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The bits of Magna Carta that David Cameron won’t want taught in schools

Plus: Does a dirty football team indicate a crime-ridden country?

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The not-so-great charter

David Cameron wants every child to be taught about Magna Carta. Some bits he might want to leave out:

— ‘If one who has borrowed from the Jews any sum, great or small, die before that loan be repaid, the debt shall not bear interest while the heir is under age.’

— ‘No one shall be arrested or imprisoned upon the appeal of a woman, for the death of any other than her husband.’

Foul play

Is there a correlation between bad behaviour from a country’s football team and violence in the country as a whole?

WORST-BEHAVED TEAMS IN EUROPE

Homicides per 100,000 people

Ukraine

4.3

Romania

1.7

Croatia

1.2

Iceland

0.3

Bulgaria

1.9

Fouls in World Cup qualifying

Ukraine

186

Romania

164

Croatia

156

Iceland

153

Bulgaria

148

Germany

0.8

Spain

0.8

BEST-BEHAVED TEAMS IN EUROPE

Homicides per 100,000 people

Georgia

84

Italy

79

Northern Ireland

76

Germany

70

Spain

58

Fouls in World Cup qualifying

Georgia

4.3

Italy

0.9

Northern Ireland

1.0

Germany

0.8

Spain

0.8

Source: Fifa/Nationmaster

Baby steps

Labour wants to introduce four weeks’ paid paternity leave. Here’s how paid maternity leave compares in developed countries:

Czech Republic

4 years

Sweden

16 months

Germany

12 months*

UK

12 months

Canada

50 weeks

Italy

22 weeks

France/Spain

16 weeks

Japan

14 weeks

USA

None†

*14 months for single parents

†Except in California, New York and a handful of other states

Suffering for their art

Harrison Ford was injured by a spaceship door while making a Star Wars film. These were the accidents on film sets reported over four years to consultants Actsafe:

General stuntwork

69

Wire work/ratchets

45

Martial arts

23

High fall

16

Acrobatics

14

Driving

12

Work with horses

8

Fire

8

Aerial work

6

Motorcycle

6