Every week, The Friday Speed Read picks through all the piping hot news stories for our friends and families to simmer over with a refreshing gin and tonic.
This week it has been announced that our normal British summer will be returning over the weekend with its familiar showers and storms drenching us all the way through until October. Although, does this mean that if our summer months are hotter, our winter months will be even colder with even more extreme weather and snow days predicted? If this is the case, and if the terrifying headlines in the Daily Mail and the Daily Express are anything to go by, then British Gas has a pensioner or two to answer to! It has been reported that British Gas have increased their “rip-off” tariff further costing the average user £1,205, which is just over £100 a month. Claire Perry, the Energy Minister, went on to slam the ‘unjustified’ increase and urged British Gas customers to switch to smaller and cheaper energy firms.
Whilst the bid to reach a deal on Brexit drags on, the Tories hit the headlines for a whole other reason this week as Boris made some strong comments in his column for The Telegraph about Muslim women wearing burkas. The comments have caused a further divide in the Conservative Party and even Mr. Bean got involved in the debate. We hope Boris is enjoying his holiday in Italy as he will have a not so welcome home party waiting for him on his return as The Sun reports that TM the PM is ‘declaring war’ on Boris over his controversial comments.
But on a much more positive note, it has been quite a week in terms of sporting news with Team GB absolutely smashing it and bringing home an array of medals. ‘Dazzling Dina Asher-Smith’ shot through her 100 meters by not only winning a gold medal but by doing this at a record speed in just 10.85 seconds, making her the fastest woman on the planet this year! The achievements don’t stop there: on Tuesday we bagged a total of thirteen medals in just one day and a further twelve on Thursday. Overall, gold seems to be our favourite colour at 18, followed by silver at 17 and bronze at 15 – and we’re currently only one gold behind the Russian leaders. What a proud moment to be British.
Serena Williams has been in the papers again this week only this time it had nothing to do with her career and instead it was all to do with her new role at home as a new mum. As reported by The Guardian, Williams has taken the reins of social media to publicly share details of her roller-coaster journey to motherhood touching on her learnings, difficulties and how communication is key to sharing such a special journey in life. Williams said to her 9m followers that it is ok to feel “rough” and conflicted after having a baby and that we should be using social media to inspire, encourage and support each other instead of tearing each other apart. It’s time to stop using social platforms to shame other mothers’ parenting decisions. If Williams has done one thing this week, she has proved that if we stick together women really can <insert empowering Beyoncé lyric> run the world.
This week it has also been reported in both The Sun and The Times that research conducted by the insurer Direct Line found that a shocking 60% of us are lying to our doctors about our weekly alcohol intake. 71% of GPs believe that fewer than half of their patients accurately represent how much they drink with 20% of us exceeding the recommended alcohol consumption of 14 units a week. In light of this is comes as no surprise that in just 10 years the ‘posh’ tonic founders of Fever Tree have announced their £100m share sale demonstrating further fresh evidence of how much Britain really is a nation that loves a cheeky gin and tonic.
And on that note cheers to the weekend! But just the one (two…ok, three)!