Thursday, July 10, 2008

QUOTE OF THE DAY - Stats the way, uh-huh

Indy letters - Kudos for publishing

You say (Opinion, 7 July), "Even in wealthy Britain, where food makes up a paltry 9 per cent of average budgets, families are feeling the squeeze from rising food prices".

This sentence is itself an oxymoron but becomes doubly paradoxical in the light of your lead story (same day), in which you say, "The [Cabinet Office] report says UK households could save an average of £420 per year by not throwing away 4.1 million tonnes of food that could have been eaten".

There is either gloss on the statistics, or the British are uniquely stupid; possibly both?

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