Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Untruth from the usual places

"Pacific Islanders' crime rates, poor education and low employment are creating an underclass and a drain on the economy, a study [released by] economist Greg Clydesdale, of Massey University's management and international business department."  So says the Dominion's front page this morning.

Message to Greg: your figures are in error. As Lindsay Mitchell points out, the figures for crime, employment, housing and welfare don't even begin to support your argument, which means your conclusion doesn't stack up.

So much for Mr Clydesdale, Massey University's management and international business department, and the fact-checking ability of the Dominion.


  1. I am keen to read Dr. Clydesdale's paper and see what analysis techniques he used.

  2. FF

    As much as we two may have enjoyed debating, teasing and general arguments in the past, I'd ask you to take this recommendation seriously. There is no way you should begin to even consider wasting your valuable time on a racist tyrade like what this guy has dreamed up. He is not being honest or even trying to be.

    BTW, the technique he used is called fibbing.


  3. He is using different statistical sources than I have, to be fair.But the 'performance' of PI people is considerably better than Maori in a number of areas. It seems to me if an academic wants to start talking about the creation of an underclass and point the finger at PI rather than Maori, PI communities are bound to react. I am just about to listen to an interview with the author on NewstalkZB so may update my post if more emerges.


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