Barometer | 18 June 2022

18 June 2022

9:00 AM

18 June 2022

9:00 AM

He really is appalled

Prince Charles was reported to have described the government’s plan to send asylum-seekers for processing in Rwanda as ‘appalling’. The Prince of Wales has been associated with the word since at least 1988, mainly because of the ‘Heir of Sorrows’ column in Private Eye, where many things elicit the reaction ‘it really is appalling’. He has, however, used the word in real life – most recently last November at the ceremony to remove the Queen as head of state in Barbados, when he talked of the ‘appalling atrocity’ of slavery.

Breach of contract

The economy contracted by 0.3% in April, but some sectors bucked the trend.

Effect of sector on overall growth figure:

Vehicle and motorcycle repair +0.27%

Admin and support services +0.05%

Information and communication +0.05%

Real estate activities +0.03%

Accommodation and food services +0.03%

Three sectors registered no change: Activities of households as employers; Public administration and defence; Transportation and storage.

Source: Office for National Statistics

Land survey

The government said it wanted more farmland, to boost national food security – appearing to reverse a commitment made in January to take land out of production and rewild it. How is land in England used?

Agriculture 62.8%

Forest, open land and water 21%

Residential gardens 4.8%

Transport and utilities 4.8%

Outdoor recreation 2.2%

Residential 1.1%

Community service 0.7%

Industry and Commerce 0.4%

Other/unknown 2.2%

Source: Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

Fare wages

How do railway workers’ earnings compare with those of the people relying on railways to get to work?

Starting salary / Experienced

Train driver £24,000 / £65,000

Guard/conductor £23,000 / £36,000

Station worker £17,500 / £27,000

Track repairer £16,500 / £34,000

And the passengers:

Nurse £25,654 / £31,533

Teacher £25,714 / £41,604

Finance officer £19,500 / £34,000

Office manager £18,000 / £38,000

Source: National Careers Service

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