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Barometer | 8 February 2018

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How to sell snake oil

Ex-cabinet secretary Lord O’Donnell accused Brexiteers of ‘selling snake oil’. How do you sell snake oil? Some eBay listings:

— Original snake oil. £11.99 for 125ml. ‘Natural hair treatment. No chemicals. Feeds the hair and protects from precipitation. Free from alcohol. Country or region of manufacture: Saudi Arabia.’

— Snake oil strengthening hair mask with mamushi snake oil. £25.22 for 500g. ‘The effective remedy of supplementary hair care. The mask is perfect for dry and damaged hair.’ Some listed ingredients: aqua, cetearyl alcohol, paraffinum liquidum, cetrimonium chloride, mamushi oil, parfum’ (no actual snake oil).

Women’s march

Which countries beat Britain to granting women the vote?

1755

Corsican Republic

1838

Pitcairn

1856

Norfolk Island

1881

Isle of Man (unmarried women with property)

1893

New Zealand

1902

Australia (South Australia from 1895)

1906

Finland

1913

Norway

1915

Denmark

1917

Russia, Armenia, Estonia, Canada

The Brexit brain gain

There was an increase in overseas students applying to study at UK universities (contrary to claims that Brexit would dissuade applicants). Which countries supplied the most applicants in 2017?

China

11,920

Hong Kong

5,320

France

4,590

India

4,470

US

3,840

Italy

3,750

Ireland

3,740

Poland

3,700

Source: UCAS

Slipping the net

Student Lauri Love won a High Court case against extradition to the US on hacking charges. How prolific are UK hackers?

— In 2013 Deutsche Telekom produced a list of the 15 countries where most cyber attacks originate. Britain did not even make it on to the list. The top countries were:

Russia

2,400,000

Taiwan

907,000

Germany

780,000

Ukraine

566,000

Hungry

366,000

USA

355,000

Romania

351,000

Brazil

337,000