In the News this Week
TURKEY TAKES DOWN RUSSIAN PLANE
Tensions rose this week following Turkey’s refusal to apologise after taking down a Russian fighter jet, saying that it violated Turkish airspace near the Syrian border.
The co-pilot, Captain Konstantin escaped but said he was given no warning before his plane was shot down.
Putin claims that the plane was attacked a kilometre within Syrian airspace, and that the US-led coalition were aware of the jet’s movements.
GEORGE OSBORNE ANNOUNCES BUDGET PLAN
George Osborne announced his autumn budget plan this week; and not everyone was happy. Here are some of the key points:
Council Tax: councils will be able to raise their tax by 2%, meaning your bill may increase by £25 a year.
Student Loan Repayments: Not surprisingly, bad news for students. The earnings threshold at which student loan repayments begin will be frozen for five years, as opposed to being raised in line with average earnings.
Of course, not forgetting the notorious tampon tax. The tax on “luxury” sanitary products will go towards women’s charities. So essentially, women are still being taxed for being women, it’s just that their money is now paying for the outcomes of male violence. Hooray.
BBC THREE ON ITS LAST LEGS
BBC Three is to go online only in January, a move by BBC to recapture young audiences, who they say watch TV online anyway.
The decision will save around £30 million, which will be used to fund drama production.
The BBC has promised to include more youth friendly content on its BBC1 and BBC2 channels.
LABOUR PARTY RIFT OVER AIR STRIKES
Members of the Labour party have threatened resignation over Jeremy Corbyn’s passive stance against air strikes in Syria.
Writing to his Labour MPs, Corbyn rejected David Cameron’s case for military action, saying that the PM did not have a coherent plan for defeating ISIS.
Cameron plans to hold a Commons vote on airstrikes, anticipating a vote of confidence.
‘Phuc Dat Bich’ Hoax
A man who insisted his real name was ‘Phuc Dat Bich’ caused social media to go into meltdown this week, to the point where the poor bloke had to post his passport on Facebook to prove it.
The 23 year old has since revealed that the whole thing was a prank, and that his real name is reportedly Thien Nguyen. Not nearly as hilarious.