Seven things that sucked in 2016

The upday team
Dec 23, 2016 · 3 min read
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These f*cking guys…

2016 has been… a toughie, to say the least. UK Editor-in-Chief Tom McArthur looks at seven things in the news that truly sucked this year.


From the wrong kind of fish off our coasts to the rising prices of food, Britain’s divorce from the European Union will send shockwaves through every part of our daily lives.

The grass almost certainly won’t be any greener, and for Britain to lose our membership of the EU could be the biggest mistake in UK politics since Neville Chamberlain waved a bit of paper about on 30 September 1938.

The murder of Jo Cox MP

It’s also worth pausing to recall Jo Cox MP — a young woman who was murdered by a right-wing extremist for her political views.

Perhaps the best way to remember Mrs Cox is her maiden speech in the House of Commons on Wednesday 3 June 2015, where she praised the diversity of her Batley and Spen constituency, saying; “we are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us.”

Celebrity deaths

Farewell, Harambe, you’re with the angels now

Bowie, Harambe, Victoria Wood, Fidel Castro, Muhammad Ali, Caroline Aherne, Prince, Carrie Fisher — the list is a depressingly illustrious one. Why must 2016 be so cruel? Well, mostly because people are mortal, dear reader: only Keith Richards will live forever.

The ‘forgotten’ war in Yemen

“This is what it’s like to be forgotten by the world”. It’s easy to think a billionaire’s obnoxious tweets are newsworthy, but I urge you to watch this powerful report by the BBC’s Fergal Keane and hug your loved ones a little closer tonight:

Brad and Angelina broke up

All good things come to an end.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie broke up this year, amid cries of ‘JUSTICE!’ from Team Aniston. The parting of this celebrity couple gave rubberneckers a break from the relentless diet of death and populist politics — and unsurprisingly was one of our ‘most read’ My News topics.

Euro 2016 (If you’re an England fan)

Lol, football. In the year England’s rugby team went 13 games undefeated, Roy Hodgson’s men had their own Brexit nightmare as they crashed out to Iceland, leaving millions back home as sick as the classic parrot.

T in the Park got cancelled

T in the Park is easily the craziest festival on the planet, as thousands of like-minded people congregate in Scotland for a weekend of loud music, mud and Buckfast tonic wine.

Festival organisers have had to cancel next year’s bash in Perthshire thanks to some birds of prey nesting on the site. Buzzfeed do an exemplary job of highlighting the mayhem that will be missed in 2017 here:

(Dishonourable) mentions must also go to Fifa, Isis, fake news, the rise of the “alt-right”, global warming and the relentless mud at Glastonbury festival.

That’s it; that was the year that was. Here’s hoping 2017 is a little kinder to us all. Thanks for reading upday — and we hope you have a happy and prosperous 2017.

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