Politics 15 February 2010 Why the Tories' pregnancy error is alarming The party's dystopian view of Britain -- exposed. Print HTML One of the early lessons of the pre-election campaign is that statistics aren't the Conservatives' strong point. At the beginning of the month, Chris Grayling was caught out when he manipulated statistics in order to falsely claim that violent crime had increased hugely over the past decade. Now, a new attack document from the party, Labour's Two Nations, claims that in the ten most deprived parts of the country, "54 per cent [of teenage girls] are likely to fall pregnant before the age of 18". In fact, the figures from the Department for Children, Schools and Families show that, in the areas concerned, 54.32 out of every 1,000 women aged 15-17 fell pregnant, which gives us a figure of 5.4 per cent, not 54 per cent. This was clearly more cock-up than conspiracy: someone at CCHQ left a decimal point out. But what's more extraordinary is that no one sounded the alarm and pointed out that, regardless of your maths ability, 54 per cent is not a plausible finding. That the figure was repeated three times makes this failure even more remarkable. Labour can justifiably claim that the error reflects the Tories' dystopian and distorted view of British society. Follow the New Statesman team on Twitter. › Co-ops, pregnancies, policies and a bad week for the Tories George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman. Subscribe More Related articles There are sinister goings-on in the race to become the UN's next Secretary-General Ruth Davidson finished the EU referendum a star - then she lost her greatest ally Now Britain has voted for Brexit, what do David Cameron and the government do next?