In our General Election Factcheck 2015 report, we include five common pitfalls when it comes to political claims. These are errors that politicians often fall into, and are all too easy to fall for. We've made these mistakes ourselves at times, and know how hard they can be to spot. Here's our guide to how to identify and avoid them.
- Comparisons over time
- "Further research is needed"
- Know what your statistics represent
- Limits on the powers of government
- Beware the baseline
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