The events in Kensington this week have left us in shock. Horrified. Sickened. Families going to bed, only to wake to the worst scenes and choices imaginable. It's just so awful and our hearts go out to all those affected.
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Next week sees 2 years since Simple Politics launched. 22nd June will be our birthday. I may splash out on a Colin the Caterpillar cake. And 2 candles. FacebookLive anyone? In that time we've reached nearly 130,000 followers on social media, spoken to thousands of young people in schools, had thousands of educational resources downloaded, videos watched, quizzes taken etc etc etc.
It's been an amazing learning curve and it's been really exciting. It's also been really expensive and is completely unsustainable. The plan is to raise money from education, events and the bits and bobs we sell. Right now that doesn't even come close. So it's all been self-funded.
We have now set up a Patreon page. What's a Patreon page? It allows you - our supporters and users - to donate a regular amount of money. That way, rather than raise a lump sum from crowdfunding we can build a bigger and better project with a solid income.
I know that times are tough. I get that there are other causes. But if you could spare a few pounds a month. that would be really helpful. If you can't please share the posts about it on Facebook and twitter. Telling others is a vital part of it. Or leave a review on Facebook. That's super helpful too.
On Wednesday, we'll see the Queen's Speech. Despite its name, that's not like the Queen's message at Christmas. It's written by the government to lay down its plans for the year.
The Queen's Speech after an election is normally a triumphant romp through the manifesto. Not this time. As I write, negotiations are still underway with the DUP. Apparently, the pledge to drop free school lunches for all in KS1 has been dropped. Other measures are bound to go.
After the speech (which is full of pomp and ceremony) there is a debate. It is an odd one because it starts with a couple of introductory speeches from backbenchers. These are lighthearted and self deprecating. Then, we slowly get into the discussion of the speech. Which is often savage.
The following 5 or 6 days will be spent debating different aspects of the speech. Foreign affairs, home affairs, that kind of thing. At the end of that, there is a vote. That's the crunch moment. If The Conservatives can't get enough votes to pass their plans, there is chaos. Corbyn would then try to form a government. He may be successful. He may not. We'd almost certainly be having another election in the Autumn. That's not what we're predicting will happen, but you never know.
So, yeah. Keep an eye on our twitter feed on Wednesday. We'll bring you all the fun.
Did we mention our Patreon page? Not sure we did. Check it out here...