The Spectator

Barometer | 26 April 2018

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Kill or cure

An anti-war protester on a march against the Syrian missile attacks claimed that President Assad couldn’t be a bad man because ‘he’s a doctor, for heaven’s sake’. Some other qualified medics who provide counter-evidence for this theory:

Dr Harold Shipman GP in Hyde, Manchester, convicted of 15 murders in 2000, though it is thought that he may have killed more than 250 patients.

Dr Crippen US-trained homeopath and ear and eye specialist who dispensed medicines, though his qualifications were not recognised in Britain. He was hanged in 1910 for murdering his wife.

Josef Mengele Gained a PhD in anthropology, researched genetics, then gained a doctorate in medicine before taking a job as physician at Auschwitz.

Windie days

Overzealous Home Office officials are accused of unfairly targeting the post-war ‘Windrush generation’ by demanding that they prove their right to live in Britain. How large is this generation?

— West Indies immigration peaked in 1955-1962 , averaging 32,850 arrivals a year.

— Controls after 1962 reduced this to 15,000 by 1966 and 5,000 by 1971.

— Successive censuses recorded UK residents with a birthplace in West Indies (first figure) and their UK-born children.

1st generation / 2nd generation

1951

17,218 / N/A

1961

173,659 / 26,000

1966

330,780 / 50,000

1971

304,070 / 244,000

1981

295,179 / 250,000

Toxic dump

How is the world getting on at destroying stocks of chemical weapons? (In tonnes)

Declared / Destroyed

VX nerve agent

19,586 / 19,162

Mustard gas

17,439 / 15,033

Sarin

15,047 / 14,022

Soman

9,057 / 8,803

Lewisite

6,746 / 6,617

Home nations

The Resolution Foundation suggested that a third of Britons born between 1980 and 1996 will never own their own home. Which European countries have the highest and lowest rates of homeownership?

Highest

Romania

96.2%

Slovakia

90.3%

Lithuania

89.9%

Croatia

89.7%

Hungary

88.2%

Lowest

Switzerland

44.5%

Germany

52.5%

Turkey

61.1%

Denmark

63.3%

UK

64.4%

Source: Eurostat