Articles Tagged 'Parliament'

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WATCH: Idris Elba Delivers Speech on Diversity in TV

Idris Elba is having an impactful week. He won a Critics’ Choice Award on Sunday night and addressed Parliament on Monday (January 18). The British actor spoke to over 100 MPs, including Ed Vaizey, Minister of State at the Department for Culture, about diversity in British television, reports The Guardian. Elba moved to the U.S. in the 1990s […]

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5 Archaic Insults That Are Banned from Parliamentary Debates

Recently, the Independent published a brief list of the words that the current speaker of the House of Commons has banned from the debate floor. These include the kind of direct insults one might expect—idiot, rat, swine—if witnessing people were trying to pick a fight without swearing. Not that there’s an outright ban on swearing itself, […]

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WATCH: Parliamentary Pancake Race

Today marks Pancake Day, also known as Shrove Tuesday. The day lands just before Ash Wednesday, which kicks off Lent. As we know, the Brits like their races … what better way to recognize this day than with a “flipping” spin around London’s Victoria Tower Gardens. We can’t pass up the opportunity to witness members […]

Royal Roundup: The Queen’s Speech

It’s perhaps not a particularly surprising piece of news that the Queen, in a pageant-laden speech to both houses of Parliament, pledged to “rededicate” herself to serving her country and her people. After all, public service is one of the broad themes of the Diamond Jubilee, and the Queen’s outlook is one that her subjects […]

Infamous British Political Scandals: Expenses and the ‘Rotten Parliament’

  With tonight’s final episode of State of Play (10p/9c), we also offer our final installment of Infamous British Political Scandals. For now, anyway. American politicians aren’t the only ones who get in trouble for abusing government expense accounts. In 2009, The Daily Telegraph ran a series of articles over several weeks detailing expense filings, […]

WATCH: Jon Stewart Says, ‘England is Awesome!’

The News International phone hacking scandal has offered a parade of villains: unscrupulous journalists, spineless editors, sleazy private eyes, and corrupt law enforcement officials. Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart, however, has found something to admire in the whole mess. England. Last night, Stewart excerpted some of the rough-and-tumble parliamentary questioning of Prime Minister David Cameron, or, as […]