Voyage into history
How did the Labour government respond to the arrival of the Empire Windrush on 22 June 1948? While the ship was at sea, Prime Minister Clement Attlee tried but failed to have it diverted to East Africa so that its passengers could work on the groundnut scheme. He later wrote to concerned MPs that it was ‘a great mistake to regard these people as undesirable or unemployables. The majority of them are honest workers, who can make a genuine contribution to our labour difficulties at the present time. It is difficult to prophesy whether events will repeat themselves, but I think it will be shown that too much importance — too much publicity too — has been attached to the present argosy of Jamaicans… These circumstances are not likely to be repeated; yet even so not all the passages available were taken up’.
Sir James Bevan, chief executive of the Environment Agency, suggested that Britain ‘is no longer a wet and rainy country’ due to climate change. Is the country really getting drier? Average annual rainfall in mm:
England / UK
1961-90 828 / 1,101
In the week following the reopening of non-essential shops, how did footfall compare with the same week last year?
West End -81%
Theresa May was reported to have earned £115,000 for each of four corporate speeches. How much did former prime ministers earn for their first speeches after leaving office?
— David Cameron was reported to have been paid £120,000 for an hour-long speech to Wall Street financiers.