In Parliament, the Conservative government’s controversial welfare bill was passed last night by a huge majority… helped by acting Labour leader Harriet harman asking MPs to abstain. Instead, 48 of them (one was leadership challenger Jeremy Corbyn) decided to defy the whip and vote against.
The UK rarely gets any form of sunshine and warmth, so when it arrives, even for a few days, most people would welcome it.
But no… as soon as the current warm spell arrives, the country typically descens into chaos. Many people take the day off work, affecting productivity. Despite the warnings, people simply forget to take water and complain about the heat. On public transport, train tracks have sometimes known to buckle in the sudden heat, so speed restrictions have been put in place, slowing down passenger journeys, the situation made even worse by the lack of air conditioning. It makes me laugh when many people often dress inappropriately for such days. It’s annoying when, in spite of all the more important issues going on in the world, the weather is often front-page news in the papers and on TV. Moan moan moan…..
We should be grateful for the fact that in the UK we have a mixed climate. Yes, it rains a lot, we get some sun, sometimes we have snow and thunderstorms…. but that’s nothing compared to many other parts of the world which often suffer the likes of drought, tornadoes, hurricanes and live under the threat of earthquakes on a regular basis.
Days after England’s male under-21 team crash out of the European championships, the senior womens’ team lose 2-1 to Japan at the World Cup in Canada.
It’s becoming a familiar pattern in sport in the UK. Our players and teams go into big competitions thinking they’re just as good as anybody, only to be routinely found out by smarter and stronger opponents.
I’ve regularly criticised that arrogant and overconfident attitude because they put unnecessary pressure on themselves to do well, but when things often go wrong, they start to look for excuses.
The situation will only change when we start to take these competitions seriously, and treat opponents with respect.
After managing to lose a winnable general election last month, the Labour party is having yet another pointless election contest to choose vote-loser Ed Miliband’s successor.
The contest has already been hit by some putting their hats in the ring…. and then pulling out. Let’s face it, who in their right mind would want to lead a both dead and moribund party which has had more relaunches in the last thirty-plus years than most people had hot dinners?
Long before the general election, the UK national press wrote in their editorials urging the electorate to back which political party to vote for. Not surprisingly, most of them have backed the Conservatives.
It seems that David Cameron, despite being unwilling to defend the present government’s record, he can call upon the publishers of The Sun, The Times, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, DailyExpress and The Star (to a lesser extent, because the owner of the last two titles is flirting towards UKIP) to support him. The Independent hasn’t backed any party, but many of its journalists and columnists lean towards the Conservatives.