Chart of the day: the biggest employers in the world

Where does the NHS rank?

In one of his memorable fusillades against the NHS, Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan observed that the service was the biggest employer in the world after the Chinese Red Army and the Indian State Railway. He was wrong, but not by much.

As the graph below shows, the NHS employs 1.4m people, making it the seventh largest employer in the world. It's one reason why Andrew Lansley would have been wise to tread far more carefully than he did.

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The NS Podcast #176: Younge, guns and identity politics

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Helen and Stephen are joined by author and editor-at-large for the Guardian, Gary Younge, to discuss the findings of his new book: Another Day in the Death of America.

Seven kids die every day from gun violence in the US yet very few make the national news. Is there any way to stop Americans becoming inured to the bloodshed? The enraging, incredibly sad and sometimes peculiarly funny stories of ten kids on one unremarkable Saturday attempt to change that trend.

(Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, Gary Younge).

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