Ed Miliband was photographed in a miserable kitchen, but it turned out to be only a snack preparation room which he has in addition to a large kitchen downstairs. What is the state of the nation’s kitchens?
— The average size in England, according to official data, is 11 square metres. Five per cent of homes have a kitchen smaller than five square metres and 17 per cent have kitchens large than 15 square metres. Some 13 per cent have, like Ed’s, a separate utility room or second kitchen.
— 955,000 English homes are estimated to have a hygiene problem, and in 4 per cent of these the cleanability of the kitchen is deemed to be an issue.
Signs of the times
Over 850,000 people signed an online petition demanding that Jeremy Clarkson be reinstated on Top Gear. What else were people petitioning about last week?
|Offer smear test to all females over the age of 16||328,000 signatures|
|Protect religious slaughter
in the UK
|More efforts to track down owners
of pets killed on the road
|End non-stun slaughter to promote animal welfare||118,000|
|Make CCTV mandatory in
Source: epetitions direct
Nigel Farage said he wanted to ditch racial discrimination laws to reduce the burden on employers. How many of the nearly 200,000 employment tribunal cases in 2013/14 were on the grounds of race?
|Working Time Directive||49,100|
|Breach of contract||16,800|
Source: Ministry of Justice
Big cats and little cats
A conservation body proposed to reintroduce the Eurasian lynx into the British countryside, from which it disappeared around the year 700 AD.
How does a lynx measure up against a domestic cat — and a tiger?