Barometer

Where does our food actually come from?

18 August 2018 9:00 am

Black list Jeremy Corbyn was attacked for attending a ceremony for members of Black September, the terrorist group which carried…

Are Britain’s railways really the envy of the world?

4 August 2018 9:00 am

Ranking railways A director of the Rail Delivery Group claimed that Britain’s railways were the ‘envy of Europe’. Could it…

Who throws acid at whom?

28 July 2018 9:00 am

Relax Asked about her spare time, Theresa May said she liked walking, cooking (she has 150 cookbooks) and watching the…

Why is the Trump balloon known as a ‘blimp’?

21 July 2018 9:00 am

Blimpish beginnings Protesters flew a ‘blimp’ depicting President Trump as a baby in central London. Why are balloons known as…

The hidden dangers of bouncy castles

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Trapped Twelve Thai boys and their football coach were found in a cave ten days after being trapped by rising…

What happened to the teams who scored more than six goals in a World Cup?

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Nursing numbers Was there ever a time when the NHS wasn’t in crisis? According to a report by NHS Health…

Barometer: Trespassing, healthcare and David Dimbleby’s retirement

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Well oiled The government last week ordered a review into the medical use of cannabis. Some cannabis oil available on…

Doctors and deaths: how many mortalities were avoidable?

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Mortal combat Health secretary Jeremy Hunt promised more protection for medical staff accused of criminal malpractice after a doctor was…

Which town is most proud to be English?

9 June 2018 9:00 am

Ready for take-off? That Heathrow timeline in full: 1949 Labour government proposes an additional two runways for newly opened Heathrow…

What do Gammons really think of gammon-gate?

19 May 2018 9:00 am

Gammon vs gammon Controversy raged over whether calling an angry, white, right-wing man a ‘gammon’ is racist. The insult is…

Barometer: The top four worst microphone gaffes

5 May 2018 9:00 am

Is this thing on? Sainsbury’s Chief Executive Mike Coupe was recorded singing ‘We’re in the Money’ as he prepared to…

Worried about owning your own home? You should be

28 April 2018 9:00 am

Kill or cure An anti-war protester on a march against the Syrian missile attacks claimed that President Assad couldn’t be…

Britain has 58,000 ‘travellers’ – but only a quarter live in caravans

14 April 2018 9:00 am

Disapproving chorus Derbyshire’s Chief Constable told the all-male Derbyshire Constabulary Choir to sever all police ties unless it takes women.…

How do you make a cricket ball swing?

31 March 2018 9:00 am

Not cricket The Australian cricket captain Steve Smith was banned for a match and fined his match fee after a…

Jeremy Corbyn’s hat and the art of photo manipulation

24 March 2018 9:00 am

Spin doctors The BBC has denied it photoshopped a Newsnight backdrop to make Jeremy Corbyn’s hat look more Russian. The…

The ageing rock stars who go on and on

3 March 2018 9:00 am

Ageing rockers The Rolling Stones announced their first live shows for five years. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards (both 74), Charlie…

How to get the Winter Olympics experience at home

24 February 2018 9:00 am

The great indoors How to get the Winter Olympics experience without leaving England: — The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead: ‘London’s…

Are these the coldest Winter Olympics ever?

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Museums of curiosity The former culture secretary Ed Vaizey suggested that there are quite enough museums in Britain, and that…

Dire warnings of a Brexit university brain drain? They’re a myth

10 February 2018 9:00 am

How to sell snake oil Ex-cabinet secretary Lord O’Donnell accused Brexiteers of ‘selling snake oil’. How do you sell snake…

Ikea’s founder was a billionaire skinflint – but others were even worse

3 February 2018 9:00 am

Tight money Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of Ikea, was worth an estimated £40 billion. Yet the eighth richest man in…

What did Ukip do in five years that took Sinn Fein 66?

27 January 2018 9:00 am

Redundant robots Fabio, a robot assistant in an Edinburgh grocery store, was retired after scaring customers. We worry about artificial…

Which UK employer pays men 80 per cent less than women?

20 January 2018 9:00 am

Big losers Construction company Carillion collapsed with debts of £1.5 billion. How does that compare with other UK corporate failures?Overend…

Are things really getting better? The numbers tell us so

13 January 2018 9:00 am

Many people are gloomy about 2018. But some things are improving every year… Natural disasters These killed 9,066 people in…

How did psychic predictions for 2017 play out?

6 January 2018 9:00 am

Did that happen? What psychics foresaw for 2017:— ‘Crash in euro, Denmark and Italy leaving the EU; North and South…

What Christmas really costs us — and how much of it we waste

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Christmas splurge How much extra do households spend at Christmas?— £500, according to the Bank of England. Over the course…