The US Capitol was raided by Donald Trump supporters trying to prevent the confirmation of Joe Biden’s election victory. How close have protestors come to entering our own parliament?
— In May 2004, protestors calling for fathers’ access rights to their children threw a condom full of purple flour from the public gallery of the Commons, hitting the then prime minister, Tony Blair.
— Four months later, five pro-hunt protestors succeeded in entering the Commons chamber, after getting into parliament by posing as building contractors.
— In January 2008, protestors against airport expansion tried to storm parliament but got no further than hammering on St Stephen’s door.
— In June 2015, police formed a human chain to prevent disability campaigners wheeling their way into the Commons chamber.
— In April 2019, climate change protestors stripped partly naked in the public gallery of the Commons.
— In November 2020, three climate change activists succeeded in scaling scaffolding outside the Houses of Parliament.
Spain recorded its lowest-ever temperature, -35.8°C at Vega de Liordes. Some other countries whose lowest temperature records have been set in the past decade, in spite of a rising trend in global temperatures:
Buffelsfontein, South Africa (23 Aug 2013) | -20.1°C
Shoubak, Jordan (15 Feb 2013) | -16°C
Meron Golan, Israel (10 Jan 2015) | -14.2°C
Dieng Plateau, Indonesia (26 June 2019) | -9°C
Hong Kong (24 Jan 2016) | -6°C
Abu Samra, Qatar (5 Feb 2017) | 1.5°C
Tetulia, Bangladesh (8 Jan 2018) | 2.6°C
An opinion piece by Matthew Parris, published on 25 July 2020, headlined ‘In an age of science, why are face masks a matter of opinion?’, stated that Covid-19 was ‘killing millions worldwide’. However, this was incorrect. The global death toll, at the time of publication, was significantly lower (circa 650,000). This has been published following a complaint upheld by the Independent Press Standards Organisation.
Editor’s note: Matthew Parris was referring to the expected total global death toll for the pandemic, as yet unknown. Estimates vary from two million to four million.