306 business people signed a letter to the Daily Telegraph saying that Britain would be better off outside the EU. Some notable collections of signatures:
— 364 economists signed a Times letter about the dangers of monetarism in 1981.
— 5,154 physicists signed a paper in Physical Review Letters last year reporting a more accurate recording of the mass of the Higgs boson particle.
— 75,000 people signed a petition protesting against the government’s leaflet on why we should vote to stay in the EU.
— 540,000 signed a petition demanding a stay of execution for Beau, a Missouri dog accused of killing a duck.
— 1m Spaniards signed a petition in 2013 demanding that their government resign.
— 2.2m people signed a petition to demand George Zimmerman’s prosecution for killing Trayvon Martin in Florida in 2012. He was prosecuted and acquitted.
Places of refuge
Countries with most refugees as a percentage of population:
Department of discontent
Which government department has the unhappiest civil servants?
% OF STAFF WHO RESIGNED IN PAST YEAR
Culture, Media and Sport
Energy and Climate Change
Tales out of school
Ofsted says 100 illegal schools operate in England under the banner of home-schooling. A freedom-of-information request to 190 councils last year found that there were at least 36,600 children being home-schooled, with parents giving the following reasons:
Dissatisfaction with local school
Special needs/medical problems
Rejected by preferred school
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