Boris Johnson plans a post-Brexit festival of Great Britain and Northern Ireland schedulled for 2022 to celebrate independence and sovereignity of UK from the European Union; former prime minister Theresa May’s grand idea which the PM had been advised to skip///BY CRIMSON TAZVINZWA
Dean Creamer, a delivery director for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham is the point man of planning for the £120m project – dubbed the “festival of Brexit” by critics – which is due to take place in 2022, according to the Guardian reporting.
However, figures from arts institutions have privately expressed concern about the project, which some say is likely to alienate remain-supporting visitors at museums and galleries that are expected to take part.
There had been previous warnings that the idea – announced by May in 2018 as an initiative that would “strengthen our precious union” – could inflame tensions in Northern Ireland, coming a year after the centenary of Irish partition and on the 100th anniversary of the start of the Irish civil war.
Jane Bown’s photographs of the Festival of Britain, 1951
Jane Bown took at least 155 frames of the 1951 Festival of Britain on her Rolleiflex camera. The pictures show the startlingly modern architecture of the festival site, but also lots of the things she loved shooting, including children and people at leisure. These photographs now reside in the Occasions section of her extensive archive, which is held at the Guardian News & Media Archive.
A bill guaranteeing a multi-billion cash boost for the NHS will be the first piece of domestic legislation introduced by Boris Johnson new Government. This will be the first time such a spending commitment has been enshrined in law.Credit: PA The bill, which was set out in the Queen’s Speech 2 weeks ago will make it illegal for ministers not to provide the health service with an . It will be introduced to Parliament once the Withdrawal Agreement Bill confirming the UK’s departure from the EU on 31 January has been passed by MPs.
The British Prime Minister hailed the “seismic” shift in British politics as he committed his new Government to leaving the EU at the end of 2020, boosting health service funding and upping state support beyond the Tories’ traditional heartlands.
‘Almost every nurse I spoke to told me they didn’t want to take this action, but felt it was the only option left.’ A picket line outside the Royal Victoria hospital, Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA
Boris Johnson’s ad campaign urging people and businesses to prepare for leaving the EU on 31 October cost taxpayers almost £5m in just a month.
The government unveiled a £100m “Get Ready for Brexit” campaign at the end of August, promising an advertising blitz across billboards, TV and radio, as well as a revamped website.
One million 50p coins minted to mark Britain’s planned departure from the European Union on 31 October are headed for the furnace, the Treasury confirmed. Chancellor Sajid Javid ordered the production of three million commemorative coins engraved with the planned departure date, but the Royal Mint paused production in late October after Prime Minister Boris Johnson accepted a Brexit delay from the EU.
Newly released figures revealed that the Cabinet Office forked out more than £4.9m on the campaign at the end of August and throughout September. The true cost is likely to rise when figures for spending in October are published.
Viewers split on who won ITV general election debate held Tuesday, 19 November 2019///BY CRIMSON TAZVINZWA
A snap YouGov survey of 1,646 viewers conducted immediately after the debate shows a close split, with 51% of viewers saying that Boris Johnson performed best, once “don’t know” responses were removed, and 49% backing Jeremy Corbyn.
Most viewers think both leaders performed well, with two thirds (67%) saying so of Corbyn and almost six in ten saying likewise of Johnson (59%).
Looking at how viewers voted in 2017 shows, unsurprisingly, that Conservative voters are more likely to back Boris (88%) and Labour voters much more likely to think Corbyn did well (86%).
Nevertheless, almost half of 2017 Tory voters (48%) think the Labour leader did well, and one third (33%) of those who opted for Corbyn’s party at the last election think the Prime Minister made a decent show of it.