If 5.5% unemployment in 2004
would have been reported as ~12.5% in 1980,
why did some want to change reported unemployment,
and why would some not want to disclose comparative disparities?
If…the Ministry of Plenty forecast a surplus,
and in reality the result was grossly less,
Winston’s job was to change previous versions
so the old version would agree with the new one.
Could some who follow statistical irregularities
take advantage of relative unawareness
prior to collective realization?