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JRM wins in landslide

2/9/20~2/9/17 "already broadcast"

Tory leader Jacob Rees Mogg won last nights general election gaining 350 seats to remain Prime Minister. The loss resulted in the resignation of longtime Liberal Whig leader Jack Patchite after nine years. After the victory, Prime Minister Rees Mogg stated that "this victory will mean a victory for all the farmers, villagers, and working class individuals who know that it is the Tories, and not the socialists who have their best interest at heart!" This victory will be the third general election victory in a row for the Tories, and will most likely see the Tories take a more partisan approach to the upcoming issues in the country knowing they have a mandate from the electorate. The Liberal Whig party leadership race will be held in just two weeks time, with the front runners being Paddy Ashdown, Nick Clegg, and David Laws.

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State opening of Parliament

Originally broadcasted 2/16/20~2/16/17

Today King Michael The First, for the first time since becoming king, issued the State Opening of Parliament. It was the usual affair in which King Michael read the King's speech in the House of Knights outlining the course that the government will take over the next session.

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Following the speech came the always popular Kings Speech debate, or as it has been up till last year with the passing of Her Majesty Queen Loreeta, Queens speech debate, afterwards in the Commons. Prime Minister Reese Mogg reiterated the Tory party manifesto of internet reforms, lower taxes, a return to the gold standard, and a removal of the sales tax. . 

New Liberal Whig leader Paddy Ashdown, criticised the Tories calling them "the party of the 19th century", and that "the lower 10% will continue to suffer under Tory reign." Prime Minister Reese Mogg stated that the big objectives in this parliament will be to "continue the paths we have taken to strengthen our economy, establishing Great Burlington's position in the continent, ensuring a competent military, getting as many people in the workforce as possible and staying out of the lives of the Burlintonian people."

I'm Joe cole with G.B.N.B.

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Internet Filter Bill passes Commons

5/16/20~5/16/17

Today the highly controversial bill which enforces adult film websites to charge a fee of no less than 15 pounds or be shut down, passed the Commons floor 291 to 359. The Bill had support and criticism from all the political parties in the Commons. The main reason for the passing of the bill, says Liberal Whig MP from Fremont Kent Richards, "is that it makes the access to adult content much more difficult for the youth to access." He further states "this is so beneficial for we know from the growing amount of research all the negative impacts that pornography has upon the developing minds of teens and preteens, and this bill ensures that adult films remain exclusively for adults." The bill now moves up to the House of Knights which is expected to pass due to it being promised within the Tory manifesto, although many believe it would pass the Knights regardless.

With G.B.N.B I'm Alex Rangoon.

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Yearly Budget statement

Previously recorded 4/10/20`4/10/17

The Chancellor of the Exchequer Michael Hicks Beach delivered the Budget statement today to the House of Commons. Within the statement, the Chancellor stated the commitment to continue the long-term conservative economic plan started under the Disraeli government, and a commitment to a distributionism capitalism mix for economics ideology. The statement also expressed a plan to maintain the flat tax, and to also improve public transport in rural areas. The opposition leader, Paddy Ashdown, condemned the budget and stated that "this budget goes to show the extent of Tory ignorance."

With G.B.N.B I'm Joe Cole.

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Highway Privatization Bill becomes law

King Michael signed into law the "Highway Privatization bill" today. The bill proposed by the government will sell 3,120 kilometres of the nation's highways to private companies. Benjamin Disraeli, former PM and now a member of the House of Knights, stated that he was in favour of the idea of free-market roads and the privatisation will be more efficient, safer, and more cost-effective than public roads. An estimated range of the toll prices are the following;

  1. Class 1 (e.g. Motorbike) £1.00
  2. Class 2 (e.g. Car) £2.00
  3. Class 3 (e.g. Car with trailer) £5.00
  4. Class 4 (e.g. Van) £5.00
  5. Class 5 (e.g. HGV) £10.00

The privatisation will be finished before the end of the year says government spokespersons. The leader of the Liberal Whigs Paddy Ashdown criticised the signing of the bill saying " private highways lack some advantages that governments have, such as sovereign immunity against liability for accidents, the use of eminent domain power to acquire private property for roads and the ability to issue tax-exempt securities".

With G.B.N.B I'm Brandon Blampied.

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House of Knights Reform Bill reaches Royal Ascension

The "House of Knights reform bill" passed the House of Knights today, and will be signed into law in the coming days. The bill proposed by the Tory government will add an extra 100 seats to the House who would be appointed by a balanced committee. The Tories proposed this idea in their party manifesto during the 2020 general election after it became clear that the upper House needed reform. This served as a milder solution compared to the Liberal Whigs who proposed that a majority of the Knights would be elected with a minority appointed. The Knights did not make many amendments to the government's bill as it did not take away any power but only served to make the Knights a more fair House since the Tories have such a dominant majority. Prime Minister Rees-Mogg even joked in the debate of the bill that "the only reason the other place needs more seats is due to the success of the Tory party." This joke being that typically Knights are appointed on the advice of the PM, and the Tories have held the PM's office much more than the LW's. The candidates of the new Knights will be selected over the coming weeks, and it is expected that all new members will be in the House before the end of the summer months.

With G.B.N.B I'm Joe Cole.

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mob boss shot in the head by enemies from within his own gang while riding a bicycle, witnesses say

A mafia boss was assassinated while riding his bicycle in Yorkton on Monday in what is being called a message from the Yorkton Crime Family.

John Richmond, 67, was shot in the head while cycling in Malbrough, the biggest borough in Yorkton. Witnesses who called police after hearing the gunshots say they think two killers pulled up beside him on a scooter, the Salisbury Review reported.

The mob boss had been a target of enemies within his own gang since he was released from prison in 2014 after serving time for murder.

Prosecutor James Comey said the slaying was a warning to the state that the Crime Family may have been laying low, but was far from beaten.

Prime Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg Stated earlier this month the Governments intentions to further crackdown on organized crime.

With G.B.N.B I'm Amy Wisher.

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PM Rees-Mogg to make diplomatic trip to Magnaeus

Prime Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg plans to make his first major diplomatic trip since the general election in February, when he visits the nation of Magnaeus for their first annual diplomatic ball. The ball is going to be host to many of the top nations within Europa. President Sophie Gerber of Magnaeus has expressed that the nation is making extra precautions to ensure the safety of all those attending. PM Rees-Mogg stated in PMQ's on Monday "I was delighted to be invited by President Gerber, and I am looking forward to attending the ball and ensuring that the voice of Great Burlington is heard throughout the continent." The visit comes as debate continues within parliament between the Tories and LW's over what Great Burlington's position in the continent should be.

So far from what we know, joining the Prime Minister in Magnaeus for the diplomatic ball will be the heads of state and representatives from Fleur de Lys, Orioni, and Sunset Sea Islands with more to possibly be announced in the coming week.

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With G.B.N.B I'm Joe Cole.

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Royal Navy spots pirates in Amnalos Sea

The Royal Navy has confirmed to media outlets that they have spotted several groups of pirates in the Amnalos Sea. A spokesperson for the Royal Navy says that they are estimating that the pirates were looking to take overfishing and cargo ships from Suverina and Great Burlington but were spooked off when they saw signs of the Royal Navy in the distance.

This comes only weeks after the Orioni-owned cargo vessel, Amalas, was hijacked by pirates in the Northern Meteorolas sea. Defense secretary Sir Gathorne Gathorne-Hardy was asked in "questions to the defence minister" this morning about the government's response to the situation in which he stated, "the Navy is aware of the situation in the Amnalos sea and is prepared to stop at nothing to ensure the safety of our citizens and others on the sea."

Pirate activity seems to be on arise worldwide once more this summer after a slowdown over the last couple of years.

With GBNB I'm Amy Wittnberg.

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Bus full of explosives blows up at Yorkton Central Square, hundreds feared dead

Earlier this afternoon around 3 p.m, a bus in which was parked in Central Square blew up killing an estimation of hundreds.It is believed but not confirmed by GBNB that the bus was filled with over a hundred different explosive devices, which would explain the amount of damage caused.

Prime Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg went down to the site of the terrorist attack, and said the following; "Our nation today has been wounded by the depths of human evil. And although we are wounded, and we mourn, and we hurt, we will never surrender to this evil! As scripture says, we will instead expose it! We expose, and yes indeed we will make them pay."

It is pure speculation and we must make clear that at this point it is only speculation, but it is noteworthy that the far left group which goes by the name "Antifa" recently sent death threats to major politicians over what they call "the evil capitalist system they support."

With GBNB I'm Joe Cole.

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14 arrested in link to Wednesdays terrorist attack in Yorkton

14 individuals were arrested early this morning due to their contribution to the terrorist attack in Yorkton Wednesday afternoon. It is believed that all 14 members are apart of the anti-"fascism", and capitalism group known as "Antifa."

The attack resulted in the death of 114 individuals. King Michael has declared three days of mourning and prayer as the nation heals from the wounds resulted in this attack.

Prime Minister Rees-Mogg has stated "this an absolute tragedy" and that "the government will do all it can to ensure an attack like this never happens again on Great Burlington soil."

We will have further updates as we know them. With GBNB I'm Kate Snow.

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Parliament set to take summer recesses

MPs and peers broke up on Thursday, July 20. They will return in three weeks time.

Both The House of Knights and The House of Commons have various recesses during the year.

The dates of these breaks may be changed at any time and if required, the Speaker of the House of Commons can call all Houses back, both during recesses, and also during weekends if necessary.

With GBNB I'm Rachel Giff.

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Friday marks the 122nd anniversary of 'The Union of the two crowns'

This Friday, July 27th marks the 122nd 'Union day' in which celebrates the Union of the Kingdom of Whales and the Kingdom of Great Burlington In 1895. This is when the heir to the Throne of Whales, Princess Esther married the heir to the Throne of Great Burlington, Prince Carsten.

The day is often celebrated with parades, fireworks, and bbq's throughout the Kingdom. As a custom, the Prime Minister of G.B, Jacob Rees-Mogg and the Prime Governor of Whales, Rick Brandom formally celebrate the day by holding up each other's original country Jacks and having a pint.

Police presence is expected to be at an all-time high in Yorkton as last year saw a record number of D.U.I arrests. Taxi companies, as well as the railways, are providing free rides in many towns and cities from the hours of 11 till 21 to ensure people don't drink and drive.

The famous parliament hill firework display will take place at the 13th hour and the annual Baseball game between the Saint Martin Sailors, and Saint Justin B.C is scheduled for the 11th hour with a firework display right afterwards.

With G.B.N.B I'm Joe Cole, have a nice and safe Union day everybody.

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Internal strife within Liberal Whig Party

It has been reported that multiple MP's within the Liberal Whig party from the "Classic Liberal" faction are considering separating from the party due to the growing amount of "progressivism" within the parties leadership.

It is estimated that around 35 LW MP's have met over the summer recess discussing dissatisfaction with the Party's reaction to losing the 2020 election. One MP who wanted to remain anonymous is quoted to have said "We lost these previous elections by betraying the term liberal, and we respond by betraying even further."

These strong words come after being asked about how this MP felt about the election of Paddy Ashdown as party leader. Paddy Ashdown responded this morning to these reports by saying the following "The press always likes to blow up every small situation for their own reasons, but we will not let this distract are party from challenging the government of the day."

Parliament is set to meet for the first time after the summer recess next Monday. It is going to be interesting to see how Paddy Ashdown handles the two factions of his party. One thing is clear is that the LW's cannot survive much longer if a schism occurs.

With GBNB I'm Joe Cole.

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Parliament set to open for fall secession tomorrow

This Monday both houses of parliament meet for the first time since the summer recess. The big story over the break has been of course the backbench rebellion within the Liberal Whig Party, with close to 40 mp's threating to leave the party to create their own. But, as of right now, the LW's still have all 277 mp's from the start of the Parliament going into the new session.

Prime Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg, of course, will be in the Commons for PMQ's this Monday where he and Paddy Ashdown will face off for the first time since the recess. Prime Minister Rees-Mogg approval rating is riding at 86% as the public feels he had a strong response to the Yorkton terrorist attack, the economy is booming, and he a good look at the Magnesian ball. All this while the LW's face schism. It will be interesting to see the exchange between the two Monday afternoon.

Over the new session, we will see the fall budget, nuclear deterrent renewal, expected legislation on education reform, and it is also expected to see legislation on the powers of the Whelsh home rule.

With GBNB I'm Stacy Turner.

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Great Burlington returns to gold standard

Today the House of Knights passed a bill in which will return the Great Burlington Pound to the gold standard. The bill passed the Commons last week and has been in debate with the Knights all this week.

The controversial bill was contested within a small amount of Tories and a large amount of LW's but passed with ease in both houses.

Prime Minister Rees-Mogg stated that this will bring the Pound back to its rightful place as set by the gold standard. When the bill was in third reading in the Commons Rees-Mogg's main appeal was that the decision to drop the gold standard by former Prime Minister Gladstone was promoted as only being a "temporary solution after the war, and that "this will ensure the pound in your pocket is worth exactly that."

The leader of the opposition Paddy Ashdown who has been facing a rebelling backbench had a Majority of support from his party in voting against this bill. He stated in debate that "simply what a return to the gold standard does is make any financial recession or depression that much worse to get out of."

The bill after passing the Knights will reach Royal assent and bill signed into law at the start of the next week or two.

With GBNB I'm Joe Cole.

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liberal Whig schism, 48 LW MPs create "Democrat party" ALREADY BROADCASTED

48 liberal Whig MPs have separated from their party due to what they claim is a lack of "genuine liberalism within the party's leadership." We know that since the more progressive Paddy Ashdown was elected leader by a small majority there have been internal public conflicts within what is called the "new left" lead by Ashdown, and the "classical liberals" lead by Chamberlain.

The 48 mps lead by Joseph Chamberlain have created what they call the "democrat party" who according to him "will provide a genuine opposition to the government and at the next election will stomp out the socialism of the Liberal Whigs." 

Pm Rees-Mogg when asked his thoughts said "it's a great day for Toryism"

With GBNB I'm Jackson Lewis

 

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Extreme winter weather throughout the nation.

Most parts of the country are expecting 6-12 inches of snow over the coming two days. This comes just one week after the extreme blizzard which caused the death of four sailors in the Adlantic. 

The G.B weather service is saying that most major high ways are expected to be closed as well as many speed rail lines. 

For further details please check in to GBNB. I'm James Addington

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Prime Minister Rees-Mogg visits Youtabonia to sign trade agreement. 

Prime Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg went to Youtabonia this Tuesday to visit President Bailey Sawyer to sign a free trade deal between the two nations. The deal allows each country to trade goods to one another tariff free.  Great Burlington and Youtabonia, having right wing governments, have over the years developed strong relations as many Europan governments have turned more left wing. 

When asked by a reporter how the conversation went Rees-Mogg said, " I was very pleased to be able to speak with President Sawyer.  We had productive talks about free trade, military cooperation, and conservatism in general." He continued "the future of very bright for our two nations."

With GBNB i'm Amy Bright

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Great Burlington's monetary system returns to the Gold Standard today. 

Today march 1st is the day that Great Burlington enacts the final stage of the law passed last August which returns Great Burlington to the Gold standard. From now on, the official currency of the nation is the set of "Gold Pound certificates" which will replace the old system. Over the last few months the governments has been having citizens transfer their money over to the gold certificates. 

The new bills will replicate the old ones but with a gold tint around the bill.  Each certificate gave its holder title to a corresponding amount of gold coin at the statutory rate of $20.67 per troy ounce established by the Gold Standard Coinage Act of 2020. Therefore, this each Pound certificate is intended to represent actual gold coinage.

This has of course been staunchly opposed by the main opposition party Liberal Whigs who claim that the return will cause a financial collapse. Prime Minister Rees-Mogg, who is fresh off a return from signing a trade deal with Youtabonia, said in a speech this morning that "the day has come when the Great Burlington government delivers on the promise it made over fifty years ago that we would return to having the pound in our pockets actually represent a pound." 

Public support has been overall supportive of the decision as it was one of the main issues the Tory party ran on in the 2020 general election. But despite this,the opposition has been loud with there being plenty of protests since the passing of the bill last year. Opposition leader Paddy Ashdown stated this Monday at Pmq's that it was this issue that would "lead the Liberal Whigs into government." Which Rees-Mogg stated that "it would be wise for the right honorable leader of the opposition should get his own house in order before he starts making silly claims like that."

With GBNB im Joe Cole

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Prime Minister Rees-Mogg set to return to Youtabonia this week to agree to a Defensive Alliance.

Prime Minster Jacob Rees-Mogg is planning on returning to Youtabonia this Monday to sign a military defense agreement between the two nations. This comes just one week after the G.B Prime Minister signed a free trade deal with Youtabonia and shows the commitment by both countries to establish special relations. 

Little is yet known about the details of the deal but Prime Minister Rees-Mogg stated in an interview Saturday evening with GBNB that "it is time for our nation to reach out to those within the continent who share the same values, and culture as us. And I very much so believe that it is by becoming closer friends to Youtabonia the conservative vision is better guarded from the fumes of socialism."   

We will of course be following this story and will provide updates when they come in. With GBNB i'm Rex Handcock

 

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Prime Minister Rees-Mogg address the Commons on the Youtabonian military alliance.

This Wednesday Prime Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg addressed the house of commons about the trade deal in which was signed this Monday. The Prime Minister told the house that "this deal means that the Great Burlington and Youtabonian military's will corporate together in securing each others national security."

He specifically mentioned the ongoing war that both nations navy's have been engaged in against pirates that have been disturbing trade globally.  He also went on to say "the level of cooperation between our nations in economic activity, trade and commerce, military planning, execution of military operations, nuclear weapons technology, and intelligence sharing will increase as a result of these deals."

Opposition leader Paddy Ashdown expressed skepticism about the growing relations between the two nations saying in response to the prime minister "it is great that the far right reaches only out to the far right. The truth is, there are plenty of nations Great Burlington should be reaching out to but it is this governments naive euroskeptism that hinders the growth of our nation."  And, "there is no grantee and a complete lack of details that our military does not get caught in actions outside of our interests"  Rees-Mogg did make guarantees that no military action would take place without a vote in parliament.

With GBNB i'm Joe Cole

 

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Unusually heavy rainfall for March this week, burst riverbanks and caused flash flooding in Great Burlington’s low-lying areas.

Unusually heavy rainfall this week burst riverbanks and caused flash flooding in Great Burlington’s low-lying areas. Many business and homes in and near Kit-Carson suffered from the unusual March rainfalls causing millions in damage. 

The issue was brought up in pmq's today by Opposition leader Paddy Ashdown aswell as two other backbench MP's asking what the government plans to do to in response of the flooding. 

With GBNB i'm Sarah Coakly  

 

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Parliament to take three week spring recess, Chancellor Hicks Beach to deliver Budget when parliament resumes.

The nations parliament ended its autumn session this last Friday. Both houses of parliament will take a three week recess from business and will meet back up Monday April 23rd. The annual Spring Budget will take place that evening by Chancellor of the Exchequer Michael Hicks Beach. There is expected to be changes from the Autumn budget due to the recent Gold Standard return, as well as the free trade and military deal with Youtabonia. The government has high approval ratings following both of these developments which is expected to be brought up in the chancellors speech.

With GBNB I'm Amy Brant, happy Easter

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Parliament set to regather after spring recess tomorrow.

Both houses of parliament will regather after their three week recces tomorrow morning. Prime Ministers Questions will be at noon and the annual Spring Budget will take place tomorrow evening at 5 p.m. 

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With GBNB I'm Joe Cole

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