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Barometer | 28 March 2019

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Silly signs

The Department for Transport ordered councils to remove ‘obsolete and unnecessary’ road signs. Some examples of the art from around the world:

— ‘Sign not in use’ (UK)

— ‘Please do not throw stones at this sign’ (Ireland)

— ‘Road unsafe when this sign is under water’ (US)

— ‘Caution: water on road during rain’ (US)

— ‘Caution: road unsuitable for some types of vehicle’ (UK)

— ‘Caution: no warning signs’ (US)

— ‘Caution: this sign has sharp edges’ (US)

Packing in fans

Tottenham Hotspur held the first match in its new stadium. Which English clubs can pack in the greatest number of fans?

Manchester United

75,811

Spurs

62,062

Arsenal

60,260

West Ham

60,000

Manchester City

55,000

Liverpool

54,074

Newcastle

52,339

Sunderland

49,000

Aston Villa

42,785

Source: stadiumguide.com

Popular petitions

A petition on the government website to revoke Article 50 surpassed 5 million signatures. The other most popular current petitions (as at 25 March):

Ban all Isis members from

returning to the UK

591,388

Leave EU without a deal

542,237

Ban the sale of fireworks to the public

305,141

School should start at 10 a.m. as teenagers are too tired

186,936

Grant People’s Vote if parliament rejects the EU withdrawal deal

141,892

Make ‘netting’ hedgerows to prevent birds nesting a criminal offence

140,302

Robot takeovers

Which districts have the highest and lowest percentages of jobs at high risk from automation, according to the Office of National Statistics?

MOST

Boston

29.5

Sedgemoor

16.1

Hambleton, Arun

15.1

Peterborough, East Staffs

14.1

Hull

13.6

FEWEST

Wokingham

2.4

Bexley

3.7

Bromley

3.9

Bracknell, West Berks

4.1

Solihull

4.4