Media Appearances

Dec 10

BBC Radio 4 — The Report — Election leaflets

I’m on The Report today talking about dodgy statistics and electoral malpractice.

The Report, BBC Radio 4, 9 December 2010

Reporter Simon Cox asks how unique the circumstances of the Oldham East election were. Phil Woolas was found guilty of making claims about his opponent’s personal character or conduct that he knew to be untrue. But candidates can use many other tricks to deceive voters that are within the rules. The Report asks whether the law that was used to strip the former Oldham East MP of his seat has kept up with the reality of modern electioneering. (formerly The Straight Choice)

Roger Godsiff’s leaflet (Labour, Birmingham Hall Green)

My posts on this subject:

How to lie with statistics, Liberal Democrat style (John Dixon’s leaflet in Cardiff North) 27 April 2010

Lib Dems’ leaflets: Legal, indecent, dishonest, untruthful 4 June 2009

With lies like these I’d rather the Lib Dems fiddled their expenses 15 May 2009

Aug 10

Armchair Auditor interview with Henry Kelly on BBC Radio Berkshire

Following on from my appearance on BBC Radio 4 PM I appeared live on BBC Radio Berkshire on 16 August talking to Henry Kelly about Armchair Auditor, my public spending software and website.

At present the site has the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead’s spending data so it was of particular interest to this local radio station.

Adrian Short interviewed by Henry Kelly

Aug 10

Armchair Auditor interview with Eddie Mair on BBC Radio 4 PM


In the BBC radio car

Today, Eric Pickles and the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) released their spending data for April 2009-March 2010. (My easy-to-download zip file is here.) I was interviewed by Eddie Mair on Radio 4′s PM programme about my Armchair Auditor website and software which helps people to understand how their councils and the government spends their money. Scrub forward to 17:30 for the start of the story. Thankfully I didn’t get the Paxman vs. Howard treatment.

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