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An important video

If you want more context, try here and here. There are clearly decent people in the country, like Marcus Rashford… but the government on the other hand-

Earthquake hits towns in Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire — BBC News – Home

The British Geological Survey says a 3.3 magnitude quake hits the Leighton Buzzard area.

Earthquake hits towns in Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire — BBC News – Home

There was a frickin’ EARTHQUAKE in my home town this morning! (someone I know is actually quoted in that article.) No reports of any damage but my brother said everyone piled out into the street to see what the hell had happened.

As for me, a car alarm started going off at around that time in Leicester, waking me up… connected maybe… or not…

Two news stories

One. The BBC are apparently removing “Land of Hope and Glory” and “Rule Britannia” from their annual Proms show (though they’re still playing the instrumental versions.)

Two. In Glasgow a woman called Mercy Baguma was found dead in her flat next to her malnourished baby. She was an asylum seeker and not allowed to work.

Guess which one Boris Johnson is more angry about. Go on, guess.

The A-level results scandal

So if you’re not in the UK I don’t know if you’ll have heard about this, but: put simply, since no-one could sit exams this year for obvious reasons, the government created an algorithm which would assign grades based on mostly the past performance of the school. So doesn’t matter if you’re a A* student, if you go to an underprivileged school you’re screwed. There go your plans for the future.

And yet kids in private schools have been given a massive and very unfair advantage. This is not to say some of them couldn’t have achieved A* grades themselves but essentially now they have them just because they’re rich.

Oh and if you wanna appeal? You have to PAY!

People are furious which is good. Even the British newspapers have finally gotten off their arses long enough to condemn the situation. Things have to be really bad for that to happen.

(fun fact I learned the other day: the British press is considered one of the worst in the world! Well go look up the Sun or the Daily Star and you’ll see why pretty quick.)

Luckily there are some people (including my old university!) who are willing to help, so here’s a list of the ones I’ve found so far.

Oh and guess what else? Next week the GCSE exam results will be out, “graded” the same way, so all this will happen again.

Train crash in Aberdeenshire

Last night I woke up to hear absolutely thundering rain, it went on for ages and ages. It was all over Britain I heard. Unfortunately it seems like it caused a landslide and that caused a train to derail and crash. “Only” three people were killed but man, what an incredibly sad and awful thing to happen. I’ve seen people on Twitter pointing out that if not for the pandemic and lockdown the train might have been full and the death toll much higher, which is… I honestly don’t know how to feel about that.

It feels like this is Britain in a nutshell, sometimes

Here’s what she actually said:

An MP has called for a “system change” after she was stopped by police while travelling in a car in east London.

Former shadow equalities minister Dawn Butler accused the Met Police of racial profiling after the stop on Sunday.

Labour MP Ms Butler told BBC Breakfast she had agreed to meet local police commanders to discuss “taking the bias out of the system”.

The Met said the stop was a mistake caused by an officer incorrectly entering the car’s registration number.

Ms Butler said it had been 20 years since the Macpherson Report into the murder of Stephen Lawrence, which described the Met Police as “institutionally racist”.

“It’s about time we changed the system so it works for everyone and it’s effective,” she said.

The young volunteer stepping up to help at Muslim funerals — Leicestershire Live – News

He put himself forward to support when elders and family were unable to attend due to Covid-19

The young volunteer stepping up to help at Muslim funerals — Leicestershire Live – News

Something a bit good-er (the word ‘nicer’ doesn’t seem right) from my neck of the woods, in an attempt to counteract all the awful things going on today.

PIP Atrocity: Grieving family slam DWP over mom’s benefits fight — Govt Newspeak

‘It’s taken so long – now it’s too late’: Grieving family slam DWP over mam’s benefits fight. Andrea Eastwood’s family said she was refused PIP while undergoing chemotherapy for leukaemia. A grieving family has slammed the Department of Work and Pensions for forcing their terminally ill mother to spend the last year and a half […]

PIP Atrocity: Grieving family slam DWP over mom’s benefits fight — Govt Newspeak

This is the second one of these stories I’ve read today. (This is the first.) This government is a literal horror show.