Email By Roscoe Whalan in London Posted December 11, 2019 03:10:59 Photo: A voter arrives with a dog at a polling station in Brighton for the British 2017 election. (Reuters: Adam Holt) Related Story: Boris Johnson believes he cannot win Brexit without this 99 per cent white British town Related Story: This is how Boris Johnson could win Brexit, but lose the United Kingdom Related Story: With Britain on the brink, female politicians face threats, violence and vitriol Map: United Kingdom Parties are vying to block Boris Johnson from forming government and, in doing so, aim to stop the United Kingdom from leaving the European Union.But to succeed, the parties will need voters in key seats to hold their noses and vote for non-traditional parties. Here's how they're doing it.Who are the parties?The group mainly consists of three pro-European Union parties: the Liberal Democrats, the Green Party and Plaid Cymru in Wales.The "Unite to Remain" group is strategically running … [Read more...] about What is first past the post voting and why does the UK use it?
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LONDON: In a push towards gender neutrality, a leading UK-based boarding school said that it will allow boys to wear skirts as uniform if they wish to. Privately-run Uppingham School at Rutland in the East Midlands region of England has already been using gender-neutral terms like "pupils" instead of than girls and boys. The school authority now wants to take a sympathetic approach to its pupils who identify with a gender they were not born with. "I would hope that any pupil could come to me and say, this is who we are, this is how we wish to express ourselves. We want to wear these clothes and we would probably allow that," Richard Maloney, the headmaster of the school, told The Sunday Times. The development comes after British television doctor Christian Jessen, who studied at Uppingham boarding school from the age of seven, said that he might have opted to wear a skirt at school if he had been given the choice. "I probably would have worn a skirt to shock. I never toed the … [Read more...] about UK boarding school says, ‘will allow boys to wear skirts if they want’
The rapid growth of China's middle class is providing a boost for United Kingdom food and drink exporters, according to a new report. Exports to the Chinese mainland of UK food and drink products increased by 16.2 percent in the first half of this year compared to the same period in 2018, the UK-based Food and Drink Federation, or FDF, revealed this week. Exports during the period reached 344.4 million pounds ($453.7 million), making the Chinese mainland the eighth-largest importer of British food and beverages and the second-largest non－European Union importer behind the United States. "Strong economic growth and increasing urbanization in China are driving rapid growth in the middle class and, with it, the purchasing power of its 1.4 billion consumers," the FDF said. The trend continues a recent period of strong growth in China for the UK's food and drink trade, according to the FDF. In 2018, UK food and drink exports to the Chinese mainland grew by 10 percent year-on-year to … [Read more...] about Chinese taste for British food catalyzes exports, report shows
Video PlayerClose LONDON, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- UK gross domestic product (GDP) stayed flat in October, with growth in services and production offset by a significant fall in construction, according to a survey released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on Tuesday. Data showed that monthly growth of services and production in October increased by 0.2 percent and 0.1 percent, respectively. Meanwhile, construction fell 2.3 percent, mainly driven by a drop in new private housing and infrastructure. In the three months to October, UK GDP also stood flat, compared with the period between May and July. Figures showed the services sector was the only positive contributor to GDP growth in the three months to October, rising by 0.2 percent. But output in both production and construction contracted, losing by 0.7 percent and 0.3 percent, respectively. An ONS spokesperson said: "The UK economy saw no growth in the latest three months. There were increases across the services sector, … [Read more...] about UK GDP flat in October: ONS
Britain’s Houses of Parliament are being overhauled, and not just because of the highly-unpredictable election now taking place. The over 150-years-old structure urgently needs refurbishment, which has finally started happening. And that also brought a change to HP Sauce, the condiment named after it. Sales of it have been declining but it is still an icon of British identity, not least because of the Houses of Parliament on its label. So, when scaffolding went up around Parliament’s Big Ben clock tower this year, the sauce followed suit, adding scaffolding to its label. The tangy brown sauce was once found in British-era gymkhanas across India but has been replaced by ketchup. In the UK, it used to be so popular that many people doused HP sauce over almost all their food. One who did so was prime minister Harold Wilson, which is why it was sometimes called ‘Wilson’s gravy’. This could be an indication of how tasteless British food once was. Over the … [Read more...] about Tomatoes and tamarind give UK’s HP sauce, once found in India’s gymkhanas, a distinct flavour