The Spectator

Barometer | 28 April 2016

Also in our Barometer column: academy performance, big employers, and casualties of Chernobyl

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Getting a head

Barack Obama dismissed Boris Johnson’s accusations that he shown disdain for Sir Winston Churchill by removing a bust from the Oval Office. What’s the going rate on eBay for such a bust?

One-sixth scale resin bust of Winston Churchill (removable head)

£12.50

Sir Winston Churchill bronze/brass bust

£44

English-made marble bust of Sir Winston Churchill

£70

Signed classic Winston Churchill bust by Oscar Nemon

£80

Tallent Winston Churchill Terracotta Bust Cigar Lighter (used)

£165

The academy difference

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan partially retreated on plans to turn all schools into academies, free from council control. How do academies perform against maintained schools at GCSE?

Sponsored academies

Capped point score at GCSE stage

276

Proportion of pupils who pass five GCSEs at A*–C

43%

 ‘Value added’

985

Similar maintained schools

Capped point score at GCSE stage

278

Proportion of pupils who pass five GCSEs at A*–C

42%

 ‘Value added’

984.5

Source: National Foundation for Education Research

What about the workers?

11,000 jobs were put at risk by the collapse of BHS. Which British-listed companies carry with them the fate of the largest number of employees worldwide?

G4S

623,000

Tesco

480,000

Compass Group

470,000

HSBC

266,273

Unilever

172,000

Sainsbury’s

161,000

Casualties of Chernobyl

What is the death toll from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, 30 years on?

2 emergency workers died at the scene.

134 workers in total suffered acute radiation syndrome (ARS), with 28 dying from it within three months of the disaster.

— A further 19 workers who had ARS had died by 2006 of various causes, though not necessarily as a result of radiation exposure.

— Among the wider population, 6,000 excess cases of thyroid cancer have been attributed to the disaster, mostly among children and most put down to drinking contaminated milk within days of the disaster.

Source: United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Radiation