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Pensions solution?
Head of the Pensions Commission, Lord Turner
More or Less
Thursday, 22 December, 2005
BBC Radio 4, 1500 GMT

BBC Radio 4's More or Less returned on Thursday, 22 December, 2005 with a fresh selection of choice numerical ingredients.

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This week we examined the recent row over pensions reform, perhaps the biggest public policy issue facing the government in the past year.

We discovered the neglected but surprising evidence that was not looked at by the Turner Commission, but might justify a radically different interpretation of the problem.

'Sod's Law'

And if you are feeling, as the Christmas shopping falls through a hole in the bag into the snow, as the family falls into sulks and rancour over the presents, or as your dress rips on the way out to the office party, if you are feeling as so many of us sometimes do "why me; why now?", then take heart, there may be a statistical explanation.

And what could cheer you up more? That well-known phenomenon 'sod's law' explained.

Speed cameras

Plus the figures behind the recent announcement that speed cameras had been proved to be highly effective, saving many lives and preventing accidents.

More or Less takes no view about the desirability of speed cameras, of course, but does wonder if the headline figures were quite as frank as they might have been.

Find out what the numbers should have said.


And why devolution is making it hard to count the things that matter across the UK.

We also have a new quiz to mark the new series. You can try it by clicking on the link below.

BBC Radio 4's More or Less was broadcast on Thursday, 22 December 2005 at 1500 GMT.

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