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||4%|
|Energy and Climate Change||3.3%|
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||9.3%|
|Special needs/medical problems||4.3%|
|Rejected by preferred school||3.4%|