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Barometer | 23 May 2019

Barometer | 23 May 2019
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Milkshakes and other missiles

What can the man who threw a milkshake over Nigel Farage in Newcastle expect as a punishment, from past precedent?

— Tony Blair was struck by a tomato in Bristol in 2001. His attacker was given a two-year conditional discharge.

— In the same year, John Prescott had an egg thrown at him in Wales. The attacker was punched in the face by Prescott.

— In 2004 Tony Blair had a condom full of purple-dyed flour thrown at him in the House of Commons. The assailant was given a two-year conditional discharge.

— In March, a man was jailed for 28 days for throwing an egg at Jeremy Corbyn.

Eurovision failures

Did the UK come last in Eurovision because of Brexit? Our recent record:

AFTER THE REFERENDUM

2019

26th (out of 26)

2018

25th

2017

15th

BEFORE THE REFERENDUM

2016

24th

2014

17th

2012

25th

2011

11th

2010

25th (out of 25)

2003

26th (out of 26)

UK renewables

A third of UK electricity was generated by ‘renewables’ in 2018. Which renewables?

Wind, wave and tidal

20%

Imported biomass

14%

Incineration of general waste

12%

UK-produced biomass

12%

Incineration of wood

11%

Solar

5%

Hydro

2%

Others

24%

The rise and fall of frontrunners

Does the early frontrunner in a Tory leadership election always trip up?

2016  Theresa May topped first ballot with 50.2% of vote, with nearest challenger, Andrea Leadsom, on 20.1%.

2005  David Cameron came a narrow second in first ballot, with 28.3% of vote, against 31.3% for David Davis.

2001  Iain Duncan Smith came second in first ballot, with 23.5% of vote, against 29.5% for Michael Portillo.

1997  William Hague came second in first ballot, with 25.0% of vote, against 29.9% for Kenneth Clarke.

1990  John Major did not even contest first ballot, which was a straight run between Margaret Thatcher and Michael Heseltine.

1975  Margaret Thatcher topped the first ballot, with 47.1% of the vote, against 43.1% for Edward Heath.