Train delays, MP meetings and Winter Wonderland!
Not even the potentially catastrophic news of a total electrical failure at London Euston could stop the WKGS Politics Department on its whistle-stop tour of Westminster. With train delays necessitating a detour through Milton Keynes, it was a minor miracle that we were only 45 minutes late to our first appointment, a walking tour of Parliament Square and Whitehall with the amazing Diane. The tour was useful in getting our bearings of our democracy's most important buildings and we discovered some very interesting facts. For instance, Major-General Clive of India, who died in 1774, had a pet turtle that died as recently as 2006. Once we had had dinner back in the hostel, we headed off to the most important part of the trip, Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland, where we saw lots of Christmas lights, took too many pictures and tried not to spend all of our money on overpriced food.
The next day we were up bright and early (at Mr Robinson's insistence) for our tour of Parliament, arguably the most exciting part of our entire stay. The building is truly beautiful and incredible to be in and the history can only be described as mind-blowing. We also managed to squeeze in a tour of the Supreme Court over the road, which was also amazing. However, nothing compares to question time with Margaret Greenwood, the highlight being Molly's self-penned 'democracy rap' which she willingly performed for the Wirral West MP, which even won us a feature on her official Facebook account. Afterwards, we got some great photos outside of the building even managing to spot prominent parliamentarians, Chuka Umunna and Sajid Javid. Unfortunately, the trip did have to end at some point, so we picked up our bags from the hostel and headed back to Euston, before enjoying a well-earned nap on the train home.