News in 5 Minutes: US school students protests against Trump, UK Government rejects leaked Brexit memo, and the jests of two auld guys in the White House


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TODAY’S INSTALMENT (15 November) of the CommonSpace daily news roundup includes US school walkouts, an embarrasing UK Brexit memo, and Joe Biden and Barack Obama in the wake of Donald Trump.

News: Anti-Trump mobilisations continue with school walkouts



Young people protest president elect before first day in office

School students across the US are walking out of class to protest against the election of Donald Trump. The protests have spread from San Francisco to Los Angeles and then to Silver Spring and Maryland. Huge protests are planned for the inauguration of Trump, who campaigned on a vociferously xenophobic and bigoted platform.

Politics: Leaked Brexit memo claims UK Government has no plan

UK Government rejects leak

The UK Government has told the BBC it doesn’t “recognise” a leaked memo indicating that the The Conservative government has no worked out plan for how and under what circumstances the UK will leave the EU. Most of the government campaigned to remain within the 28 member state block.

Scottish Labour turmoil over constitutional question

Scottish Labour deputy leader Alex Rowley has appealed for the Scottish Labour party to abandon its unionist stance in favour of a ‘home rule’ position that would allow Scotland to deliver progressive economic policies. His comments place him at odds with his party leader, Kezia Dugdale, who is staunchly pro-Union.

Sport: Andy Murray’s first victory as world number one

Scots Tennis stars wins 20 games in a row

Scottish tennis star Andy Murray has won his first game since becoming world number one. The win against Marin Cilic in London was also his twentieth match victory in a row.

Culture: Fight to save Glasgow oldest music hall

Britannia Panopticon

Glasgow’s 160 year old Britannia Panopticon music hall is in desperate need of repair and maintenance and will disappear forever without help, campaigners have warned.

Weather: Unseasonably warm and sunny

But how long can it last?

It’s the middle of summer, and temperatures throughout much of Scotland are still hovering around 14 degrees, and there’s plenty of Sun and cloud cover.

And another thing: Obama and Biden

The Gallows humour of two old chums in the face of impending Trump

There’s been some cheer in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s shock victory in imagining the mischief of the White House’s exiting inhabitants.

Picture courtesy of Stuart Crawford, Pete Ramand, U.S. Embassy, Jakarta, Twitter, Gordon WrigleyPonyinthedarkBob the Lomond

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