I decided not to publish Muriel Nissel's article on the history of social trends because it was strong on opinions, some of which in my view were political in nature. Opinions are not statistical facts.
You should be aware that the Central Statistical Office is entirely responsible for the contents of its statistical releases, which indeed demonstrates the integrity of our statistics. They are comprehensive in coverage and content, produced without fearor favour, and rank among the world's best. Social Trends 25 shows this admirably.
Yours sincerely, W. McLennan.
Director and Head of Government Statistical Service Central Statistical Office London, SW1