Do facts and figures matter?

Do facts and figures matter? Did they ever? It seems that logical people project onto illogical people the same thought processes. This will never end well. If you think that making decisions based on data…

Household income data and house prices

Why does so much coverage of this “housing crisis” neglect to explore actual household income data and the relative economic status of those featured? The best source of data we have for looking at household…

Where is the risk sitting?

Fighting the last war is always a problem. Where is the risk sitting these days? Some people think it’s still sitting on bank balance sheets – but there’s an argument that the cumulative effect of…

The flag referendum

Many people on social media were disappointed that Red Peak didn’t win the first flag referendum. This is a real-world reminder that social media, particularly Twitter, is not representative of the broader New Zealand electorate….