The Spectator

Barometer | 27 August 2015

Plus: Police Tasers, West End ticket prices and air-show tragedies

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How many cheats?

More data on members of extramarital dating site Ashley Madison were put online. How widespread is adultery?

— The 2000 National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles found 15% of men and 9% of women admitted an ‘overlapping relationship’ within the previous 12 months.

— In 2010 an opinion poll for a dating site found 25% of men and 18% of women had ever cheated on their current partners.

— In most cases, however, the cheat seems to get away with it. In 2012, adultery was cited as the reason for one in seven of 118,140 divorces. This accounts for just 0.07% of the UK’s 24 million marriages.

Shock figures

A man was tasered on an easyJet plane at Gatwick in a row over hand luggage. Which police forces tasered most people last year?



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Just the ticket

Tickets for Elf, a musical on at the Dominion Theatre over Christmas, will cost up to £244. What does a night out in the West End cost this Friday?

— Les Miserables, Queens Theatre: £13.95–£75.25

— Wicked, Apollo: £16.50–£74.25

— Phantom of the Opera, Her Majesty’s: £28.85–£74.95

— Lion King, Lyceum: £41–£135.50


Naming names

At least 11 people on the ground were killed when a 1950s Hawker Hunter jet crashed on the A27 while attempting a loop-the-loop at Shoreham Air Show in Sussex. Some other air show disasters:

— Farnborough, 6 September 1952: DeHavilland 110 fighter broke up on steep climb, killing 29 spectators and injuring 60.

— Paris, 3 June 1973: Tupilev TU-144, a Soviet rival of Concorde, disintegrated, killing 6 on board and 8 on the ground.

— Ramstein, Germany, 28 July 1988: three planes with the Italian Frecce Tricolari display team collided, killing 67 and injuring 346 on the ground.

— Sknyliv, Ukraine, 27 July 2002: plane from the Ukrainian Falcons display team hit the ground and cartwheeled into the crowd, killing 77 and injuring 500.