The Daily: Margaret Thatcher
Tuesday, 09 April 2013

The Daily: April 9

Written by Sarah Agha
Margaret Thatcher Funeral Preparations
It has been announced that Baroness Thatcher's funeral will take place on Wednesday 17th April and the ceremony will see her body transported from Parliament to St Paul's via Trafalgar Square. There has been much debate whether Britain's first female Prime Minister ought to be given a full state funeral. Although state funerals are normally only accorded to sovereigns many Conservative MPs are arguing that Margaret Thatcher should be granted the honour. Before her death, Thatcher insisted she did not want a state funeral and said there should be no fly-past over the service on the grounds. Winston Churchill was the last politician to be given the honour of a ceremonial funeral – one rung below a state funeral.

There have been mixed reactions to her death and the whole UK seems split in their opinions. For example, yesterday over 200 people met for a 'party' in South London in the spot where the riots of 1981 took place and in Glasgow a crowd of around 300 also assembled to 'celebrate'. The Queen has sent a private message of sympathy to family while Obama said Baroness Thatcher stands as "an example to our daughters." Family ask well-wishers for donations to Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Duchess of Cambridge to name cruise ship
Princess Cruises has announced that The Duchess of Cambridge is to become a godmother to a cruise ship. Princess Cruises' president and chief executive Alan Buckelew said today: "It is a great honour for Princess Cruises that Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge has accepted our invitation to become the Godmother to Royal Princess." The new cruise liner which holds 3,600 passengers will be the first ship that she will be godmother to. The naming ceremony will take place on 13th June in the Southampton Docks.

Facebook charges for private messages
The team behind Facebook have announced that they are considering to charge users prices ranging between 70p and £10 to message people who are not "friends". The social networking site claims that introducing such charges will prevent the current problem of spam. It is most likely that users will be asked to pay in order to contact celebrities with the charge levied on a sliding scale depending on their fame and popularity. The idea has already been tried and tested in America but a spokesperson for Facebook assured users that at the moment this is "still a test and these prices are not set in stone."

BAFTA TV Awards – nominations announced
The nominations for this year's exciting BAFTA Awards were announced this morning.
BBC Hitchcock drama The Girl has received four nominations, as did Jimmy McGovern's creation The Accused. Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid, stars of Romantic drama series Last Tango in Halifax, have both been nominated for Leading Actor/Actress for their roles in the show. Other notable nominations include two for the London 2012 Olympics for Sport and Live Event while BBC Olympic satire Twenty Twelve picked up four nominations. The Arqiva British Academy Television Awards will take place on Sunday 12th May at London's Royal Festival Hall.

Boris Johnson blames 'lazy' Britons
The Mayor of London has spoken out insisting that no-one should blame immigrants for the high unemployment figures in Britain especially if they are legally entitled to be here under EU rules. Boris Johnson believes that young people today lack the skills or ambition to compete against migrants in the job market. For this, Johnson blames the last Labour government for failings in the education system so much so that reportedly one in four Brits leave primary school still unable to read, write or do basic mathematics. The London Mayor suggested as few as one in ten jobs were now being filled by Brits. He went on to praise some immigrants for having a 'different work ethic' and advised that the youth of today urgently needs to change their perspectives with regards to their careers.

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