I remember sitting watching a movie with my family a few days ago and my parents for the duration of it were going through the mortality rates caused by the coronavirus for every country. It feels as if it has taken over the internet; the BBC even has a whole new section on its website dedicated to COVID-19. Although it is important to stay educated on this important matter, I feel that we are slowly letting it take over our lives. So here is some more positive news to focus on:
The Liberal Democrat manifesto has clearly stated that they, if elected, will revoke Article 50, stop Brexit and allow us to stay in the EU. This will navigate the democratic implications of a second referendum by stating that “Every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to stop Brexit”, giving them the mandate to carry this out. Not only do they state that Brexit is bad for jobs, security, and prosperity but the campaign incentivises a vote by promising the investment of £50 billion remain Bonus in public services. Lib-Dems assert that the Conservatives only offer more painstaking, long-winded negotiations in their bid to ‘get Brexit done’ and Labour’s path remains fairly unclear and thus, a vote for the Liberal Democrats is the only choice when it comes to bettering and protecting British interests.
On Wednesday, Labour pledged to wage war on the “ten modern scourges of poverty”. This is an attempt from the party to undo the argued decade of austerity, facilitated through the Conservative Party. Recently, the party has published their ‘Poverty Britain: Ten Ways the Tories have Entrenched Poverty across Britain’ report, describing how the Conservative Party have allowed a “poverty crisis” to occur, widespread and visible to all of Britain. The report outlines why this is the case, highlighting 10 crucial tests for tackling poverty and improving living standards failed by the Conservatives.
Iran is known to have very strict gender laws, including when it comes to sports. Women have to cover their heads with a ‘rusari’ and wear a ‘manteau’ or ‘chador’, resembling a long coat. Some universities don’t let women study ‘manly’ subjects such as engineering, and women often need permission from their fathers/husbands to travel or work.
Hong Kong’s recent protests regarding their promised independence are causing pain and national trouble, and the matter isn’t getting better. Hong Kong’s protests started this year due to the recently passed bill put in place.