Hello! Apologies for the non-appearance of a letter last week, it turns out that when big life events are happening I am extremely flaky. So, fair warning (heh): There won’t be a letter next week as I will be busy moving to my new flat. Hooray!
Interesting experiment by YouGov: Ask the public which of their views they feel that no party represents them on. The most significant one is that many feel the justice system isn’t harsh enough. Quite fascinating, because what on earth does the public actually know about the justice system?!
New BBC research shows there are 11,000 more pupils in grammar schools in England now compared to 2010. Not sure I am massively on board with them since they don’t have to concern themselves with pupils who might struggle to achieve, which feels a bit like a dereliction of duty to me.
Not strictly data but does involve numbers, or more precisely, how they don’t add up. Lots of reports this week talk about how many councils are under serious pressure thanks to government cuts as part of an austerity drive started in 2010. What does it look like when councils can only provide “core services”?
I never listen to the radio or podcasts but I made an exception this week, since Jonathan Athow, the ONS’s deputy national statistician, tweeted about this. He was interviewed by Economics With Subtitles about how GDP works. I had forgotten that the drugs trade was included in GDP, and I found this a great listen. Favourite exchange: “In some ways, ONS do not care about the law” “Well, we do care about the law…” 😆
“Barely a week goes by when the country’s roller-coaster ride of Brexit negotiations fails to take a sudden twist.” Uhuh! The Economist notes that just one-third of the country support a hard Brexit whereas Remain is probably the top choice for people, however they’re asked.
I don’t often see things by Bloomberg but I guess this is an exception. Don’t be misled by the picture because the actual interactive is better than it seems. The amount of land used for cows is… shocking.
Women tend to vote democratic while men tend to vote republican (I guess they would feel differently if republicans were more concerned with interfering in men’s reproductive systems?) but in the run-up to the midterms it looks like the gap between them is wider than ever before.
Another ‘gap’ - this time, in the age women have children. Perhaps not unsurprisingly, women tend to become mothers at an older age in big cities and coastal areas. The gap cuts a divide along socioeconomic lines like education - the piece says “college is a stronger factor than geography or home prices”.
I meant to put this in a previous newsletter, or maybe I did and I’ve forgotten. Either way, it’s quite interesting to see the street orientation of cities across the world. No surprises in terms of the most grid-like cities.
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