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Election special 2005
People voting
More or Less
Tuesday, 26 April, 2005
BBC Radio 4
1600 BST

In a special edition of the weekly numbers magazine programme, Andrew Dilnot looks at the figures behind the manifesto promises and parties' claims about the government's record.

Which numbers have we heard too much of in this election, to too little effect?

And are there others telling a surprising story about the government's record which we hardly know at all?

In this special election edition of More or Less, Andrew Dilnot emerges from underneath the avalanche of numbers in the past few weeks to try to get the measure of what really matters, what counts and what does not.

Would anyone believe, for example, that under Labour overall taxes are at virtually the same level as they were when the party came to power in 1997, whatever we may think on the basis of our experience of council tax or national insurance?

Or that the Conservatives have policies which would create massive spare capacity in the education system?

And are the Liberal Democrats as straightforward on tax as they say?

Of course, none of those questions tells the whole story.

More or Less was broadcast on Tuesday, 26 April, 2005 at 1600 BST on BBC Radio 4.


Producer: Michael Blastland
Editor: Nicola Meyrick

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