15 October, 2009
The Statistics Department of
Anguilla is on a media blitz. They have just launched a statistical booklet titled “Anguilla Facts and Figures 2009”. All this in celebration of Caribbean Statistics Day. The story being touted to the press is that the Deputy Governor, the Minister of Finance and the Attorney-General attended a “small gathering” at the Teachers’ Resource Centre to launch the booklet. Now, I ask you to read this and understand. Allegedly, the goal was “creating the environment for sustainable standards of living for the people demands proper policy making and macroeconomic management informed by sound statistical information”.
What the heck does that mean? I submit the following translation: “Fill out those forms we send you every year so we can decide how much to tax your backsides the following year!” That, I suggest, is all that these exercises are about.
Anyway, apropos of nothing, a few days ago I happened to be wasting time trolling though the
Anguilla blogs when I came upon this one produced by the Statistics Department. Just in case you are not sufficiently interested to click on the link provided in the last sentence, let me explain. It is a Blog published by the Statistics Department promoting the upcoming 2011 Population Census. Other than the fact that they stole my template, there was nothing offensive about it.
Just that it appears to have died the death of abandonment. The only entry the Statistics Department has chosen to make on the Blog about the importance of the 2011 Population Census was that one announcement of 24 June 2009.
There is absolutely no other press release or announcement on the Blog.
There has been no follow-through since this first June posting. There is not a single comment, other than some idiot spammer from
There has not, so far as I know, been any encouragement to the public to use the Blog. Maybe it was just a failed experiment?
So, I contacted them using the comment feature online. I wanted to know if this was it. Was there no plan to use the Blog effectively? Would there be no follow-through to the initial article?
That was two days ago. Response: Nil.
Typical of government? No, just of statistics. Statistics are for government to use or misuse as they want: “We are here to serve the purposes of government. The interests and enquiries of the public are nothing that we intend to waste time on dealing with or answering.”