Today's cartoon by Dave Brown in The Independent relates to the announcement by Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon that she plans to call a second referendum on Scottish independence. The first minister’s intervention had been timed a day ahead of when Theresa May had been predicted to trigger article 50, but No 10 later indicated that it would not serve notice to leave the EU until the end of the month. The confirmation of the later date, in the aftermath of the speech, fuelled speculation the prime minister had been unnerved by Sturgeon. Read more >>
COMMENTARY The cartoon shows UK Prime Minister Theresa May having breakfast in Number 10 (the title 'Brexit is served' is a play on 'breakfast is served'). She's wearing a Union Jack napkin round her neck and holding a knife and fork, which makes one think that she's about to tuck into a 'full English'. However, her breakfast has been ruined by Nicola Sturgeon, who has just emptied a load of cold porridge onto the PM's head through the window using a cement mixer! Porridge is, of course, one of Scotland's national foods (along with deep-fried Mars Bars and Haggis).
Here's a lesson I created using EDpuzzle for my EM Normandie students. I think EDpuzzle is a brilliant tool as it allows you to make a interactive video lessons using YouTube videos or ones you upload yourself. It's really easy to use, and if you create a class, you can see your students' answers. Best of all, it's free!
THE CARTOON The scene is the Oval Office. Donald Trump is at his desk, tapping furiously on his phone. We can assume that he's sending tweets or tweeting on Twitter. One of his aides comments to another (Kellyanne Conway?), "That's the sort of tapping I'm worried about."
EXPLANATION The joke relies on a play on the word 'tap'. If you tap (or wire-tap) someone's phone, you connect a device to a telephone so that the conversation can be listened to secretly, or do so remotely. But the word 'tap' can also mean 'to touch lightly', for example when you tap on the screen of a mobile device in order to enter text or make something happen. The aide is worried because Trump routinely uses Twitter to attack his opponents, often without justification. For example, in this case, there is no evidence to support Trump's wire-tapping allegations, which one senior US intelligence official called 'just nonsense'.