Bitesized Blighty: January 9, 2015
Round-up news from across the Atlantic . . .
- US/UK relations have never been stronger - apparently Obama calls David Cameron "Bro"! Confirming press speculation, the Prime Minister said that he believes it signifies the closeness of the two leaders.
- In economic news, Deutsche Bank has argued that, regardless of which party wins the upcoming election, Britain is in trouble. It has claimed that austerity is inevitable after the election and that it will be particularly painful without a QE programme from the Bank of England to help prop up investments. Happy New Year everybody!
- After its leader controversially won The Times' "Britain of the Year" award, marmite political party UKIP was making headlines for different reasons this week. Ofcom—the British regulatory and competition authority for the broadcasting, telecommunications and postal industries—announced yesterday that UKIP shall now be regarded as one of the country's major political parties. This means that they will be involved in any future televised political debates. The Prime Minister responded angrily to the decision and has refused to take part in any debate that doesn't also involve the Green Party.
- Stephen Fry, the UK's favorite intellectual (and former Hugh Laurie sidekick), has had a busy week this week. Only days after announcing his engagement, the actor and comedian found himself in court taking the wrap for his new fiancée's speeding charge. Now that is love!