“The Liberal Democrats have always managed to find flagship policies to distinguish themselves from their two bigger rivals. In the old days it was their opposition to the Iraq War, and tuition fees. These days the Lib Dems are the biggest party in Parliament that flat-out opposes Britain’s imminent exit from the European Union.” Sam analyses the key points to come out of the Lib Dem Conference.
Universal Basic Income (UBI), a policy whereby every individual receives a non-conditional flat-rate payment, is a divisive topic; it has been trialled in places as diverse as the US, Kenya, Scotland and Finland. Whilst some see it as the solution to, among other things, a broken and dysfunctional welfare system, others strongly oppose the idea. Founder of Labour Basic Income, George Ablett, and TalkPolitics Campaign Agent, Lyell Tweed, go head to head on the issue.
In an unprecedented move, the European Parliament has triggered Article 7 of the Lisbon Treaty amidst fears that Hungary presents a threat to the core values of the EU. Imogen explores the issue here.
Following the MP expenses scandal David Cameron pledged to reduce the cost of politics by decreasing the number of seats in parliament. That was in 2010. On the 10th September 2018, the Boundary Commission Report was released. George explores its recommendations and their implications.
On September 5, The New York Times took the rare step of publishing an anonymous op-ed essay, the author being described as a “senior official in the Trump administration.” It was titled “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration.” Sophia discusses the significance of this unprecedented move by the New York Times and the potential implications.
“The shadow chancellor addressed the 150th Trade Union Congress and said that a Labour government would give these workers the same employment rights as those in full employment.” Ethan Moxam explores John McDonnell’s speech to the TUC.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) was established in 2002 and it has successfully prosecuted a number of cases. However, the legitimacy of the court is not universally accepted. Sam Jacobsen explores what this means for the US, who are refusing to cooperate with the court’s investigation.
“On 30 August, Frank Field resigned the Labour whip, primarily citing the widespread anti-Semitism within the party as his reason for resigning. However, it is believed that a no confidence vote in him by his local Constituency Labour Party (CLP) was also an important factor in his decision to resign, giving rise to the question – what is a CLP vote of no confidence?”
“Jeremy Corbyn has proposed a number of new Labour policies designed to reform the landscape of the British media. The first scheme being a new tax that could be levied on tech giants such as Google, Netflix, Facebook and Amazon. “ Ethan Moxam explains.
Donald Trump’s rhetoric surrounding media outlets, which he consistently labels “fake news” and the “enemy of the people”, inspired threatening communications towards the Boston Globe earlier this month…
10 years after Kosovo declared independence from Serbia, there has been very little progress between the two countries. With Serbia failing to recognise Kosovo’s statehood, could potential land swaps lead to resolution, or is it likely to plunge the whole region into renewed conflict?
“The lira has plummeted, losing up to 60% of its value against the dollar. This is a huge problem for Turkey as it has to produce more of the devastatingly devalued lira for each dollar paid back, while the dollar is continuing to rise. This is a game of catch up Turkey is never going to win.” George explains the currency crisis in Turkey.
“With this pattern having occurred on several occasions, many predict Democrats are poised for big wins in November. In order to capture control of the house, Democrats need a net gain of 23 seats, and a net gain of two seats in the Senate to have a majority.” Sophia explains the significance of US midterm elections.
‘As Trump nears the end of his second year in office, qualms about the legitimacy of the election have yet to be put to bed. The latest in the proceedings concerning Trump is the case against Michael Cohen, Trump’s ex-lawyer, who has just pleaded guilty to violating finance laws in the 2016 election.’
Years of political instability in the Middle East’s poorest country culminated in the outbreak of civil war in 2015 and has resulted in the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. Why do the struggles in Yemen continue to rage on, and is the UK complicit in the situation?
‘Evidently, the notion of a ‘No-Deal’ Brexit is a source of vitriolic debate within the UK; it is alarming to some, but supported by others.’ Lyell explores the meaning of a ‘No-Deal’ Brexit.
“Nowadays, the scandals associated with President Donald Trump’s administration seem commonplace; therefore, one can’t help but wonder if impeachment is inevitable, since the administration’s deception and reports of Russian collusion are growing in severity.” Christine explores the likelihood of Donald Trump being impeached.
Since the election of Jeremy Corbyn to the head of the Labour party in 2015 the party has faced many internal challenges, from a perceived leadership coup in 2016 to the resignation of many significant figures in the party from its front benches. However, after three Jewish newspapers all stated Corbyn to be a threat to Jewish life in the UK, the latest conflict looming over the party may be the most damaging to date.
“Ironically, this bill contradicts Israel’s 1948 Declaration of Independence, which states that Israel "will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex; it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture." Aysedilan explains the controversy surrounding Israel’s new ‘nation state law’.