https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2018/05/21/government-launch-legal-battle-access-400m-anonymous-donation/ (rest behind paywall)The Telegraph wrote:Legal battle over mystery 90-year-old bank account's £400m for the national debt
A bank account set up 90 years ago by a mystery donor to pay off the national debt is at the centre of a court battle, as the Government seeks permission to unlock its £400 million funds.
Nearly a century on from the fund being set up, the identity of the donor remains unknown and the fund untouched by the Government because of a quirk in the terms governing the money's release.
The terms of the bequest stipulated that it should be only used to pay off the entire national debt. However, despite growing 800-fold in value since the original £500,000 donation, the fund has never been sufficient to clear all of the nation's debt so has remained locked in the specially created National Fund.
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-44235867BBC wrote:Romanian becomes second most common non-UK nationality
The Office for National Statistics says the total number of Romanian nationals rose by 25% from 2016 to 2017, reaching 411,000.
Of the 65,176,000 residents in the UK, 6.2 million were non-UK nationals - up by 4%.
The number of people living in the UK but born abroad was up by 3% from 2016 - 9.4 million of the total population.
The figures show that 61% of the non-UK nationals number - or 3.8 million - are from the EU.
Poland remains the most common non-UK nationality, with an estimated one million Polish people living in the UK.
After Romania, third place goes to the Republic of Ireland, with 350,000 nationals in the UK.
India falls to fourth with 346,000 nationals in the UK - a place formerly held by Romania.
Witness wrote:UK, but actually universal. I found it a fun read:
https://order-order.com/2018/05/23/viral-dad-science-museum-school-trip-made-story-deletes-account/Media Guido wrote:Twitter users may have seen a viral thread posted yesterday by “Simon from Harlow”, a dad live-tweeting a school trip to the Science Museum gone wrong. Simon’s “hilarious” story featuring crying, vomiting and lost children was retweeted thousands of times, gained him 7,000 new followers and was reported by pretty much all major news outlets – it was even a page lead in The Times. Unfortunately Simon has since admitted he largely made the story up and has now deleted his account. He is refusing interviews but says he is “very sorry”, “no real children” were in danger, and the thread “got out of hand”.
https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/cheese-rolling-results-pictures-video-1612894Gloucestershire Live wrote:Records have fallen with champion cheese chaser and local hero Chris Anderson has won 21st cheese, beating Stephen Gyde's previous record of 20 wins.
The winners of each race, who need to reach the bottom of the 200 yard slope first, keep the 9lb cheese as a trophy and last year Chris went home with three.
The cheeses, specially made at Smart's Farm in Birdwood are released by the master of cheese at the top of the slope, then it is up to the racers to get to the bottom first, where if they are lucky they will be caught by the volunteers from Brockworth Rugby Club.
https://www.bl.uk/magna-carta/articles/britains-unwritten-constitutionBritish Library wrote:Britain's unwritten constitution
For most people, especially abroad, the United Kingdom does not have a constitution at all in the sense most commonly used around the world — a document of fundamental importance setting out the structure of government and its relationship with its citizens. All modern states, saving only the UK, New Zealand and Israel, have adopted a documentary constitution of this kind, the first and most complete model being that of the United States of America in 1788. However, in Britain we certainly say that we have a constitution, but it is one that exists in an abstract sense, comprising a host of diverse laws, practices and conventions that have evolved over a long period of time. The key landmark is the Bill of Rights (1689), which established the supremacy of Parliament over the Crown following the forcible replacement of King James II (r.1685–88) by William III (r.1689–1702) and Mary (r.1689–94) in the Glorious Revolution (1688).
From a comparative perspective, we have what is known as an ‘unwritten constitution’, although some prefer to describe it as ‘uncodified’ on the basis that many of our laws of a constitutional nature are in fact written down in Acts of Parliament or law reports of court judgments. This aspect of the British constitution, its unwritten nature, is its most distinguishing characteristic.
A bid to make upskirting a criminal offence has been blocked by a Tory MP to cries of “shame” in the House of Commons.
The government had given its backing to the Voyeurism (Offences) Bill but Conservative Sir Christopher Chope shouted “object” during its second reading on Friday.
Several MPs heckled the 71-year-old Christchurch MP during his intervention on Friday afternoon, including the minister for women Victoria Atkins and fellow Tory Will Quince.
Upskirting to be made criminal offence under proposed law
A spokesperson for the House of Commons indicated that time for the reading, when MPs are invited to debate a bill, had been limited because of other parliamentary business.
Rules mean that after 2.30pm on a Friday a single objection can stop a bill progressing.
Gina Martin, who launched the campaign to make upskirting a specific criminal offence, said she was “extremely upset and disappointed”.
“We knew this was a risk, but I now stand with powerful, passionate women and men behind me and am confident that [justice minister] Lucy Frazer is committed to – and will – close this gap in law,” she said.
Witness wrote:I thought it was more of a Japanese thing…asthmatic camel wrote:we Brits are nothing if not ingenious.
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