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Almost half of France’s MPs are on leave from the civil service. [The Economist, 27th April 2002]

The EU duty on offal is 252 per cent.[Prospect, p65]

Of those who participated in Britain’s local elections on 2nd May, 94 per cent voted for a candidate of one of the three major parties. [Guardian, 4th May 2002]

Buckingham Palace’s annual electricity bill is ?330,000. [Guardian,…

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