The Spectator

Barometer | 16 August 2018

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Black list

Jeremy Corbyn was attacked for attending a ceremony for members of Black September, the terrorist group which carried out the Munich Olympics massacre in 1972. The group took its name from a PLO terror campaign in Jordan two years earlier. Some other black months:

Black January: Soviet crackdown against Azerbaijani independence, 1990

Black February: Floods in Brisbane, 1893

Black April: Fall of Saigon, 1975

Black May: Uprising against military, Thailand, 1992; Battle of Atlantic 1943

Black July: Pogrom against Tamils, Sri Lanka, 1983

Black October: Economic crises, 1929, 2008; kidnappings by Quebec Liberation Front, 1970; riots against privatisation of gas reserves, Bolivia, 2003; riots in Algeria, 1988

Black November: Execution of activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa, Nigeria, 1995

Black December: Series of shark attacks off South Africa, 1957

Who provides?

There have been predictions of food shortages in the event of a hard Brexit. Where does our food come from? (In terms of farm-gate value of unprocessed food.)

UK

49%

EU

30%

Africa

5%

North America

4%

South America

4%

Asia

4%

Europe excluding EU

2%

Source: Defra

Crime on the farm

The cost to farms of crime increased by 14% last year. In which counties did thieves steal the most and create the most damage?

Cost of rural crime in 2017

Lincolnshire

£2.12m

Cambridgeshire

£1.72m

West Yorkshire

£1.71m

Essex

£1.64m

Lancashire

£1.55m

Water, water

Which European countries have the greatest water scarcity, defined in terms of freshwater resources divided by population?

Most water-scarce

1,000m3 per person per year

Malta

0.23

Cyprus

0.35

Poland

1.6

Romania

1.8

Italy

1.9

Germany

2.3

Spain

2.4

UK

2.7

Source: Eurostat