While utterly ludicrous and a sorrowful reminder that parliament is dominated by richer, more frivolous versions of Bertram Wooster, I couldn’t help but find the recent energy bill expenses scandal pretty hilarious. As it transpires we, the public, have been effectively subsidising the riding school business of Stratford-upon-Avon MP, Nadhim Zahawi, owner of a 31 acre Warwickshire estate and a £5 million London residence, through his expenses claims of £5,822.27 for electricity in his stables. Zahawi is sadly struggling through life without a moat but I will be starting the ‘Moats for the Needy’ fund this Christmas so, please, dig deep and make someone-much-more-fortunate-than-you’s Christmas wish come true. But for anyone doubting that Zahawi is a stand-up guy he has earnestly remedied his ‘mistake’ (he didn’t realise he was only getting one instead of two electricity bills, the silly-Billy) and paid back all the money.
Man’s best friend has had a subjected life over the past 10 years. Breeding programmes, labelling as illegal and misuse of dogs as fighting tools has only damaged their reputation rather than that of the owner or the breeding group. Our current mentality defining good bad a dog is not only causing harm to the dogs themselves, but it has also led to some tragedies that in some cases could have been avoidable. However, we must understand that dogs are still canines. The relation to wolves, foxes, jackals and coyotes may determine their psychological state. This in the future may have to be looked at thoroughly when we are accepting our furry friends into a home.
The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) has released a report concerning the teaching of Religious Education in British high schools and primary schools. Ofsted found that, “the potential of Religious Education was not being realised fully in the majority of schools surveyed for this report.”
In the United States, we say that you’ve been denied a real college experience if you haven’t studied abroad. At the end of sophomore year, my campus was abuzz with students who were eagerly awaiting their upcoming semesters in a variety of exotic locations all over the world. I had friends who wanted to fall in love in the illuminated streets of Paris, to study biodiversity in the untamed wilderness of Brazil, to wake up to the sight of a Venetian canal, to wake up at 3pm on a beach in Barcelona with vomit in their hair.
Consequently, when I announced that I would be studying in a land renowned for kilts and haggis, and where Willie the Groundskeeper was the most recognisable cultural icon, I was met with a mixture of befuddlement and surprise. “Why Scotland?” people would ask, and even now, it’s difficult to express just what drew me to this little country in the corner of the world.
Politics is very serious business in the UK. No, really. Apart from The Thick Of It, through what medium do we have to satirise and engage with politics? The most exciting thing we have at the moment is hoping that one of these days David Dimbleby is going to snap on Question Time. Remember when he called Robin Cook “Robin Cock” by accident? That’s about as good as it gets, without Malcolm Tucker storming around.
Should consenting adults have to ask for David Cameron’s permission to view sex online? Unfortunately it doesn’t matter what your answer to that question is; it seems like the voters have no say in the matter.
Creepy McCreeperface, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, (real name George Osborne for those of you that haven’t been paying attention), announced his budget recently. Emily Boldry takes a look at what students can expect to gain or lose from his plans.