Given this governments fondness for using statistics to promote their "success" it would seem that the latest data on knife crime is showing that new policies are having a positive effect.
The government's Tackling Knives Action Programme started last July in 10 police areas in England and Wales.
Robberies with sharp instruments against those aged 19 and under also fell by 13% while knife-related hospital admissions fell 32%, compared to 18% in non-TKAP areas.
That's good isn't it? OK - it's clear from those statistics that there is something not quite right with the TKAP programme if those areas failed to reduce knife crime as much as non-TKAP areas, but overall it is positive surely?
In its first nine months, 126 people died after being attacked with a knife or other sharp object - seven more than in the same period the previous year.
Hmmm - so there are fewer knife offences, but more people dying from knife wounds? Something isn't quite right here. Perhaps the knife users are getting better at using their tool of choice or maybe the NHS is getting worse at treating knife wounds?
Or maybe the statistics are complete and utter rubbish.