Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Some British Statistics

From the Sunday Telegraph (actually, from a Sunday Telegraph story about a new book by Simon Briscoe called Britain in Numbers)…

There are more children with special education needs than there are attending private school. (This is especially telling in light of the next statistic…)

There is a record number of children in private school.

Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) is the world’s third largest employer after the Chinese army and the Indian railways. (So why do people here have to wait so long for medical services?)

390,000 people put their religion in the national census as Jedi, the ‘noble order of protectors’ from the Star Wars films. If listed with main faiths, it would have come in fourth, above Sikhism. (Now, I’m really, REALLY curious about numbers one through three.)


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