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Barometer | 27 April 2017

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Barometer | 27 April 2017
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Pippa goes public

Church of England lawyers ruled that the public must be allowed to attend the wedding of Pippa Middleton at St Mark’s Church, Englefield, Berkshire on 20 May. Other rulings that could put the dampers on your celebrity wedding:

— Marriages are public services. All parishioners, and possibly all members of the public, must be let in ‘unless a genuine question of safety or security arises’.

— It is not legally clear whether marriage services can be ticketed, but if they are then they must be publicised.

— No video can be produced without the consent of the organist.

Time off

Jeremy Corbyn wants another four public holidays. Which countries have the most?

Argentina

18

Hong Kong, India

17

Russia, Japan, South Korea,

Saudi Arabia, Brazil

15

Singapore

14

Netherlands, China, Germany,

France, Spain, Italy

11

USA, Canada, Mexico

10

Germany, Austria

9

UK

8

Red’s not dead

The Communist Party of Great Britain is not fielding any general election candidates and is throwing its weight behind Jeremy Corbyn. How much weight is that?

The Communist vote in recent elections:

Election year (seats fought)

Votes

1979 (38)

16,858

1983 (35)

11,606

1987 (19)

6,079

1992 (4)

603

1997 (5)

639

2001 (6)

1,003

2005 (6)

1,124

2010 (6)

947

2015 (9)

1,229

Grow more

Emmanuel Macron wants to make France more business-friendly. Which countries host the highest numbers of Europe’s 1,000 fastest-growing companies?

Germany

239

UK

235

Italy

186

France

139

Spain

102

Netherlands

29

Sweden

13

Poland

6

Switzerland

5

Czech, Romania

4

Ireland, Finland, Iceland,

Belgium

3

Austria, Norway

2

Bulgaria, Portugal, Hungary,

Denmark, Croatia, Malta

1

Source: FTSE 1000 fastest-growing companies