Latest Issue

Britain is responsible for half the potato crisp consumption of Europe. [Today, BBC Radio 4, 15th May 2006] China spends less on defence than Britain. [The Spectator, 21st April 2006] Up to a third of the Libyan population is estimated to have died during the Italian occupation in the 1930s. [New Yorker, 8th May 2006] The average age of local councillors in Britain is 58. 87 per cent of councillors are over 45. [Councillors’ Census] Britain is the world’s 15th biggest oil producer; Iraq the 16th. [CIA World Factbook] The cult German band Tangerine Dream were named after a nickname…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect