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    Revealing letter from @ONS telling losers from RPI scandal to bog off after my column (1/n)  ft.com/content/b71eab… via @FT

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    I'm not exagerating. ONS accepts the PIR is wrong - doesn't quibble with the facts (2/n)

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    But says it favours some people who gain from a wrong and too high RPI (3/n)

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    Of course, the ONS should not take distributional decisions. BUT DOING NOTHING IS A DISTRIBUTIONAL DECISION (4'/n)

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    The @ONS explicitly tells students and UK citizens (who lose), they do not matter. It cares about banks and final salary pensioners (5/n)

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    It is not the @ONS job to make distributional decisions. It's job is to produce accurate statistics. (6/n)

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    Literally the only statistic the law
    specifically requires the ONS to produce is the RPI (7/n) legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2007/18/…

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    And the ONS here in its letter says the RPI is bad, this has effects, please don't use it, but it's not our problem (8/n)

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    When a public authority refusies to do its job, the only way to redress the balance to make inaction painful. (9/n)

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    That is why I urge every taxpayer, particularly students to complain to John Pullinger, national statistician (10/n)

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    The @ONS position is not final. Mr Pullinger has already U-turned on inflation measures (11/n)

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    He committed not to make CPIH the headline inflation measure before it received national statistics status. That didn't last (12/n)

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    Write:

    John Pullinger
    National Statistician
    ONS
    1 Drummond Gate
    London
    SW1V 2QQ

    Email: national.statistician@statistics.gsi.gov.uk

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    It is billions of pounds a year of public spending the @ONS is wasting and does not deny it. STOP THIS NONSENSE (14/14)

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