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Harriet Harman embarrassed after misleading employment statement

Harriet Harman, the woman's minister, is today reeling from embarrassment after the minister suggested that women were suffering more in the recession than men. She then went on to launch a campaign aimed at ensuring that women do not become "the victims" of the recession only for the Office for National statistics to release data which showed that if anything it is male jobs which are most at risk in the recession. This is yet another embarrassing gaffe by the government which has been shown to pick and choose specific elements of National Statistics for its own ends.

The Office for National Statistics confirmed that the reason women appear to be less at risk than men during a recession is because significant numbers are employed in the public sector. As the press has covered over the last few weeks, Harriet Harman appears to have been putting herself forward as a future leader of the Labour government but this embarrassing "error" will do her chances no good. While Gordon Brown continues to travel the world preaching about economic prowess it appears that the government back home is in disarray.

Infighting, misuse of statistics and various ministers jockeying for the position of future Labour leader would appear to suggest the government has taken its eye off the economic ball.

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