only a simpleton would believe that management information had to be true or correct.
A [UKBA]spokesman said: "The figures used to highlight the UK Border Agency's work in tackling the harm caused to communities by cocaine and heroin were clearly labelled management information.
16 November 2011
If I tell you that I am a suave, sophisticated, handsome and intelligent chap, you might think I was telling fibs. But I'm not; it's just that this is 'management information', a newly discovered nice-sounding euphemism deployed in government circles. The Independent explains all: