<![CDATA[Upsum]]>https://upsum.news/https://upsum.news/static/images/upsum-logo-share-twitter.pngUpsumhttps://upsum.news/RSS for NodeMon, 06 Jul 2020 07:39:47 GMTMon, 06 Jul 2020 07:39:47 GMT60<![CDATA[Are electric cars safe?]]>

Are electric vehicles (EVs) safe or dangerous, what are the risks - and do the batteries ever explode?

Many electric vehicles (EVs) are powered using lithium-ion batteries, which have a small risk of catching fire and exploding. Electric car makers such as Tesla have installed precautionary devices such as fuses and circuit breakers to disconnect the battery in the event of a collision. Some manufacturers also use air-cooling systems to keep battery packs at lower temperatures; and separate the batteries from each other using steel casings. Volvo installs the battery pack in its C30 DRIVe Electric as far as possible from the car's 'crumple zone' to keep it safe in the event of a crash.


[How Stuff Works] (https://auto.howstuffworks.com/are-electric-cars-safe-in-accidents.htm)

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<![CDATA[Which is the best electric family car?]]>

Which electric vehicle (EV) suits families best and what features does it have that make it good to drive and travel with kids?

The Kia e-Niro is a great choice for families due to its 253 (road tested) mile range, meaning that if you're making short, local trips, it will only need to be charged once a week. There's also room for three kids in the back, and it boasts a 451-litre boot space. The Hyundai Kona Electric is also recommended - it's cheaper, runs for 279 miles and is slightly smaller, too. The Jaguar I-Pace has a similar range to the Tesla Model X (292 miles), and offers a 656-litre boot space.


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<![CDATA[Do you have to pay road tax on an electric car?]]>

What are the rules on paying road tax on electric cars and are electric vehicles (EVs) exempt?

Electric cars don't give off any carbon emissions, and are exempt from car tax. Electric cars which are worth more than £40,000 are also exempt from the 'expensive car supplement', as per the 2020 Budget, until 2025.


[Which] (https://www.which.co.uk/reviews/new-and-used-cars/article/best-cars/best-electric-cars#tax)

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<![CDATA[What is an electric car like to drive?]]>

What does it feel like to drive an electric car on the road and how is it different to petrol or diesel cars?

While the driving basics are the same - there's an accelerator, brake pedal and steering wheel - electric cars can feel different to drive because they're so quiet. There are no pistons or combustion. Some are driven using just one pedal. When you lift your foot off the accelerator, the car brakes.


[Which] (https://www.which.co.uk/reviews/new-and-used-cars/article/best-cars/best-electric-cars#driving)

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<![CDATA[Are electric car charging points free?]]>

How much money does it cost to use electric car charging stations and how much is it to charge an electric car (EV) at home?

There are often free charging points available to use at supermarkets or public car parks. Rapid charging points at motorway service stations will cost around £6.50 for you to charge for 30 minutes. If you're charging at home and using your home electricity supply, it works out to around £8.40 for a full overnight charge. It's definitely much cheaper than filling a car with a tankful of petrol or diesel - partly because those fuels have high levels of tax, with the fuel tax levy and VAT applied.


[Pod Point] (https://pod-point.com/guides/driver/cost-of-charging-electric-car) [At This Time] (https://www.at-this-time.com/driving-electric-s-cheaper-but-that-s-not-good-news-for-everyone/)

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<![CDATA[How do you charge an electric car?]]>

How are electric vehicles' batteries charged up, how do you use a plug-in charging station and can you give them power at home?

If you have installed a home charging point (a weatherproof, wall-mounted unit that works with a charging cable or socket) you can charge your electric car battery overnight - or top it up during the day. You can also take it to a dedicated electric vehicle (EV) charging station.


[Pod Point] (https://pod-point.com/guides/driver/charging-electric-car-at-home)

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<![CDATA[What is the range of electric cars?]]>

How far can electric cars travel and what kind of distances can you drive in them?

The range an electric car can travel on a single battery charge varies wildly - from 259 miles (the Hyundai Kona Electric), to 253 miles (the Jaguar I-Pace and the Kia e-Niro), to 239 miles (the Tesla Model 3). At the other end of the scale are distances of 192 miles (the Renault Zoe R135), 181 miles (the Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus) and 165 miles (the BMW i3 120Ah) in real-world testing conducted by Autocar.


[Autocar] https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/best-cars/electric-cars-best-real-world-range

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<![CDATA[Do electric cars cause pollution?]]>

Are electric cars (EVs) or BEVs good or bad for the environment, and do they generate carbon emissions?

While there are zero tailpipe emissions, electric cars aren't entirely carbon-neutral, due to the manufacturing processes involved in making them. Some studies have shown that making an electric car actually produces more greenhouse gas emissions than building a regular car.


[The Green Age] (https://www.thegreenage.co.uk/tech/environmental-footprint-electric-cars/)

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<![CDATA[How do electric car batteries work?]]>

How do battery electric vehicles (BEVs) work and how do they move or are powered?

The batteries in Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) store electricity which is then used to power the electric motor of the car - and turn the wheels. You can recharge the batteries using electricity via a plug socket or a charging unit.


[Union of Concerned Scientists] (https://www.ucsusa.org/resources/how-do-battery-electric-cars-work)

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<![CDATA[Will electric cars get cheaper?]]>

Will the cost of electric vehicles (EVs) go down and will they become more affordable?

The cost of the battery - and the manufacturing process involved in making them - means electric cars are still up to twice as expensive as petrol or diesel-powered cars. It looks likely to be years before customers can buy an affordable small electric car.


[The Telegraph] (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2020/03/02/will-years-electric-cars-cheap-enough-masses-warns-ford/)

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<![CDATA[Why are electric cars so expensive?]]>

Why do electric vehicles (EVs) cost more money than normal cars and what makes them so expensive?

Electric cars can be as much as twice the price of regular cars - in the US and Canada, the top-selling Tesla Model 3 is 21% more expensive than the average petrol-powered vehicle. This is partly because in general electric cars don't sell in the same volume as conventional cars, but also because of the cost of producing and supplying the raw materials for the battery. The bigger the battery, the higher the price tag. The trend is definitely for the cost of electric cars to come down.


[Motoring Research] (https://www.motoringresearch.com/car-news/electric-cars-twice-expensive-buy-normal-ones/) [Erneuerbar Mobil] (https://www.erneuerbar-mobil.de/en/node/985)

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<![CDATA[How much do electric cars cost?]]>

How much money do electric vehicles (EVs) cost, and how affordable are they?

Of course, prices of electric cars vary, depending on the make or model. In general though, electric cars have been more expensive than petrol or diesel cars, but this is gradually changes are more models are made. In the UK, the new Renault Zoe costs around £28,000, but the Tesla Model S starts at £81,000. While it might be more expensive to buy upfront, an electric car is likely to be cheaper in the long run because electricity costs singificantly less than petrol or diesel - and the engine doesn't need as much maintenance.


[EDF Energy] (https://www.edfenergy.com/electric-cars/costs)

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<![CDATA[Do you have to wear a helmet to ride an e-scooter?]]>There is currently no legal requirement for riders to wear helmets, but - given some high-performance e-scooters can reach up to 40mph - experts advise it. MPs are currently looking at whether riders would have to legally wear helmets if the laws around riding e-scooters on British roads change.


[Electric Scooter Guide] (https://electric-scooter.guide/safety/ultimate-guide-electric-scooter-helmets/) [Telegraph] (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/03/16/escooter-riders-could-have-wear-helmets-law/)

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<![CDATA[Can you take e-scooters on the Tube?]]>

Are you allowed to use an electric scooter (e-scooter) on London Underground trains and buses to travel or commute to work?

On TFL London buses and Underground trains - and in stations - commuters are not allowed to use bikes, skates, scooters, skateboards or hoverboards.


[TFL] (http://content.tfl.gov.uk/tfl-conditions-of-carriage.pdf)

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<![CDATA[Do e-scooters cause pollution?]]>

How good for the environment are electric scooters (e-scooters) - are they 'green' and do they cause any pollution through emissions?

E-scooters don’t give off any greenhouse gases or tailpipe emissions. But they're not entirely 'carbon-free' because of the processes involved in making them. One study found that e-scooters produce more greenhouse gas emissions per mile than traveling by bus, bicycle, moped or on foot because of the processes involved in manufacturing them and transporting them to charging stations.


[The Guardian] (https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/aug/02/electric-scooter-eco-friendly-greenhouse-gases) [IOP Science] (https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/ab2da8)

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<![CDATA[Are e-scooters dangerous?]]>

What are the risks of riding electric scooters (e-scooters) and how safe are they?

Since 2018, at least 11 e-scooter riders have been killed in accidents on roads - and in 2019, YouTube star Emily Hartridge died in a crash between an e-scooter and a lorry in South London. Some scooters only have one brake, which can mean it is harder to stop. E-scooters aren't currently legal on British roads and companies don't have to provide the safety features seen on other Personal Light Electric Vehicles (PLEVs).


[BBC] (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-48106617)

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<![CDATA[Are e-scooters waterproof?]]>

Are electric scooters (e-scooters) waterproof or water resistant and can they be used in the rain?

E-scooters are water resistant, but not waterproof - they can be used in light rain over short distances, but they won't work effectively in heavy rain or in deep water. Doing so may invalidate your warranty and stop the electrical parts of the e-scooter from working.


[Segway Fun] (https://www.segwayfun.uk/blogs/latest-news/can-electric-scooters-be-used-in-the-rain)

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<![CDATA[How much do e-scooters cost?]]>

What kind of prices are out there for electric scooters (e-scooters) and how much money will I need to get one?

It's possible to buy a cheap e-scooter for less than £100. For the very latest technology, you could pay as much as £6000. The cost of the battery itself is said to account for 30% of the total cost of an e-scooter - the more powerful the battery, the more the machine will cost. On average, a good quality electric scooter should set you back somewhere between £300 and £1000.


[Scooters Direct] (https://www.scootersdirect.co.uk/blogs/news/how-much-do-electric-scooters-cost)

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<![CDATA[How fast are e-scooters?]]>

What's the top speed of an electric scooter (e-scooter) and how fast will I be able to travel on it?

While it depends on the model and type of e-scooter, the motor wattage and the battery power - and even the weight of the rider - most electric scooters usually reach a top speed of around 20mph. Some extreme performance models can reach as high as 40mph.


[Ride Two Wheels] (https://www.ridetwowheels.com/fast-can-electric-scooters-go/)

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<![CDATA[How do you charge e-scooters?]]>

What is the best way to charge up an electric scooter (e-scooter) battery so that it lasts a long time?

Plug your charger in to the charging terminal, which is usually located in the base of the e-scooter. Plug the other end directly into any standard plug socket and make sure the light is green, telling you it's charging correctly. It's important to make sure you're using a charger with the correct voltage for your e-scooter. A full charge should take around 12 hours.


[WikiHow] (https://www.wikihow.com/Charge-an-Electric-Scooter) [Razor] (https://www.razor.com/faq/electric-scooters-what-is-the-recommended-battery-charging-procedure/)

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<![CDATA[How long do e-scooters last before they need charging?]]>

Do the batteries on electric scooters (e-scooters) last for hours - and when will I need to charge it again?

Battery length will vary depending on the type of e-scooter you ride - but an average model will usually last around 250 watt hours. This means it can travel about 10 miles, or 16 km. Extreme performance scooters have increased ranges of up to 60 miles, or 96 km.


[Electric Scooter Guide] (https://electric-scooter.guide/guides/electric-scooter-batteries/)

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<![CDATA[Where can you ride e-scooters?]]>

If electric scooters (e-scooters) are illegal to ride on roads, pavements and cycle lanes, where can you use them?

It is currently illegal to ride e-scooters on British roads, pavements and cycle lanes, but the law does permit use of 'powered transporters' on private land - as long as it's with the permission of the land owner. This means riding e-scooters is allowed on race tracks. At the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, workers can legally hire 'Bird' branded e-scooters to ride from Stratford Station to the Olympic Park, using the estate's private roads.


[ITV] (https://www.itv.com/news/2019-07-16/e-scooters-what-is-the-law-what-are-your-rights/)

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<![CDATA[Are e-scooters legal in the UK?]]>

Are electric scooters (e-scooters) legal or illegal on British roads, pavements or cycle lanes?

Under the Road Traffic Act 1988 and Highways Act 1835, It is illegal to ride e-scooters on public roads, pavements or cycle lanes in Britain. If caught, riders could incur a £300 fine and six points on their licence. However, the UK Government is currently reviewing these laws and four local authorities will begin conducting e-scooter trials from June 2020 - with the aim of eventually introducing a national e-scooter rental scheme.


[House of Commons Library] (https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/science/technology/e-scooters-why-are-they-not-legal-on-uk-roads/) [Engadget] (https://www.engadget.com/uk-e-scooters-transport-111204470.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAH4r9z_PHiYGtaJtlzpBHVEpHbIF6ejv-0_L7zOjFCCbR0-X3PPSpaI2Yx6hMwG_ajjtVGFIRliYwIyk1cCUTzgk5D0WxN6hepsVhTiISsKzUFxLbAGQudnOc7zo2pZ2GFkSTkTDXHjc6h2TYxmx1F2zixecu-Y3iIdX5zB9F0Ji) [GOV.UK] (https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/transport-secretarys-statement-on-coronavirus-covid-19-9-may-2020)

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<![CDATA[How do e-scooters work?]]>

How do electric scooters (e-scooters) move forward and what powers them?

E-scooters use rechargeable lead or Lithium batteries. The electricity produced in the battery is transmitted to the motor – which is mounted on the frame of the e-scooter. The motor makes the front wheel (or both wheels) rotate to push the scooter forward, depending on the make and model of the e-scooter.


[ChooseWheels] (https://www.choosewheels.com/electric-scooters-work/)

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<![CDATA[What is the 1922 Committee and why is it called that?]]>

What is the Conservative party's 1922 committee, and how did it get its name?

The 1922 Committee is the group of backbench Conservative MPs, ie those who are not ministers or junior ministers. The committee meets weekly and usually comes into the news when there is talk of a leadership bid in the party. The leader of the committee is charged with organising and overseeing the election, even though all Conservative MPs are eligible to vote, not just members of the committee.

It gets its name because when it was created it was made up from the MPs who had been elected in 1922, though its first meeting did not take place until 1923.

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<![CDATA[What are rules for Tory leadership contests?]]>

How does the Conservative party leadership election work, and what is the role of the 1922 committee?

To challenge a leader, 15% of Conservative MPs need to write letters demanding a confidence votes. The letters go to the chairman of the party's backbench group, known as the 1922 committee. As of 2018 there are 315 Conservative MPs so it needs 48 letters. If there are the requisite number, there is a leadership election of all Conservative MPs. If the sitting leader wins, he or she remains in office and cannot be challenged for another 12 months. If he or she loses, they must resign and may not stand in a subsequent leadership election.

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<![CDATA[What is a vassal state?]]>

Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg warn that the UK would become a 'vassal state' under the Brexit deal supported by Theresa May.

A vassal state is one which is completely subordinate to another. The word 'vassal' refers to the ruler of the ruling country, and is a term derived from feudal terminology.


Merriam Webster [https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vassal] Wikipedia [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vassal_state]

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<![CDATA[What did John McEnroe say about Serena Williams?]]>

What did former tennis player John McEnroe say about Serena Williams?

John McEnroe said: "If she played the men's circuit she'd be, like, 700 in the world... That doesn't mean I don't think Serena is an incredible player, and I suppose anything's possible; maybe at some point a women's tennis player can be better than anybody... I just haven't seen that in any other sport, and I haven't seen it in tennis. If she had to just play the men's circuit, it would be an entirely different story.

Williams replied on Twitter: "Dear John, I adore and respect you but please please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based... I've never played anyone ranked "there" nor do I have time. Respect me and my privacy as I'm trying to have a baby. Good day sir."


BBC Sport: McEnroe statement

Twitter: Serena Williams

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<![CDATA[Why is Salvador Dali being exhumed?]]>

Why are they digging up artist Salvador Dali's body?

A court in Madrid has ordered Dali's body to be exhumed so traces of DNA can be recovered to prove if a woman who claims to be his daughter is right. There are no other samples of his body remaining which could the DNA results needed. Dali died in 1989. The foundation named after him is going to appeal against the ruling.



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<![CDATA[Why isn't the Queen wearing the crown for the Queen's Speech?]]>The official reason that the Queen is not wearing the crown for the Queen's Speech in Parliament on 21 June 2017 is that it was too soon after the Trooping the Colour parade to organise a formal procession in full costumes. However there might be something else going on. One thing is that the speech is being downplayed because the Government doesn't have a majority and can't implement many of its manifesto commitments. Another possible reason was raised by TV producer Daniel Brittain who has been involved in covering state occasions, wh said the physical stress of wearing the crown might have been an issue. It weights more than 1kg and the Queen is 91. "Just imagine walking round with a bag of flour on your head," he told the BBC's Today programme. The crown will be carried before the Queen, as it was for Queen Victoria.


BBC R4 Today

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<![CDATA[What happened with the BBC News at Ten going off air?]]>

What made the BBC News at Ten crash?

Just before the BBC News at Ten went on air on 20 June, the computer systems crashed meaning the headlines could not run as planned. It took four minutes for the programme to start properly and even then it used "breaking news" graphics rather than their usual ones. Programme editor Paul Royall tweeted afterwards: "FYI technical system crash seconds before 10. Director had to switch to a back-up system ASAP. @huwbbc doing great job #BBCNewsTen"


Twitter: Paul Royall

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<![CDATA[Why is Ed Miliband doing a radio show?]]>

Why is the former Labour leader sitting in for Jeremy Vine?

It's all about maintaining a media profile. He will be followed as guest host of Radio 2's Jeremy Vine show by Iain Duncan Smith. A BBC spokesman sad: "Both Ed and Iain have held crucial roles in political life, and will bring unique perspectives and insight to the programme."


The Guardian

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<![CDATA[Why is Daniel Day-Lewis retiring?]]>

Why is three-times Oscar winner actor Daniel Day-Lewis retiring?

He's not saying, though he is 60. In a statement his publicist said: "Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor. He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years. This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject."



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<![CDATA[When will interest rates go up?]]>

What is the current thinking about when interest rates in the UK will go up?

Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, said on 20 June 2017 that now was not the right time for interest rates to start going up from their historic low levels. This means they probably won't rise in the next few months. He said: "From my perspective, given the mixed signals on consumer spending and business investment, and given the still subdued domestic inflationary pressures, in particular anaemic wage growth, now is not yet the time to begin [interest rate increases]... In the coming months, I would like to see the extent to which weaker consumption growth is offset by other components of demand, whether wages begin to firm, and more generally, how the economy reacts to the prospect of tighter financial conditions and the reality of Brexit negotiations."


BBC News: Mark Carney speech at Mansion House

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<![CDATA[What sort of Brexit does Philip Hammond want]]>

What kind of Brexit, hard or soft, does the chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond want?

Philip Hammond says Brexit should put "jobs and prosperity first, that reassures employers that they will still be able to access the talent they need, that keeps our market for goods, services and capital open, achieves early agreement on transitional arrangements so trade can carry on flowing smoothly". He also said border checks between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland should be as "frictionless as possible".

This is a contrast to those who say the priority for Brexit should be about controlling immigration and withdrawing from any kind of jurisdiction for the European Court of Justice.


BBC News: Philip Hammond Mansion House speech 20 June 2017

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<![CDATA[What did North Korea do to Otto Warmbier]]>

What happened to American student Otto Warmbier while he was in North Korea?

Student Otto Warmbier has died after returning to the United States from North Korea where he was imprisoned for allegedly trying to steal a propaganda sign from a hotel. While in custody, the North Koreans said, Warmbier had contracted botulism which had led to paralysis. He had been given a sleeping pill and had been in a coma ever since. However US doctors said they found no trace of botulism in his system, and though cannot yet specify what did happen to him in custody, concluded he had suffered a "severe neurological injury" which led to an extensive lost of brain tissue.


BBC News

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<![CDATA[Was the attack at Finsbury Park mosque terrorism?]]>

Does the attack when a man drove a bus into worshippers at Finsbury Park mosque count as terrorism?

Police are treating it as a terrorist incident. There is no universally accepted definition of "terrorism" as such, but it is widely agreed that to be classed as terrorism, an attack must be violence or a threat of violence against civilians with a "political, religious or ideological" motive, and must intend to affect more than the people immediately attacked. Home Secretary Amber Rudd said police were treating the Finsbury Park attack as a terrorist incident.


Wikipedia: Terrorism

BBC News: Amber Rudd statement

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<![CDATA[What did Malcolm Turnbull say about Trump?]]>

How did the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull mock Donald Trump, comments which were recorded now released to the media?

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull mocked US President Trump during a press event in Canberra. He expected the event to be off the record, but someone recorded it and released the audio. He is heard impersonating Trump, saying:

""It was beautiful. It was the most beautiful putting-me-at-ease ever.... The Donald and I, we are winning and winning in the polls. We are winning so much. We are winning like we have never won before... We are winning in the polls. We are! We are! Not the fake polls, not the fake polls, they're the ones we're not winning in. We're winning in the real polls. You know, the online polls. They are so easy to win. I know that. Did you know that? I kind of know that. They are so easy to win... I have this Russian guy...Believe me, it's true, it is true..."


Daily Telegraph

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<![CDATA[What is corporate manslaughter?]]>

What constitutes an offence of corporate manslaughter? Who can be prosecuted for it and what are the punishments?

Corporate manslaughter is in English law an offence which companies, corporations or public bodies can be given unlimited fines for, and happens when its activities "are managed or organised [in a way which] causes a person's death; and amounts to a gross breach of a relevant duty of care owed by the organisation to the deceased". The activities have to be managed or organised by the organisation's senior management to qualify for a prosecution.


Crown Prosecution Service: Corporate Manslaughter

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<![CDATA[What has David Lammy MP said about the Grenfell Tower fire?]]>

What did the Tottenham MP David Lammy say about the fire in Kensington?

Speaking on Radio 4's Today Programme, he said:

"This is the richest borough in the country treating its citizens in this way and we should call it what it is, it’s corporate manslaughter. That’s what it is and there should be arrests made, frankly. It is an outrage. Many of us across the country have been caught up in an election, knocking on housing estate doors right across the country, travelling up to the top floors of tower blocks and we know as politicians that the conditions in this country are unacceptable. We built buildings in the 70s, those 70s buildings - many of them should be demolished. They haven’t got easy fire escapes, they haven’t got sprinklers, it’s totally totally unacceptable in Britain that this is allowed to happen and people lose their lives in this way. People should be held to account."


Twitter: David Lammy MP

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<![CDATA[Why has Tim Farron quit as Lib Dem leader?]]>It's because he can't reconcile being a party leader with being a Christian. He said: "The consequences of the focus on my faith is that I have found myself torn between living as a faithful Christian and serving as a political leader. A better, wiser person may have been able to deal with this more successfully, to remain faithful to Christ while leading a political party in the current environment. To be a leader, particularly of a progressive Liberal party in 2017 and to live as a committed Christian and to hold faithful to the Bible's teaching has felt impossible for me."

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<![CDATA[Which countries are in the EU?]]>The members of the EU are:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Ireland
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Spain
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom (due to leave by 2019)


Members of the EU

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<![CDATA[What's the difference between the EU, the single market and the customs union?]]>The EU is the formal club of 28 countries, which will become 27 after Brexit.

The single market is the name given to those countries plus others such as Norway which trade freely with each other without tariffs, quotas or taxes on trade. It also requires free movement of goods, services, capital and - crucially - people. This means members of the single market must allow citizens of other countries to come and live and work.

The customs union is larger than the single market - it includes Turkey. It doesn't cover every area of the economy (eg not agriculture) but allows free trade within the union and agrees tariffs to countries outside it. From a Brexit point of view, it would allow the current soft border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to continue. But it would mean the UK could not negotiate its own trade deals with other countries, eg China.


More info: BBC News

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<![CDATA[What is the Queen's Speech?]]>The Queen's Speech is when the UK monarch reads a speech (written for her by the prime minister of the day) which sets out all the bills that the government is going to introduce that year. It's a speech to both Houses of Parliament and is an occasion of serious pomp and ceremony, along with political significance.

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<![CDATA[What is the 1922 Committee?]]>

What's the 1922 backbenchers' committee of the Conservative party?

The 1922 Committee is a weekly meeting of all Conservative backbench MPs, and represents their views to the party leader. It is chaired by a senior backbench MP - currently Graham Brady MP for Altrincham and Sale West. It is his job to oversee the election of party leader.

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<![CDATA[Why is the Queen's Speech written on goatskin paper?]]>The Queen's Speech is written on so-called "goatskin paper" which is not actually made from goats, but which is of extremely high quality and designed to last for 500 years. The UK does still print its laws on vellum - made from calfskin - as it has done for centuries. Copies of Magna Carta, written on vellum in 1215, are still around today.

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<![CDATA[Is the Guardian going tabloid?]]>

Is the Guardian newspaper becoming a tabloid?

Although unconfirmed by the newspaper it has been reported that the Guardian is to be redesigned to become a tabloid newspaper. It is currently printed in a small broadsheet format known as a "Berliner" style, as is its Sunday paper The Observer, but the cost of running its presses is reportedly too much to sustain. Instead it is reported to have reached agreement with Trinity Mirror for it to be printed on tabloid presses.


Daily Telegraph

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<![CDATA[Who is in the UK cabinet?]]>

What jobs in the UK government are held by which people, including Damien Green, Michael Gove, Liz Truss, Boris Johnson and Philip Hammond?

  • Prime Minister: Theresa May
  • First Secretary of State: Damian Green
  • Chancellor of the Exchequer: Philip Hammond
  • Home Secretary: Amber Rudd
  • Foreign Secretary: Boris Johnson
  • Defence: Sir Michael Fallon
  • Exiting the European Union: David Davis
  • International Trade, President of the Board of Trade: Dr Liam Fox
  • Justice, Lord Chancellor: David Lidington
  • Education, Women and Equalities:Justine Greening
  • Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Dr Greg Clark
  • Health: Jeremy Hunt
  • Work and Pensions: David Gauke
  • Leader of the House of Lords: Baroness Evans of Bowes Park
  • Transport: Chris Grayling
  • Communities and Local Government: Sajid Javid
  • Scotland: David Mundell
  • Wales: Alun Cairns
  • Northern Ireland: James Brokenshire
  • Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Michael Gove
  • International Development: Priti Patel
  • Culture, Media and Sport: Karen Bradley
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<![CDATA[What is a 'confidence and supply arrangement'?]]>

What does it mean when a government has a confidence and supply arrangement with another party?

A confidence and supply arrangement means an agreement between a governing party which does not have a majority and a smaller party in which the latter will not vote to bring down the government on a vote of confidence, and will vote to support its budget so that the functions of government have the supply of money to operate. They may back the government in other votes too, but these are not necessary to the arrangement.

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<![CDATA[What are the DUP's policies?]]>

What policies does the Democratic Unionist Party have?

In the 2017 election, the DUP's manifesto included the following policies:

  • Protect Northern Ireland’s place in the United Kingdom
  • Restore devolution at Stormont as quickly as possible
  • Resist attempts to "rewrite" NI's troubled past and assist innocent victims in obtaining justice
  • Ensure there is a "frictionless" border between NI and the Republic of Ireland
  • Ensure NI has ability to opt in to EU funding when it is proven to add value
  • End jurisdiction of European Court of Justice and increase control over UK laws
  • Reduce NI’s corporation tax rate to at least 12.5
  • Support the maintenance of the pensions ‘triple lock’

Although not in its manifesto, the DUP opposes changes to the abortion laws in Northern Ireland which restrict abortion to cases where there is permanent or serious risk to a woman's mental or physical health, and do not include rape or incest. It opposes gay marriage. And one of its prominent figures, Sammy Wilson, who was environment minister, denies climate change.


DUP Manifesto

Irish News: Other DUP policies

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