Barometer

Dire warnings of a Brexit university brain drain? They’re a myth

10 February 2018

9:00 AM

10 February 2018

9:00 AM

How to sell snake oil

Ex-cabinet secretary Lord O’Donnell accused Brexiteers of ‘selling snake oil’. How do you sell snake oil? Some eBay listings:
— Original snake oil. £11.99 for 125ml. ‘Natural hair treatment. No chemicals. Feeds the hair and protects from precipitation. Free from alcohol. Country or region of manufacture: Saudi Arabia.’
— Snake oil strengthening hair mask with mamushi snake oil. £25.22 for 500g. ‘The effective remedy of supplementary hair care. The mask is perfect for dry and damaged hair.’ Some listed ingredients: aqua, cetearyl alcohol, paraffinum liquidum, cetrimonium chloride, mamushi oil, parfum’ (no actual snake oil).

Women’s march

Which countries beat Britain to granting women the vote?

1755
Corsican Republic

1838
Pitcairn
1856
Norfolk Island
1881
Isle of Man (unmarried women with property)
1893
New Zealand
1902
Australia (South Australia from 1895)

1906
Finland
1913
Norway
1915
Denmark
1917
Russia, Armenia, Estonia, Canada

The Brexit brain gain


There was an increase in overseas students applying to study at UK universities (contrary to claims that Brexit would dissuade applicants). Which countries supplied the most applicants in 2017?

China
11,920


Hong Kong
5,320

France
4,590
India
4,470

US
3,840
Italy
3,750

Ireland
3,740
Poland
3,700

Source: UCAS

Slipping the net

Student Lauri Love won a High Court case against extradition to the US on hacking charges. How prolific are UK hackers?
— In 2013 Deutsche Telekom produced a list of the 15 countries where most cyber attacks originate. Britain did not even make it on to the list. The top countries were:

Russia
2,400,000

Taiwan
907,000

Germany
780,000
Ukraine
566,000

Hungry
366,000
USA
355,000

Romania
351,000
Brazil
337,000

Subscribe to The Spectator Australia today for a quality of argument not found in any other publication. Get more Spectator Australia for less – just $1 for 6 weeks


Show comments
Close