POWER DRESSING: ELECTION SPECIAL

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Power dressing came to life in the 70s and 80s as a way for women to establish their authority and fit into male-dominated workplaces. For a quick explainer on the concept and how men use power dressing in different ways, see our audio short below:

 

As its election time EN4 news cast a balanced eye at the leaders of the main political parties – are they power dressing like a pro or is their fashion sense as dead as their election chances? We used the original master of power dressing to help us:

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Boris Johnson 

Our PM finally displayed his ready-for-action capabilities when he wandered through flood-hit Yorkshire. While he always looks a bit out of place the wellies-Barbour Jacket-overly long tie combo is doing something for me here. While part of power dressing is wearing appropriate clothing for the situation Johnson manages to pull of the politician in a crisis look fairly well here. As always though, the suit is a politicians bread-and-butter. Like his blonde counterpart across the ocean, Johnson could really use a new tailor.

3 thatchers out of 5

Jeremy Corbyn

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Can socialists simultaneously strive for equality and look good while doing it?  Well, just look at that scarf. Combined with his trademark pastel shirt under an open blazer, the days of being slammed for his dress sense seem a long time ago. The blue suit is too loud and flashy to be pure Thatcher style however – though that’s probably a relief for the Labour leader.

 

4 thatchers out of 5

Jo Swinson

Oh Jo. If Ed Miliband taught us anything in 2015, it’s don’t eat on the campaign trail. Away from that, having canvassed opinion in the EN4 News Room there’s a consensus that the red coat over the blue is a colour clash too far. At least the purple jacket is nice if you look away from the marshmallow. The Lib Dems can’t win here I’m afraid.

2 thatchers out of 5

Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon gets the campaign trail: wear stylish business clothing while charming as many people as possible. She conveys the confidence of a politician in her prime. The guitar was a fun look too.

5 thatchers out of 5

Nigel Farage

The leader of the Brexit Party splits opinion and looking strictly at his fashion sense it’s splitting my opinion too. The flat cap, tweed and yellow trousers are all striking and support his something-different political vibe – but power dressing it is not. Could you imagine a man in yellow trousers addressing the nation from Downing Street?

1 thatcher out of 5

What about you?

Are you more like a Thatcher or a Farage? If you’re an aspiring male politician (or just an aspiring male in general) take our quiz and see how you stack up compared to our political leaders.

 

SCOTLAND’S LAST REMAINING ONE-SEX STATE SCHOOL TO BECOME CO-EDUCATIONAL

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Scotland’s last single sex state school is set to become co-educational after campaign groups successfully fought for change.

The school has only taught girls since its establishment in 1897. The high-performing Notre Dame High School was placed 39th in performance levels in the graded league tables this year.

The City Administration Committee are scheduled to meet later this month, in which members will discuss the recommendations in order to make a decision regarding the future of the school.

Glasgow City Council released a recent advisory document for councillors ahead of the vote, which contains three options for the vote:

  • Option 1: No Change (39.9%)
  • Option 2: The school would remain as girls only, however the catchment area would extend. (13.7%)
  • Option 3: Change the entry criteria for Notre Dame High School to become co-educational and introduce male students. (45.7%)

Students from the state school held a protest last week objecting the option for the introduction of boys to the school.

In a statement released by the Notre Dame High School Pupil Representative Group,

“We believe that being in an all-girls school enables us to grow to our full potential,” a student said.

“We have a great ethos, encouraging everyone to try their very best, and this makes us amongst the highest performing Catholic schools in Scotland.

“Keep us unique. Keep us all girls.”

Following a consolation in the spring of 2017, regarding the issue, Glasgow City Council urged for more local support to be created before change could be considered. This led to the creation of the campaign and petition group Notre Dame High for All’ (NDH4ALL) who are fighting to allow male pupils to attend the high school.

 

If change is to happen it would be implemented gradually, with pupils being introduced from S1 rather than joining older year groups. An estimate of £750,000 of work would be needed to ensure the appropriate facilities were in place if male pupils were to be introduced.

Caitlin Gallagher, a former pupil, gives some insight into her experience:

“I attended Notre Dame High School from 2010 to 2016 and had an overall positive experience, however, I must agree that it is now time for a change.

“My choice of school didn’t hinder my education at all, in fact, I excelled in terms of academic results. However, once I moved on in life following 6th year I was faced with the realisation that it was social skills that I lacked.

“Learning in an all-girls environment allowed me to gain a lot of confidence and I felt as though my character flourished throughout high school. However, this created a false sense of security as when I entered further education I wasn’t used to being in a mixed-gender environment and found the setting intimidating.

“In my opinion, it is a fear of change that stops people from supporting the idea of a school that welcomes all genders. With Notre Dame High being such a close community and achieving such great results, I suppose people worry that this will be lost if the system is altered.

“However, having experienced both learning environments I feel that it is unfair and old fashioned to prohibit people from attending a school of their choice simply due to their gender. Although change will be a lengthy process it should be considered an exciting progression for the community.

“I am curious to see what benefits the introduction of male pupils will bring and although I wouldn’t change my secondary education experience it would be interesting to see how I would have developed both academically and socially if I was given the chance to learn in a co-education environment.”

Jeremy Corbyn lauches Labour General Election Plan

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn released his General Election campaign in Battersea this afternoon.

Corbyn has made some key promises to try and win over voters. EN4 News has listed his key campaign points:

  • Brexit will be done in six months

Corbyn has said six months into winning an election he will have the Brexit negotiations sorted with a people’s vote so the UK can “leave with a sensible deal or remain”. Which Corbyn says is not a complicated issue. Corbyn wants to deliver “real change” that he said Britain needs.

  • NHS is “not for sale”

Corbyn claims that Johnson has a “sell out” deal for the NHS that will copy an American corporation style health system, with big drug companies being in control of the healthcare and drug manufacturing. Corbyn said that the NHS is “not for sale” to Trump or to anyone else.

  • Public Ownership

Corbyn said he would put rail, mail and water in public ownership, taking it away from “Tory donors and shareholders in tax havens.”

Corbyn reiterated promises that he already made a few weeks ago when launched his campaign, promising a £10 an hour minimum wage for over 16s and free childcare for those with children aged 2-4 years.

Corbyn made jabs at his Tory counterpart, Prime Minister Boris Johnson saying that they are going to “fight dirtier” during this general election.  Corbyn said that he going to take on the people the Conservative Party likes to protect by going after “tax dodgers”, “dodgy landlords” and “big polluters”.

The Labour leader finished his speech by saying its “time for a change,” leaving people wondering what Labour’s next point of action will be.

 

 

EN4News UK Bulletin: 31/10/19

UK Correspondent Kris Gourlay runs thorugh today’s UK Headlines!

 

Major Threat of Job Loss for Argyll Wind Turbine Factory

A prominent wind turbine factory in Campbeltown, Argyll has recently announced the possibility of redundancies within the company.

CS Wind, a Korean Firm that employs almost 100 people from the Mull of Kintyre area have revealed that over 70 jobs could be at risk.

Managers have discussed how “gaps in the order book” may lead to job losses and have blamed renewable energy support reductions.
According to CS Wind, conditions in the onshore market have been “extremely challenging” and support for offshore wind production from the Scottish Government has been drastically reduced.

Additionally, the threat of redundancy was also attributed to the company’s failure in securing major work with other offshore projects such as Triton Knoll and Kincardine.

Employees should be made aware of their future with the company by the end of November. In the meantime, there will be a meeting of management and union representatives which will span approximately 30 days.

If an agreement is not reached, it could result in the loss of 73 jobs.

Worker’s Union, Unite has described the redundancies as “major blow to Scotland’s renewables manufacturing capacity.”

Unite has called on help from the Scottish Government with their regional industrial officer, Charlie Macdonald saying: “There needs to be urgent intervention by the Scottish government because if the scale of these job losses goes unchallenged not only is there is a major cloud over the future of the factory in Campbeltown but also over Scotland’s green manufacturing capacity.”

One CS Wind employee described the recent news as “deeply concerning but unsurprising”.

ORDER! A look back at John Bercow’s career as he chairs his last parliamentary session.

After an impressive ten years on the job, it’s finally come time for House of Commons Speaker John Bercow to stand down, and it’s without doubt that his extreme volume and wit-filled turn of phrase will be a noticeable absence from the chamber.  Bercow will also resign from his position as MP for Buckingham, a seat that he has held for nearly 22 years.

Bercow in his throne. Photo: UK Parliament

Over his decade-long career, bold speaker Bercow has brought around substantial change within the chamber, despite a lasting ominous grey cloud of bullying and misconduct allegations against him hanging over the latter half of his term, as well as a number of expenses abuse claims.

Over his career, Bercow has been a force to be reckoned with in the chamber, often dishing out wonderfully phrased put-downs to unruly MPs in an effort to maintain his signature “ORDEERRR” in the house.  A New York Times reporter quoted him as saying “When the decibel level exceeds anything that Deep Purple would have even dreamed of in their heyday in the 1970s as the loudest band in the world, that is a negative” in reference to his constant efforts to keep often petulant parliamentary representatives under control.  After an analysis by the BBC, it was identified that he used his exclamatory catchphrase ‘Order’ over 14,000 times over his career as Speaker.

While Bercow’s career will be remembered for bringing parliamentary traditions into the 21st century (by slackening dress codes and doing away with wigs for Commons Clerks, as well as turning a popular bar in the Westminster house into a crèche for MP’s children), he has been subject to much debate regarding his conduct outside of the chamber, and to his overall impartiality that is required as Speaker.  Bercow has undergone several investigations into bullying and misconduct accusations, and has been described as “overly aggressive” and prone to “over-the-top anger” on occasions.  While he was criticised and has been spoken against, he has never formally been reprimanded for the claims.

Before his time as House Speaker, Bercow served the Conservative party as MP for Buckingham, as well as assuming several high profile positions in their Opposition from 2001 – 2004.  During his academic life and career in the Conservative party, he was known to hold fairly hard-right views, in-line with the views of the party at the time.  During his time as Speaker, however, his views have often been called into debate, and has been accused of impartiality over his actions in the chamber in regard to Brexit motions tabled by Boris Johnson, with some of his rulings allowing those opposed to Brexit to implement pieces of legislation and checks to block Johnson’s plans.  He’s also been accused of abandoning his neutrality in regard to comments on President Trump, saying he would be “strongly opposed” to his addressing of the Houses of Parliament during his state visit.

Bercow did however meet Obama in the Commons. Photo: UK Parliament

While his decade-long career has been marred with certain clouds and stains over its time, Bercow will be most remembered for his moves to modernise parliament, and his often spectacular rhetoric and crushing putdowns in the chamber.  After his last day on the job this afternoon, he is expected to get home, put the kettle on, and have a cuppa with his wife, Sally, as well as the family cat, named Order.  Yes, really.

It’s October 31st, Why are We Still in The EU?

 

October 31st was supposed to be the day we exited the EU but with our official departure being delayed until January 31st and a snap general election on the horizon, feeling confused is an understatement.

Here’s a run-through on everything you need to know about our late withdrawal and our impending election:

 

With a general election set for December 12th, you may be wondering who you should vote for. The election intends to be quite Brexit heavy so here are the main parties stances on the matter.

To register to vote follow this link.

Edinburgh mum planning hunger strike in effort for Government to help her son

An Edinburgh mum has today spoken of her desperation ahead of her hunger strike which aims to pressure the Government into funding her son’s medication.

Karen Gray, 44, uses oil that comes from a whole cannabis plant, which is illegal in the United Kingdom, to treat her son Murray’s epilepsy. The prescription of Bedrolite and Bedrocan costs around £1200 a month which Ms. Gray has been crowdfunding since her son was given the prescription by a Dutch doctor in March.

Murray now attends school regularly with friends and hasn’t had a seizure in over 100 days, however, this still is not enough for a doctor to sign off on the prescription in this country.

The Government has not yet allowed for the prescription to be made available on the NHS and so along with seventeen others from campaign group End Our Pain, Ms. Gray is heading to Downing Street to begin a hunger strike from November 1st.

Ms. Gray said: “We’re in a desperate situation, we’ve absolutely had enough. We feel like we’ve got no option and we have to do something drastic. The government needs to step in and provide funding until the prescriptions are sorted out.”

 

The hunger strike is not the only form of fundraising that the Edinburgh mum has undertaken. Previously she has taken part in a sponsored walk across the Forth Road Bridge, as well as having a race night in November.

National News: Lunchtime Headlines Thursday 24th of October

Catch up with the latest National news with our National News Editor Owen Garner.

 

 

Controversial City Centre car park awarded ‘listed’ status

This week Historic Environment Scotland (HES) announced that Castle Terrace Car Park will receive a Category B listed status, meaning the car park will be protected by the government and consent must now be given to make alterations to the property.

Picture by Scott Bird

Castle Terrace Car Park was designed and built between 1959 and 1966 as a central car park for Edinburgh’s growing motorist population, with the property remaining true to its original design since its completion. The car park, owned by the UK’s largest private car park company NCP, has been praised for its distinctive Brutalist architecture and is now ranked among the likes of The National War Museum of Scotland, The Cameo Cinema and The Balmoral Hotel.

Historic Environment Scotland defines a Category B listing as:

“Buildings of special architectural or historic interest which are major examples of a particular period, style or building type.”

Castle Terrace Car Park was initially built to deal with the parking problems that came with the 30,000 drivers now crowding the streets of 1950s Edinburgh. It was the first modern multi-storey car park built in Scotland with designers allegedly drawing structural inspiration from Edinburgh Castle which can be seen from the car park.

However, Castle Terrace Car Park is not exactly a revered location among locals, with most residents believing it to be a hub for anti-social behaviour and extortionate parking fees. NCP Car Parks currently charge drivers £31 to park at Castle Terrace for between 6 and 24 hours with some users branding these prices as “daylight robbery” and “the embodiment of human greed”.

It appears that NCP Car Parks might be the only party benefiting from the car park’s listed status which now means that the company will be open to receiving government funding to “support costs associated with culture and heritage conservation”, with maximum grants reaching up to €100 million.

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