The Spectator

Barometer | 5 November 2015

Plus: expectations of driverless cars; drugs and porn; celebrity clothes at auction

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Family business

Justin Trudeau, son of Pierre Trudeau, was elected to his father’s old job as Prime Minister of Canada. Other descendants of former leaders currently in power:

— The maternal grandfather of Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, held the same job between 1957 and 1960.

— Park Geun-hye, president of South Korea, is daughter of Park Chung-hee, president between 1963 and 1979.

— Benigno Aquino III, president of the Philippines, is son of Corazon Aquino, president between 1986 and 1992.

— Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, is daughter of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Prime Minister 1972 to 1975.

Safety drive

Does the public expect driverless cars to make the roads safer? Respondents were asked: how likely is it that there will be fewer crashes with self-driving technology?


Very likely


Somewhat likely


Somewhat unlikely


Very unlikely


Source: University of Michigan


Very likely


Somewhat likely


Somewhat unlikely


Very unlikely


Source: University of Michigan

Typical sins

Conservative MP James Cleverly admitted on a radio broadcast to watching online porn and smoking marijuana, the latter at university. Does this make him typical?

31% of adults say they have taken an illegal drug at some point in their lives, according to the British drugs survey.

56% say they have viewed porn on the internet, according to an Opinium poll.

Laundry list

The V&A may take a collection of clothes worn by Mrs Thatcher, while other items of hers are now being auctioned. Some of the most expensive clothes to have been sold (and which suggest the market for celebrity clothing may have peaked four years ago):

$4.6m (£2.8m): Ivory rayon-acetate dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in

The Seven-Year Itch, auctioned 2011.

$3.7m (£2.2m): Frilly white dress designed by Cecil Beaton and worn by Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, auctioned 2011.

$1.8m (£1.1m): Jacket worn by Michael Jackson in Thriller video, auctioned 2011.

43m rupees (£448,000): suit worn by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, auctioned February 2015.

£78,000: see-through dress worn by Kate Middleton during student fashion show at St Andrew’s University, reported to have caused Prince William to remark to a friend, ‘Kate’s hot.’