Shouting in Guildford, and six other things you’re not allowed to do

Also in our Barometer column: the boroughs with the most CCTV cameras, and Britain’s retail and steel industries

5 March 2016

9:00 AM

5 March 2016

9:00 AM

You can’t do that there ’ere

Some of the things which have been banned under Public Spaces Protection Orders, according to a report by the Manifesto Club:
Kettering More than four people standing within vicinity of a motor vehicle.
Guildford Shouting.
Hillingdon Gathering in groups of more than two unless waiting for a bus.
Blackpool Engaging in card tricks.
Birmingham Wearing face coverings.
Shepway Sleeping in a public place.
Brent Offering casual work.

Shop talk

The British Retail Consortium has claimed that 900,000 jobs could be lost by 2025 thanks to the minimum wage and the shift to online sales. Who are the 2.9 million people who work in the retail business?
One third are under 25.
Half work part-time.
58% are female, 42% male.
66% work for the 75 largest retailers
18% are described as ‘managers’ or have ‘senior’ in their title.

Watching brief

The pressure group Big Brother Watch has revealed that spending by councils on CCTV cameras has fallen by 12.5 per cent in four years. Where are you most — and least — likely to be spotted on CCTV?

Hackney 2,900
Wandsworth 2,246
Hammersmith & Fulham 1,150
Camden 1,015
Woking 691
Greenwich 680

North Norfolk, Barrow-in-Furness, East Cambridgeshire, Allerdale, Ceredigion, East Hampshire, Richmondshire and East Northamptonshire don’t have a single public CCTV camera between them.

A hint of steel

Some MPs have demanded tariffs on Chinese steel in retaliation for what they called ‘dumping’. How much of the world’s steel do we produce?

As % of world total
2014 0.7%
2013 0.7%
2012 0.6%
2011 0.6%
2010 0.6%
2009 0.8%

Source: UK Steel

In tons
2014 12.1m
2013 11.9m
2012  9.5m
2011  9.5m
2010  9.7m
2009 10.1m

Source: UK Steel

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  • Davedeparis

    Even during the bad old SLORC military junta days in Burma you could gather in up to groups of five.

    • Jackthesmilingblack

      Flash to 21st century reality, Dave.
      The name of the country was changed to Myanmar in 1989.
      Even HMG/BBC have finally got with the programme.

      • EUSSR 4 All!


      • Davedeparis

        Your right that using Burma is a habit from my time with the Burma Democracy movement when retaining the old usage was a statement of defiance against the regime but this stance is now redundant. However the Burmese themselves use both interchangeably so I think I’m on safe ground.

  • flipkipper

    Five things you are not allowed to do in Britain:

    smoke in a pub
    bring a dog along with you into a shop/bar/bank
    hunt foxes
    elect a Head of State and her Lords
    have a sensible debate about leaving the EU in our unrepresentative Parliament

    • Jackthesmilingblack

      Denounce Border Control as a bunch of traitors letting the wrong people in while keeping the right people out.
      Said wrong people include Muslim child rapists.
      Of course using recently granted Brit nationality Pakistanis as Immigration officers was hardly conducive. Only obeying orders, right Bob?
      Racist Jack, multicultural Malaysia

  • AdrianM

    Top of my list is not being able to be yourself (for fear of offending someone or other).