Bitesize Blighty: August 26, 2016
While we were sad to see the Olympics end, we were all extremely excited to see Great Britain's record-breaking Olympics team arrive back in London on Tuesday. While the US claimed the highest number of medals, Great Britain is the first country to improve on a home medal haul at the subsequent Games, their 67 beating 65 from London 2012. While some members of the team had returned home already, the remainder of the 320 athletes and support staff arrived on a gold-nosed, British Airways flight named "victoRIOus.’ Bring on the Paralympics! Read more
The Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn continues to divide public opinion over a row over overcrowding on inter-city trains. The row, otherwise known as traingate, has come about following accusations that Mr. Corbyn misled the British public over a video of him sitting on the floor of a Virgin Trains East Coast train. In the video, he said he was sitting on the floor because the train was "ram-packed" and used this to make the case for renationalising British Rail. However, CCTV footage released later appears to show empty seats in parts of the train, as well as Mr. Corbyn later taking a seat. Mr. Corbyn’s subsequent excuse was that he was looking for two seats together so that he could sit with his wife and that he had been seated by staff when other passengers were upgraded. To read more about traingate and the latest developments, click here.
Speaking of politics, outgoing UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader, Nigel Farage made a guest appearance at a Trump Rally in Mississippi. He appeared before 15,000 supporters and urged Republicans to "get your walking boots on" and drum up support for the Republican presidential nominee. While Nigel Farage’s appearance seems to have gone down well with Trump’s supporters, we can’t help but think that this is quite hypocritical given Nigel Farage’s disparaging comments about Barack Obama’s views and involvement in the Brexit debate. Read more.