Weekly News Roundup

For those of you that don’t watch the news, or weirdly, watch it on mute- I’m here to save you. Here’s my weekly news roundup.

The media have been going wild since Donald Trump announced he would enforce a ‘temporary measure’ where all Muslims would be banned from entering the country. He said the measure would be needed until government officials figure out, I quote, ‘what the hell is going on.’ I’ve seen the footage of him saying this quite a few times and I think what scared me most was that there was no heckling or booing; anything that sounded like a sign of disagreement.

I’m sure these comments were fuelled by the recent shooting that took place where a Muslim couple shot people in a centre for people with developmental disabilities. However, Donald Trump is forgetting that most of the school shootings (including the Batman cinema shootings) were committed by white disillusioned Americans. The problem is not that of Islam or race for that matter, and making it appear as if so steers public debate away from the true issues at heart. The problem is guns- that is gun laws and the second amendment; which I believe is out of date and is in need of reform. I was talking to my flatmate who was in agreement and she said she doesn’t know how many shootings are going to have to take place for the government to realise this. This is sad, but true.

Britain voted to send airstrikes to Syria. Something, I (and millions of others) did not agree with it. However, it was pretty much a damned if you, damned if you don’t situation. Although much of the Labour Party voted against it, just under 160 MPs I believe, 66 voted in favour. The bombs are said to be over £100,000 each- which is simply, just ridiculous. I think it’s around 6,000 people that sleep homeless in London each year, a figure that is much higher if we include the rest of Britain and the government choose to spend all this money (they supposedly don’t have) on defence and the military. Priorities need to be re-evaluated if you ask me.

Other events

The global climate summit finally came to an end, after being extended. It’s been heralded as historic, as it’s the first time, the majority of the world’s countries- developed and developing- have reached a consensus on how to tackle the issue. Floods have been taking place in the North of England and the government has set aside £50 million for aid. Saudi Arabia has allowed women to vote in regional elections- there was an 80% turnout, compared to the 44% turnout for men. Tim Peak, a British astronaut has shot off into space! Lastly, Louisa Johnson has become the UK’s youngest winner of the X factor, at the tender age of 17. How Charming.

 

My weekly guilty pleasure

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Going downhill?

My weekly guilty pleasure has to be X factor. This year- I was unsure about whether I would watch it or not. After missing the first few episodes of auditions I decided to give it a pass- because after all, lets be honest, auditions are the best part of any talent show. Watching others making a fool of themselves makes you feel better about yourself, because you know you would never subject yourself to that sort of humiliation. Nationwide humiliation, may I point out. So, anyway, like I was saying, I said wouldn’t watch it- but boredom took over one Saturday and my hand twitched towards the remote. Luckily I hadn’t missed all the audition episodes, so I still got my fair share of laughs. 

Ella Henderson  was definitely the highlight of the series. Her voice is pure heaven. She belongs on my list of names of voices that I could listen to endlessly along with Eva Cassidy, Adele…etc Plus, she was my age- making her AWESOME. When she went home I turned into one of the many viewers who believed the votes had been rigged.Something inside me died that day and I became almost certain that day that X factor would never return to its former glory. Well maybe I’ll be proven wrong, who knows…?