The government has been accused of using "irregular" figures to claim a reduction in the number of youths carrying knives in England.
Well of course they have. Our political masters are bizarre Comical Ali figures, claiming in a Panglossian style that all is for the best in the best of all possible worlds whilst they sit limbless on the ground like John Cleese's knight from the Python's Holy Grail.
To be honest I'm surprised that the figures were merely irregular rather than complete fiction. Meanwhile they scoff as Mugabe goes on TV and says there is no cholera in Zimbabwe.