BBC report clearly illustrates DECC’s ambiguous response summary

The BBC recently published a report on the DECC “Summary of Responses” to the  Review of the Siting Process for a Geological Disposal Facility. If you have read the DECC summary and in particular the explanation of terms used*, you may well be left wondering if it is possible for a text to be any more ambiguous. DECC has obviously worked hard to dumb the summary down to the lowest possible level and the BBC report captures its truly unscientific quality.

The following is an extract of the BBC report some of which we have emboldened:

It stated: “A few respondents agreed with the proposal that the district council should be the ‘representative authority’.”

“On the other hand, some respondents felt that county councils were best placed to represent the community and hold the Right of Withdrawal.”

“Concerns were raised by a few respondents about county councils being excluded from having a participative role in the process.”

It added some respondents were “concerned that the provision of community benefits constituted a bribe by government”, while others were worried this could mean “economically deprived areas may see their future prosperity as being solely dependent” on hosting a repository.

* “Where the following terms have been used in summarising additional points raised in the responses, ‘many respondents’ indicates more than 70% of those answering a given question, ‘a few respondents’ means fewer than 30%, and ‘some respondents’ refers to the range in between.”

We can obviously look forward to witnessing an interesting exercise in statistical manipulation in the near future.

The original BBC report may be found  HERE

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