Friday, 08 March 2013

The Daily: March 8

We scour the news so you don't have to

Written by Natalie Letch
Vicky Pryce Found Guilty
The scornful revenge of Vicky Pryce has not worked out quite as she would have hoped. Chris Huhne’s ex wife was found guilty yesterday of perverting the course of justice, with the jury failing to believe she was coerced into taking his speeding points as her own. Emails that had been sent to a journalist were published yesterday and revealed a series of correspondence suggesting that Liberal Democrat lords including Nick Clegg were aware of the points swapping, “I have told VC [Vince Cable], MiriamC, MOak [Lord Matthew Oaskeshott] and a few other Lib Dem Lords and others working close to NC [Nick Clegg]”. The unanimous guilty verdict left Pryce open mouthed in shock. Both Chris Huhne and Vicky Pryce have been warned that they may face imprisonment.

Media, You Have Taken Hilary Mantel Out Of Context
Hilary Mantel has defended her criticism of the Duchess of Cambridge by suggesting that she was “set up as a hate figure by the media” and that she has “absolutely nothing to apologise for.” The double Booker Prize winner had described the Duchess as a “shop-window mannequin” whose main purpose was to procreate and that she was “gloss-varnished” with a perfect plastic smile. A series of public backlashes occurred with even David Cameron stating that she was “completely wrong” to describe the Duchess in the way she did. Mantel has commented that the media had taken “the words completely out of context” and that if the Duchess were to read her essay, she would “see that [she] meant nothing but good to her”.  

Flagship Gucci Boutique Loses £100,000 of Stock
A ram-raid that took place at the Knightsbridge Gucci store. The suspects, who were driving a stolen Mercedes, reveresed through the front of the shop and made off with more than £100,000 worth of stock. It is believed that the suspects knew what they were after as they were in and out within seconds. Amongst the items stolen was a limited edition crocodile bag that cost £30,000 and a number of other bags that were worth more than £10,000. A witness to the raid noted “they must have known what they were doing because they drove the car right into the doorway and got the doors open”. Gucci has requested that no staff are to talk to the media but that any CCTV footage of the raid had been passed directly to the police. No arrests have been made.  

International Women's Day
Today is International Women’s Day.  It is a day that has been recognised since the early 1900’s and is there to not only to remind us of our ancestors who fought for women’s rights but also how much further we need to go in order to have equality for women. With over a million reported acts of violence against women reported last year the government has issued an action plan on putting an end to all forms of violence against women and girls. They even went on to state that they had updated the plan as “they can never be complacent and because there is more to do”. The report also reinforced how they “must and will, provide leadership on the national and international stage.  Today on International Women’s Day we call for everyone to unite against these terrible crimes.”   

Pampered Pooch’s Ready For Rain
Crufts, the world’s biggest dog show for our four legged friends refused to let their spirits be dampened by the rain. So as not to ruin their groomed fur and bouffant hairstyles, owners placed waterproof clothing over their pooches and some even had waterproof shoes! They may have not looked as glamorous as usual but it was back to business once they were in the area and looked groomed to perfection. Taking place at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre today, over 25,000 dogs along with their competitors, travelling from 41 countries is to take part. Crufts has also included thirteen new breeds into the event even inviting the cross-breeds event, Scruffs, into the main event. This latest addition could be largely related to the fact that the RSPCA had withdrawn its support after accusing Crufts of encouraging the breeding of “deformed and disabled animals”. The RSPCA, though still cautious, has welcomed a bigger role for cross-breeds by stating it is “a move away from judging dogs on their appearance”.


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