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Bitesized Blighty: March 10, 2017

Emma Townsend,  Immy Ransom

  • On Wednesday, Chancellor Phillip Hammond delivered his first and last Spring budget (for the folks across the pond, The Spring Budget sets out the government’s plans for the economy based on the latest forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility). Significant announcements included more funding for social care, a controversial tax raise for the self-employed and more positive economic forecast than expected.
  • On Thursday, the Queen unveiled the official memorial to British servicemen and civilians who lost their lives in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. The unveiling courted controversy as former prime minister Tony Blair who is widely blamed for British involvement in the conflict was invited to attend.  
  •  The Welsh, Scottish, English and Irish Rugby teams are preparing for the pen-ultimate weekend of the 6 nations tournament. England are currently the favourite to win (sorry Fred!) and if they win their match against Scotland on Saturday they will equal the world record for consecutive unbeaten matches set by the All Blacks. 

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