Before the elections last week, the Cambridge Labour Party’s website featured this graph on its front page, showing Cambridge local election results over the last few years:
Following the elections, they’ve replaced it with a bar chart showing only this year’s results:
As political bar charts go, you have to give this one pretty high marks. It’s accurate – the numbers are correct; it’s fairly presented – the bars are all the right size; and it’s relevant. But why the change in style? Well, if Labour had simply updated their original chart with this year’s results, it would now look like this:
You can see why they didn’t stick with this presentation of the results – it gives the impression that the tide has turned in Cambridge and that the Lib Dems are set to recapture the lead by 2015. Of course, what is actually going to happen, only time will tell.