Completion Obfuscation

I heard, on Radio 4, this morning that the Olympic site is “about 37%” complete … not over a third, not getting on for 40%, but “about 37%.” I was surprised not to hear that to two decimai places. And the good news is that the contingency budget still has 67% of its funds left, not about two thirds, nor have we spent only a third … precision where precision isn’t available is always dangerous.

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