Stories of the Week ending 30 September:
Brexit this week took its usual twist and turns. The EU almost seemed irrelevant as we began party conference season and the battle lines are drawn not only between political parties but also between Leave and Remain.
Elsewhere, Brexit took a potentially unexpected turn. Just as The Soros Foundation takes Hungary to court over human rights violations, Conservative MEPs get a personal thank you from far right Hungarian PM Viktor Orban for their support in standing against proposed EU sanctions. Michael Gove also refused to condemn Orban although later Conservative MEPs were ordered to ‘distance themselves’ from the Hungarian leader.
The Labour Party started the conference season in spectacular fashion. Keir Starmer firmly launched Labour’s stance on a final say on the Brexit deal and a possible 2nd Referendum. But that wasn’t all. A range of social and economic policies either made Labour a government in waiting for some of the Press whilst others simply saw ‘an insane Marxist’ programme.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, clashed with Theresa May over Conservative Austerity. After the Archbishop criticised the Government for failing the poor and deserting a section of society, May responded with ‘work is the best way out of poverty’.
Benny the beluga whale was spotted lost and in the Thames estuary. This rare event was greeted with curiosity and wonder by some of the Press whilst others saw Benny as an omen representing a global catastrophe no-one is talking about.
And yes, in other amazing news, it seems our star signs really do control our destiny.