I came across this today.
"...the particular characteristic of our own age is that no evidence is regarded as acceptable unless it is statistical, that is to say, that it is of a kind which can be expressed in numbers."
This was Goronwy Rees, writing on 'Violent Films' in 1972. If true then how much truer now. Indeed, the Labour Party and all its apparatchiks (the lumpen intelligentsia) has exercised power over the last thousand years on exactly this basis.