Politics quiz of the week: Brexit, Grenfell and smashed avocados

James Walsh
Boris Johnson’s position on avocados is not known. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

The EU withdrawal bill continues to make its way through parliament, while Boris Johnson continues to make a variety of headlines as foreign secretary.

Universal credit has come under further scrutiny, while the question of whether cash-strapped young people should be allowed to buy avocados rages furiously across the land.

Find out how successfully you have managed to shut the week’s political developments out of your mind by taking the quiz below.

  1. Who sent a joint private letter to Theresa May, warning that "current preparations are not proceeding with anything like sufficient energy" with regards to Brexit?

    1. Britain's Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg campaigns with local candidate Vince Cable in Twickenham<br>Britain's Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg (L) campaigns with local candidate Vince Cable in Twickenham, London, Britain May 4, 2015. Britain will go to the polls in a national election on May 7. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

      Vince Cable and Nick Clegg

    2. Priti Patel Israeli holiday<br>File photo dated 20/02/16 of Priti Patel with (left to right) Michael Gove, Chris Grayling, Iain Duncan Smith and John Whittingdale at the launch of the Vote Leave campaign ahead of the EU referendum. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday November 8, 2017. The International Development Secretary has been ordered back to Britain following the disclosure that she held further unauthorised meetings with Israeli politicians. See PA story POLITICS Patel. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

      Iain Duncan Smith and Priti Patel

    3. Michael Gove interview<br>File photo dated 01/06/16 of Michael Gove and Boris Johnson (right) on the Vote Leave campaign bus, as Mr Gove has spoken of his regrets about his bid for the Conservative Party leadership, admitting he made

      Boris Johnson and Michael Gove

    4. Ant and Dec new ITV contract<br>File photo dated 22/03/16 of Anthony McPartlin (left) and Declan Donnelly aka Ant and Dec, who are reportedly close to signing a £30 million contract with ITV. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday September 7, 2016. See PA story SHOWBIZ AntandDec. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

      Ant & Dec

  2. NEC Motor Show Exhibits Over Two Thousand Classic Cars<br>BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: A Reliant Robin van is displayed on the first day of the Lancaster Classic Motor Show are polished at the NEC Birmingham on November 10, 2017 in Birmingham, England. According to a recent survey by the Federation of British Historic Vehicles Clubs, the historic vehicle industry currently generates revenues in excess of £5.5 billion per year for the UK economy, and while current government policy is to promote self-driving and low carbon cars, according to Transport Minister Chris Grayling his party is also committed to supporting owners of classic cars, and those that want to continue to use them on the road in the future. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

    Which prominent Tory Eurosceptic came under criticism for writing a column telling investors to "look further afield" due to the state of the UK economy?

    1. Jacob Rees-Mogg

    2. Iain Duncan-Smith

    3. Boris Johnson

    4. John Redwood


  3. High Angle View Of Avocado Sandwich<br>GettyImages-724292981

    Speaking out on the housing crisis, which MP rubbished the suggestion that "affordability is only a problem for millennials that spend too much on nights out and smashed avocados”?

    1. Iain Duncan Smith

    2. Michael Gove

    3. Sajid Javid

    4. Jeremy Corbyn

  4. Which figure accused Russia of meddling in elections and planting fake stories in the media, saying: "We know what you are doing. And you will not succeed. Because you underestimate the resilience of our democracies."

    1. British Prime Minister Theresa May departs after visiting a housing estate on November 16, 2017 in London, England. British Prime Minister May has pledged to take personal charge of Government plans to address the current housing problem. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Leon NealLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images

      Theresa May

    2. risk-showtime-julian-assange

      Julian Assange

    3. Mark Zuckerberg<br>FILE - In this May 25, 2017, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the commencement address at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. Zuckerberg says his biggest takeaway of his year traveling to dozens of states is the importance of local communities. To this end, he’s announcing a new program to boost small businesses and give people technical skills on and off Facebook. The move shows how intertwined Facebook has become not just in our social lives, but in entrepreneurs’ economic survival and growth. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

      Mark Zuckerberg

    4. Remembrance Sunday 2017<br>Former prime minster Tony Blair (left) and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, during the annual Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 12, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Remembrance. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

      Tony Blair

  5. Tower block fire in London<br>NAME OF RESIDENT AND ADDRESS PIXELATED BY PA PICTURE DESK Undated handout photo of a leaflet sent by Tory campaigners to voters in a Kensington and Chelsea borough ward asking them to rate how much they care about the Grenfell tragedy. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday November 14, 2017. The questionnaire, sent to Courtfield Ward residents by the Kensington Chelsea and Fulham Conservatives Association (KCFC), asked them to rate how important the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire was to them on a scale of one to 10. See PA story FIRE Grenfell Survey. Photo credit should read: PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

    Who came under fire for sending a questionnaire asking residents to rate the importance of the Grenfell Tower fire on a scale of 0-10?

    1. Metropolitan Police Service

    2. Department for Communities and Local Government

    3. Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council

    4. Kensington, Chelsea and Fulham Conservatives

  6. Daily Telegraph front page 15/11/2017

    Tory MPs who had indicated they would vote against a fixed date for Brexit found themselves on the front of the Daily Telegraph on Wednesday. What was the headline?

    1. The Brexit saboteurs

    2. The Brexit mutineers

    3. The Brexit traitors

    4. The Brexit pirates

  7. Commons chamber as MPs debate universal credit

    Following a backbench debate in the Commons, the government are under pressure to reduce the mandatory wait for payment under universal credit. How long is the wait presently?

    1. Two weeks

    2. Four weeks

    3. Six weeks

    4. Eight weeks





  8. Who described Brexit as “the greatest giveaway of political power that a country has voluntarily ever done”?

    1. Ed Milliband, MP for Docaster North photographed in his office in Porticullis House. Edward Samuel Miliband is a British politician who was Leader of the Labour Party as well as Leader of the Opposition between 2010 and 2015. He became the Member of Parliament (MP) for Doncaster North in 2005, being re-elected in 2010, 2015, and 2017, and served in the Cabinet from 2007 to 2010 under Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

      Ed Miliband

    2. New York, NYC October 31st 2017. David Miliband, President of International Rescue Committee is photograhed in the IRC headquarters Photography Christopher Lane/Observer

      David Miliband

    3. Ed Balls and Katya. Backstage and front of house photography at Strictly Come Dancing Live full dress rehearsals. Birmingham. Photograph by David Levene 19/1/17

      Ed Balls

    4. Labour MP: Twitter 'too slow' to remove offensive posts<br>Embargoed to 0001 Tuesday August 22 File photo dated 28/06/15 of Yvette Cooper, chair of the influential Home Select Affairs Committee, who has said Twitter must do more to stamp out racist and misogynistic abuse on its site by taking down offensive posts within 24 hours. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday August 22, 2017. The senior Labour MP said the social media giant was

      Yvette Cooper

  9. Anti-Racists Protest In New York<br>NEW YORK - JUNE 10: Muslims, anti-Trump and anti-racist activists stage a protest against a simultaneous 'anti-Islam' rally that was organized by 'ACT for America', known with its racist and anti-Islamic notions on June 10, 2017 in New York City. The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) and the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) partner with other leading civil rights groups and grassroots activists to rally in support of the Muslim community, showcasing a pluralistic alternative to the white supremacist and Islamophobic

    Following a libel case, who this week acknowledged that anti-extremism pressure group Hope Not Hate "does not tolerate or pursue violent or undemocratic behaviour”?

    1. Nigel Farage

    2. Tommy Robinson

    3. Katie Hopkins

    4. Nick Griffin

  10. Brexit<br>File photo dated 26/10/17 of an EU and a UK flag. EU citizens are to be granted a statutory right of appeal if their application to stay in the UK after Brexit is rejected, the Government has announced. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday November 7, 2017. The right to appeal to the UK courts is among a set of tweaks to Britain's proposals on EU citizens' rights presented to the European Commission in a bid to break the deadlock in Brexit talks ahead of formal negotiations in Brussels later this week. See PA story POLITICS Brexit Citizens. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

    Who warned Germany and other European nations not to “put politics above prosperity” as they negotiate the UK’s split from the EU?

    1. Nigel Farage

    2. Tony Blair

    3. Theresa May

    4. David Davis

Solutions

1:C - Johnson and Gove appear to be friends reunited, at least in terms of securing a hard Brexit. The letter, disclosed in the Mail on Sunday, was marked “For your and Gavin’s eyes only”, a reference to the PM’s chief of staff, Gavin Barwell. , 2:D - A Forbes commentator, Frances Coppola, wrote that the MP had “advocated a course of action by the UK government that he knows would seriously damage the UK economy”. Redwood's second job is as chief global strategist for Charles Stanley., 3:C - The communities secretary lambasted baby boomers who he accused of being out of touch with a broken housing system. Housing should feature prominently in next week's Budget., 4:A - The prime minister spoke out against “the scale and nature” of Russia’s actions during an address at the lord mayor’s banquet., 5:D - The questionnaire, sent days before the five month anniversary of the tragedy, also included questions about how residents rated the importance of “keeping council tax low”, and what they thought of local schools and recycling., 6:B - Soubry, the MP for Broxtowe and an outspoken critic of the EU withdrawal bill, told the House of Commons on Wednesday: “According to my office, they have just reported about five, if not more, tweets to the police issuing threats against myself following the front-page article in Wednesday’s Daily Telegraph.”, 7:C - The Commons voted to cut the wait for their first universal credit payment from six weeks to a month, though backbench motions are not binding on the government., 8:B - David Miliband, who now runs the US charity, the International Rescue Committee, was speaking ahead of the launch of his book on the refugee crisis., 9:A - In a statement, Farage said he was “perfectly happy to accept that the organisation doesn’t pursue violent or undemocratic means”, but said the case had been “a complete waste of their donors’ money”., 10:D - The Brexit secretary's comments raised eyebrows among the ironic community.

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