Britain needs a Speaker in the mould of Betty Boothroyd

by Rashmee

Posted on October 22, 2019


Having interviewed Betty Boothroyd in her grand Speaker’s apartment in the British parliament, I read with interest The New York Times’ piece on the privileges and profound responsibility that goes with the job of presiding officer of the UK’s House of Commons. The article captured the pomp and circumstance of a post that formally began in … Continue reading “Britain needs a Speaker in the mould of Betty Boothroyd”

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What is the UK Supreme Court and who is the woman who heads it?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 24, 2019 / Quartz


The UK Supreme Court has decided that prime minister Boris Johnson acted unlawfully in controversially advising Queen Elizabeth to suspend parliament for five weeks, just 17 days ahead of Brexit. Today’s decision-by 11 judges-resolves the contradictions between the rulings from London’s High Court and the highest court in Scotland, which has its own separate legal … Continue reading “What is the UK Supreme Court and who is the woman who heads it?”

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‘Dodgy Dave’ vs ‘Lying Ted’ but UK not like Donald Trump’s uncivil America

by Rashmee

Posted on April 15, 2016


The UK is emphatically not like the US or at least the uncivil America of Donald Trump. On Monday, Labour MP Dennis Skinner was kicked out of the House of Commons by Speaker John Bercow for calling British Prime Minister “dodgy Dave”. It was a reference to Mr Cameron’s tax affairs after the revelations contained … Continue reading “‘Dodgy Dave’ vs ‘Lying Ted’ but UK not like Donald Trump’s uncivil America”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK