Magazine article The Spectator


Magazine article The Spectator


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One for the road

Road safety campaigners were angered by the opening of the first pub at a motorway service station, on the M40 in Buckinghamshire.

- Drink-driving campaigns pre-date the motor-car: it was in 1872 that the first law was enacted that made it an offence to drive carriages, horses, cattle and steam engines under the influence of alcohol.

- The law didn't catch up with motor cars until 1925, when a more general law made it an offence to drive any vehicle while drunk.

- The first drink-driving advert on TV appeared in 1964, warning drivers that after eight whiskies they were 25 times as likely to have an accident. A blood alcohol limit did not arrive until two years later.

Union dues

The Police Federation was revealed to be sitting on assets of £95 million. How does this compare with other trade unions?

Unison £ 112m BMA £93m NFU £78m Unite £ 61m GMB £38m NUT £38m

Crowded house

The percentage of 20- to 34-year-olds living with their parents has increased from 21% in 1996 to 26% now. …

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