Boris Johnson was chastised yesterday for the misuse of data. He claimed, again, that £350 million a week could be saved by the UK as a result of leaving the EU. The head of the UK Statistics Authority has described this as a 'clear misuse of official statistics'. I agree, but what he should actually have said is that Johnson was bullshitting.
In a newly published academic article entitled Post-truth Politics, Bullshit and Bad Ideas: ‘Deficit Fetishism’ in the UK Jonathan Hopkin and Ben Rosamond expand on the academic concept of bullshit that has existed since 2004, saying: