Oct 312011

From the Daily Mail

Pupil Behaviour

An article on July 11 reported that 1,000 pupils a day are excluded for violent behaviour and that this has doubled in a year. While the figure for exclusions is correct – and all the statistics were put to the Department before publication – this does not in fact represent an increase.

[This story has been corrected on the Mail web site. A note has been added to the end of the story describing the correction]

Banning the Whip

A joke in Andrew Pierce’s column yesterday suggested that Westminster should follow horse racing by banning use of the whip. In fact the British Horseracing Authority has not banned the whip but reduced the number of times a jockey can use it in a race

[This story remains uncorrected on the Mail web site]

Oct 172011

[Note: Of the corrections in the column for the 17th October (the first corrections column for the Daily Mail) only one made it to the web site – bizarrely dated October 15th. However, thanks to the work of grimreaperblog and Tabloid Watch we have been able to recreate it.]

Michael Levy

On 26 September we reported that barrister Michael Levy had been arrested on suspicion of “carousel” fraud.  Whilst HM Revenue & Customs confirmed the information to us at the time, we now understand that Mr Levy was arrested on suspicion of irregularities in his personal tax position, which he denies.

World Economic Forum Survey

An article on 9 September reported a World Economic Forum survey which ranked UK schools 43rd in the world for maths. We are happy to clarify that the survey was based on the opinions of business leaders about teaching in their own countries.

Price War

An article on 27 September, ‘Tesco wins opening skirmish as price war catches out rivals’, quoted the price of a Sainsbury’s shopping basket at £26.26 against the Tesco equivalent of £19.04. While the Sainsbury’s basket remained more expensive than the other supermarkets surveyed, the correct figure should have been £23.51.

Dacorum Borough Council

A reference in Richard Littlejohn’s column reported the allegation that Dacorum Borough Council in Hertfordshire had ignored six letters and as many phone calls from a resident requesting additional assistance in caring for her incapacitated mother before finally making a home visit and refusing her request. In fact the complaint concerned Hertfordshire County Council.

[The story on the Mail web site has been edited to reflect this correction without any indication that an edit has taken place]