After complaints from the Durham Miners’ Association, a rugby club at Durham University cancelled a pub crawl in which members were to dress as coal miners or ministers from Mrs Thatcher’s government.
— Attitudes towards the 1984-85 miners’ strike were not always so censorious. In 2001, the conceptual artist Jeremy Deller staged a re-enactment of the Battle of Orgreave, involving 800 re-enactment enthusiasts as well as 200 miners who had been there on the day. Staged at Orgreave itself, it was filmed and shown on Channel 4 with few complaints.
Ups and downs
Which industries saw the biggest rises and falls in real-terms productivity (i.e., greater than inflation) since 2007? CPI inflation over the period was 25.9 per cent.
RISING REAL-TERMS PRODUCTIVITY Textiles
Food and drink
Hotels and catering
Transport and services
Wholesale and retail
Recreation and culture
+26% FALLING REAL-TERMS PRODUCTIVITY Energy
Finance and insurance
Mining and quarrying
Prince Harry, a bachelor, is to marry Meghan Markle, a divorcee. How common are such marriages? In 2011, the 249,133 recorded UK unions broke down as follows:
Neither party married before
Single man, divorced woman
Divorced man, single woman
The Department of Health announced it would investigate every stillbirth. How does Britain compare internationally? Figures are for stillbirths in every 1,000 births.
+27% HIGHEST Pakistan
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