Skip to main content

Children lose sleep over climate anxiety and Boris Johnson's paternity leave

FROM young people surveyed by Newsround revealing their climate anxiety, to Boris Johnson announcing he will "almost certainly" take paternity leave, these are the news headlines according to This Reporter on Wednesday 4th March 2020.

A survey for BBC Newsround has found that children are losing sleep over climate change and the environment. Two thousand children aged between eight and 16-years-old were given the opportunity to answer questions on climate anxiety. And the results overwhelmingly showed that most children  - four out of five - considered the problem of climate change important to them, while three out of five were worried about the impact climate change would have on them when they're older. One in five have even had a bad dream about it.
But when asked about the action being taken by grown-ups to tackle the problem, two in five don't trust adults to tackle the challenges and nearly two-thirds say leaders aren't listening enough to young people's views.
A fresh legal challenge to HS2 has been launched by the naturalist and TV presenter Chris Packham, arguing that the UK government's decision to approve the high-speed rail network failed to take account of its carbon emissions and climate impact.
Mr Packham and the law firm Leigh Day said the Oakervee review, whose advice to proceed with HS2 was followed by Boris Johnson last month, was "compromised, incomplete and flawed".
The crowdfunded legal challenge comes in the wake of a court of appeal ruling on Heathrow, which declared the government's planning statement allowing a third runway was unlawful for not referencing the Paris climate agreement.
Mr Packham said: "Every important policy decision should now have the future of our environment at the forefront of its considerations. But in regard to the HS2 rail project I believe our government has failed." The Department of Transport said it was considering the claim and would respond in due course.
Coronavirus, the latest distraction to getting important stuff done or, in the name of balance, the virus to wipe out us all, has sent the media into a tailspin this morning following the Prime Minister's official press conference.
Headlines include, from the Daily Mail, "Life on hold for three months" and "Expect 20 per cent of all workers to be off sick" from the Daily Telegraph. But what all news outlets are really talking about is the fact the Queen has been wearing gloves, of the extra long variety, during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace yesterday (Tuesday). The media simply won't accept the official palace reassurance that the Queen's choice of attire was nothing to do with the Coronavirus and have run a series of pictures taken from previous investitures - which involve pinning medals onto lapels and shaking the hands of the public - declaring "look she's not wearing gloves in that one", "nor in that one", "and neither is she wearing gloves in that".
But This Reporter would like to throw in the curve ball that the Queen was simply making a fashion statement. Doesn't anyone remember the day she sat on the front row of Richard Quinn?
Meanwhile PM Boris Johnson has been trumpeting about how he has shaken the hands of many, many people since the COVID-19 outbreak. "I was at a hospital the other night where I think there were actually a few Coronavirus patients and I shook hands with everyone," he said.
And finally, whilst we are on the subject of the Prime Minister, he announced yesterday that he will "almost certainly" he taking two weeks paternity leave when his fiance Carrie Symonds gives birth in the summer.
This follows the announcement earlier in the week via Miss Symonds instagram that the pair had "a baby hatching", but also comes in the wake of criticism that Mr Johnson has thus far been what Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn termed a part-time prime minister. And some may well comment, that even Mr Johnson's response to the Coronavirus has been somewhat lacklustre after he put off an emergency meeting of Cobra until after the weekend.
Mr Johnson moved to reassure us yesterday that he would be regularly updating the public on the steps they should take, and would not necessary be jollying it up at a private villa, well stocked with bootleg hand sanitiser, whilst - ironically - the rest of the nation was left to die in a ditch.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Meghan and Harry "grin in the rain" and the Kimono-wearing fox killer

FROM Meghan and Harry making their first appearance in the UK together since Megxit, to the kimono-wearing fox killer who appears to have been cleared of all crimes, these are the news headlines according to This Reporter on Friday 6th March 2020. Yes that's right, This Reporter is declaring this particular news gathering outlet a Coronavirus free zone as we kick off today's headlines with the news Meghan and Harry, otherwise known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have returned to the UK and had their photograph taken together, under an umbrella, in the rain. The couple were in town - London specifically - as they wind up their official duties before bowing out of royal life forever, with last night's paparazzi extravaganza related to their attendance at the Endeavour Film awards. With what we can only assume were fixed grins on their faces as they braved the weather, and the fact these moments under the media spotlight, were exactly what they were talking about when

Government accused of Coronavirus cover-up and Veggie Corbyn booed at kebab awards

FROM the UK Government announcing it will only release Coronavirus data weekly, to vegetarian Jeremy Corbyn presenting an award for the best kebab, these are the news headlines according to This Reporter on Thursday 5th March 2020. The Government has been accused of withholding information about the spread of Coronavirus after a 70 per cent increase in confirmed cases prompted health chiefs to stop providing daily updates on the location of new infections. Instead they will be provided on a Friday in a weekly round-up. Thirty six new UK cases were announced yesterday (Wednesday) bringing the grand total to 87 people. A former director at Public Health England said the move to weekly updates should be reconsidered to allow the public to make informed decisions. In related news, the Government is putting in place contingency plans, should the virus outbreak become widespread, to close Parliament for up to three months to stop 650 potential "super spreaders". Which gives Th

Summer Riots, Eskimos and Camping It Up at the MET

THERE will be riots on the streets if the Government continues to roll out its controversial Universal Credit benefits system. That is the warning from former Prime Minister Gordon Brown who predicts a return to poll tax-style chaos and a summer of discontent if Theresa May does not call a halt to the scheme. The Universal Credit system combines six benefits in one and is set for a full national roll out next year, despite countless reports of claimants already on it being plunged into dire financial straits as a result. Mr Brown said: "Surely the greatest burning injustice of all is children having to go to school ill-clad and hungry. It is the poverty of the innocent - of children too young to know they are not to blame". This Reporter comments, it really must be a sign of the times, that Gordon Brown returning as Prime Minister seems a welcome idea. Moving on and President of America, Donald Trump has declared his daughter Ivanka would be "dynamite" as the

Corbyn's Bodyguard and the People's Vote

SUCH is the nation's obsession with BBC's Bodyguard, This Reporter would argue, that a journalist from the Mirror felt it fitting - nay, par to the course - to ask Jeremy Corbyn's bodyguard what question he should put to the Labour leader during the party conference, underway this week. Abdul Abouker, for indeed, that is his name (and would we have been even remotely interested in this factoid pre-Keeley Hawes and Richard Madden enlivening our TV sets of a Sunday evening - "no This Reporter, absolutely not") admittedly didn't quite get to the crux of the issues dominating the 2018 Labour Conference in Liverpool - the anti-Semitism, the austerity, the People's Vote (more on that later). Mr Abouker, 30, suggested Mr Corbyn be asked how he deals with all the stress. The answer, for anyone declaring an interest, is running, exercising, reading and tending his allotment. In between the stress of managing to avoid answering a single question on Brexit for th