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Spanish Town Governed by Twitter

Jun is a small town in Spain. It is run completely on Twitter. Everything from government laws, job advertisements and the police is run through Twitter. You can even reserve a doctor’s appointment on Twitter here! The town is home to 3,500 residents and has been using Twitter successfully in every area of society since 2011. Everything in the town is done very efficiently because Twitter communication is instant. For example, one resident reported that a street lamp was broken on Twitter. Within 4 minutes, the lamp was repaired. Even the older citizens of Jun use Twitter. The town organises special classes for over 65s to learn about the internet and social media. The mayor of Jun says that using Twitter helps increase community spirit; citizens can contact government directly and immediately,  and it helps people get recognition for the work that they do. The Street Cleaner of the town posts ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos of his work. Jun is the only town in the world that operates entirely on social media. Original story from: Digital Trends Discussion Questions 1) What is your opinion on this? Do you think it is a good idea? 2) What are the advantages and disadvantages of using Twitter like this? 3) Do you use Twitter? 4) Do you think Twitter and social media will become more or less popular in the future? 5)...

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3 Scary Things the New UK Government is Doing

The Conservative party won the general election last week with an absolute majority. This means that they have more seats in the parliament than all of the other parties, and have a lot of power to do what they want. Here are three things that the Conservatives have promised to do. They are very controversial and make me personally worried for the future of my country. 1) They want to scrap the Human Rights Act. (to scrap= to get rid of, throw away, cancel) The Human Rights Act ensures that people’s rights are protected in law. These rights include...

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Riots in London After Election Results

The Conservative party won the UK General Election on Thursday. They now have a majority in the parliament. Although the elections were democratic, and there was no cheating, there have been riots in London today. Many people are not happy that the Conservatives won. Over 100 people gathered in London and 17 people were arrested. The protesters do not contest that the Conservatives won. But they are angry about it. Many British people feel that the election system in the UK is not  very fair. The UK uses the “first-past-the-post” system. This means that every seat in the parliament...

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The 5 Biggest Problems in the UK

The General Election is coming soon and the UK is getting ready to vote. Here is a list of the main topics of political debate here: 1) Health The UK runs a public health service called the NHS (National Health Service). This means that anybody who needs medical attention receives it for free. It is funded by taxes. The NHS is a big concern for many voters because; The UK population is increasing and people are also living longer. This means that there is a strain on services; there are more people needing medical care and not enough doctors...

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Main Politicial Parties in the UK and what they want

The UK General Election is on the 7th May. This is when the British people vote for the political party they want to rule the country for the next 5 years. Here are the 7 main politicians and political parties in the UK:  From left to right: Ed Miliband (Labour), David Cameron (Conservatives), Nicola Sturgeon (SNP), Nick Clegg (Lib Dem), Leanne Wood (Plaid Cymry), Leanne Wood (Greens), Nigel Farage (UKIP). The Conservatives – currently in power as part of a coalition government. They are traditionally right-wing and wear a blue tie. Members of this party include the current Prime...

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