Questions

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What do you do on a wet Wednesday when you are still feeling ill with a cold? Why not watch prime ministers question time? It was fascinating. (I’m probably being boring) the leader of the opposition asked some serious questions and the prime minister waffled. He went off on a tangent, avoided answering the questions. Blustered, smirked, was sarcastic. It was almost like watching a soap opera! I genuinely wanted to boo and hiss! Not done my blood pressure any good.

I think though, that it is important to know what’s going on in politics. The world is a complicated place and if you don’t keep yourself informed you can’t argue for or against them.

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Proroguing Parliament

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Britain is in a fog, continent isolated. Which was something like a headline in the 1950’s?

Britain is due to leave the EU (European Union) on 31st October because some of the British people decided in 2016 that they wanted to leave.

But now our new prime minister has decided to prorogue parliament, that means stopping parliament meeting for five weeks to stop them fighting against brexit. It appears that he wants to leave Europe without a deal. That means we might end up paying tariffs to import or export goods, there is also a chance that our health service will be privatised further and difficulty importing medicines and food.

It seems ridiculous that this has happened. He’s even got the queen involved, asking for her approval. It’s madness.

So why prorogue? Our prime minister says he needs the time to announce new policies, funny, previous prime ministers don’t usually do that.

In the meantime there is a petition which has been going just today and has already over 596000 signatures. The madness in this country seems to be the populism that is washing over the world. Not just here but in America and places like Brazil.

In the time it took to write it the petition has topped 600000!

Buying papers, the cost

 

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I did a calculation today because I love newspapers and we get them virtually every day, but a friend asked how we could afford it…..

The result was scary! It turns out if we buy a paper every day of the week it costs hundreds of pounds!

Hiw on earth didn’t I realise this. My partner also buys a magazine every week… Help!

Luckily I’ve realised if I subscribe just for the weekday papers it would cost 2/3 the price (or we could stop buying it completely, which is possibly the more sensible option.

We want to keep informed and find out what’s going on in the world. But with fake news on the Internet and a biased press I prefer to read a paper I trust…. So we will consider the subscription route.