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Hold on to your umbrella, Mr Putin: what the Russians lose without British trade

Plus: Notable restaurant bills, and the argument over migrants and money

2 August 2014

9:00 AM

2 August 2014

9:00 AM

Off the shelf

How do we boycott Putin? Some things we traded with Russia, by value, between March and May 2014:

Export
Mineral fuels £23m
Nuclear reactors, boilers and machinery £164m
Aircraft, spacecraft and parts thereof £46.6m
Art, antiques etc £7.7m
Fish, crustaceans and molluscs £3.25m
Umbrellas, walking sticks and riding crops £170,925
Explosives and pyrotechnic products £11,998
Import
Mineral fuels £1.36bn
Nuclear reactors, boilers and machinery £1.37bn
Aircraft, spacecraft and parts thereof £29.3m
Art, antiques etc £11.6m
Fish, crustaceans and molluscs £2.38m
Umbrellas, walking sticks and riding crops £0
Explosives and pyrotechnic products £0

Source: UK Trade Info

If you have to ask…


A property developer complained after being charged £75 for three small bottles of water in the bar at the Wellesley Hotel, Knightsbridge. A few other notable bills:
S$707 (£335) for a king crab at Forum Seafood Valley Restaurant, Singapore $275 (£160) for pasta with white truffles at Nello, on Manhattan’s Upper East Side
€100 (£76) for four coffees and three liqueurs at Caffè Lavena in St Mark’s Square, Venice
€64 (£49) for four ice creams at Antica Rome, a parlour near the Spanish Steps

Emission statement

The Mayor of London proposed that diesel cars should pay an extra £10 congestion charge in London. How much of various pollutants does a diesel car emit compared with a petrol car (with catalytic converter)?

Carbon monoxide 4.7%
Unburned hydrocarbons 15%
Nitrogen oxides 134%
Particulate matter 1,000%+

Source: Enviropedia

Migrating money

David Cameron proposes that migrants only be able to claim benefits for three months, rather than six. Are migrants a net benefit or burden on the public purse?
— According to the Institute for Public Policy Research, migrants who arrived in the year 2003/04 paid £41.2bn in taxes and received £41.6bn of benefits and other public services, meaning they were a net burden of £0.4bn on the public purse
— According to MigrationWatch, this figure ignores the cost of state support for children born to one migrant and one native parent. If you add half that cost to the bill for migrants, they place a net burden of £5bn on the public purse.

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  • ClausewitzTheMunificent

    The information you took off of Enviropedia is useless wihthout context – i.e. they give off a% more of b per c litres of fuel. Moreover, you failed to mention that Diesel engines are more fuel efficient because they achieve higher compression ratios.

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