He really is appalled
Prince Charles was reported to have described the government’s plan to send asylum-seekers for processing in Rwanda as ‘appalling’. The Prince of Wales has been associated with the word since at least 1988, mainly because of the ‘Heir of Sorrows’ column in Private Eye, where many things elicit the reaction ‘it really is appalling’. He has, however, used the word in real life – most recently last November at the ceremony to remove the Queen as head of state in Barbados, when he talked of the ‘appalling atrocity’ of slavery.
Breach of contract
The economy contracted by 0.3% in April, but some sectors bucked the trend.
Effect of sector on overall growth figure:
Vehicle and motorcycle repair +0.27%
Admin and support services +0.05%
Information and communication +0.05%
Real estate activities +0.03%
Accommodation and food services +0.03%
Three sectors registered no change: Activities of households as employers; Public administration and defence; Transportation and storage.
Source: Office for National Statistics
The government said it wanted more farmland, to boost national food security – appearing to reverse a commitment made in January to take land out of production and rewild it. How is land in England used?
Forest, open land and water 21%
Residential gardens 4.8%
Transport and utilities 4.8%
Outdoor recreation 2.2%
Community service 0.7%
Industry and Commerce 0.4%
Source: Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities
How do railway workers’ earnings compare with those of the people relying on railways to get to work?
Starting salary / Experienced
Train driver £24,000 / £65,000
Guard/conductor £23,000 / £36,000
Station worker £17,500 / £27,000
Track repairer £16,500 / £34,000
And the passengers:
Nurse £25,654 / £31,533
Teacher £25,714 / £41,604
Finance officer £19,500 / £34,000
Office manager £18,000 / £38,000
Source: National Careers Service
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