Each week, Ben Hopkinson looks back at a serious, crazy, and happy news story from the past week.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has spoken out about the P&O Ferries’ sacking that occurred last week. The government are examining the legality of the actions to make the 800 redundancies within their staff ranks. Sunak says that the sacking of staff without warning was “awful” and “wrong”. However, there are reports circulating that ministers knew of the plans but failed to challenge it. The memo sent to ministers by a senior Whitehall official outlined P&O Ferries’ approach to continue as a “key player in the UK market for years to come through restructuring”.
Without going into the age old debate of the milk first or water first, how do you make your tea? Obviously, you boil the kettle and pour the hot water into the mug. It seems like Americans don’t do that, and instead use a microwave! Well that is what Alex Murphy done to make her boyfriend a cuppa tea “The American way” to his horror and his reaction says it all. She puts the tea bag in, pours cold water into the mug and a splash of milk, sugar and then in the microwave. Gives it a stir and then removes the teabag before giving the brew to her unsuspecting boyfriend. I think his reaction is how we would react – once tasting it asks “what is that?” before saying “it’s disgusting” and then throws it at the floor, smashing the mug in the process.
Making my British boyfriend a cup of tea the American way 😂😂😂♬ original sound – almurph18
In some happy news about COVID, the virus is less deadly than the flu since the mask requirements have ended. Analysis from the Financial Times says that “For every 100,000 Omicron infections, 35 will result in death, while the equivalent number of flu infections will lead to 40 fatalities”. This comes out at the same time as the NHS have announced that a second booster vaccine rollout has commenced, targeting over-75s, care home residents and those who are immunocompromised.