Welcome to A Week in Review, a weekly feature where we give you a quick rundown on what’s been going on in the world of politics, activism, and feminism. Because why read the news when you can read a highly condensed summary that essentially tells you the same thing?
Every Friday, we’ll be giving you a quick overview of the major stories from the past week, so you can stay informed without getting sucked into a never-ending cycle of depressing Twitter moments, angry threads, and controversial Hot Takes.
We still don’t have a Brexit deal
Once again, everything and nothing has changed in the world of Brexit.
MPs finally got their Meaningful Vote on Tuesday and, in news that will surprise precisely no one, MPs rejected Theresa May’s Brexit deal by a majority of 432 to 202.
Then, Jeremy Corbyn tabled a vote of No Confidence in the government (as he said he would) and on Wednesday the government won that vote by a majority of 325 to 306 (as everyone knew they would).
So it was a week of significant votes, but nothing much has actually changed. MPs still don’t like May’s Brexit deal, Corbyn is still struggling to take a firm stance on Brexit, the EU still won’t re-negotiate anything, and Theresa May’s position is still precarious at best.
All in all, another frustrating week for British politics.
Racism is still rife in the UK
New research has found that BAME Britons face the same levels of discrimination in the workplace as in the 1960s. Which is both shocking and yet, somehow, unsurprising.
The study, carried out at the University of Oxford, found that people from minority ethnic backgrounds have to send out 80% more job applications than white people to get a positive response.
The research comes at a time when racial tensions in the UK are under serious strain, thanks to Brexit and the rise in hate crimes and vitriol that it’s brought.
Toxic Masculinity still dominates society
Gilette released their new ‘The Best Men Can Be’ advert which aims to challenge toxic masculinity and use the #MeToo movement to highlight the work all men still need to do to unlearn toxic masculinity and bring true equality to society.
Unsurprisingly, the MRAs and Piers Morgans of the world did not appreciate the ad and called for a boycott of Gilette razors, because why use your platform for good when you can use it to decry a positive and helpful message?
I’ve used @Gillette razors my entire adult life but this absurd virtue-signalling PC guff may drive me away to a company less eager to fuel the current pathetic global assault on masculinity.
Let boys be damn boys.
Let men be damn men. https://t.co/Hm66OD5lA4
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) 14 January 2019
Elsewhere in the news…
The US Government shutdown has reached its 28th day, leaving hundreds of thousands of federal workers unpaid and relying on foodbanks and charity to get by.
Prince Philip, the 97-year-old husband to Queen Elizabeth II, crashed his car near Sandringham Palace and somehow came out unscathed, if a little shaken up.
Pharmacists across the UK are struggling to get hold of many common medicines, including painkillers and antidepressants, thanks, in part, to Brexit.
New at The Nopebook
We’ve been blaming Theresa May and the Conservative party for the Brexit shambles, but it turns out, the chaos can be blamed on Henry VIII. Yes, Henry VIII, the sixteenth-century monarch who murdered two of his wives.