“As of last week, Theresa May now has until the 31st October to pass a deal for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Some believe this extension should be used to call a general election- giving the winner a renewed mandate to negotiate a deal and break the deadlock parliament currently finds itself in. Others believe this would further exacerbate the problems.”
“On Wednesday, Home Secretary Sajid Javid wrote to the family of Shamima Begum- a teenager who travelled from London to Syria in 2015 to join ISIS. In this letter, Javid announced that he had decided to revoke their daughter’s citizenship- stating that the nineteen year old’s Bangladeshi heritage means she can apply for citizenship their… The question that remains is whether Javid made the right decision.”
“Holding power to account does not mean that every story has to be Watergate. However, it also means that even simple stories need to be treated with keen accuracy.”
“2018 was, without a doubt, a rollercoaster of a year. Many would argue that Brexit negotiations have progressed no further, more cabinet divisions have ensued, and Labour has failed to offer a strong alternative to this Conservative government. This begs the question- will 2019 be any better? Below are some of the possibilities that could be in store for the year ahead.”
“In February 2018, MP’s voted to leave the Palace of Westminster while it undergoes renovation- begging the question, where should MPs go? As it stands, the Commons would move to Richmond House on Whitehall and the Lords would move to the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre. However, this vote triggered calls for a move not simply out of Parliament, but rather- out of London.” Lyell Tweed and Samuel Rhydderch debate.
After two and a half years, Theresa May’s sole important policy and aim has been dashed to pieces in the Commons. The majority against her is an astonishing 230 in the Commons. The Prime Minister wields no authority or power in the Chamber.
In a turbulent week of Brexit negotiations, Theresa May suffered two defeats in the Commons; two amendments were made which will curb the government’s power. In addition, Corbyn made calls for a General Election in order to ‘break the deadlock’ over Brexit. Ethan explains.
The US government has entered a third week of partial shutdown due to a funding dispute over a wall along the southern border with Mexico. Donald Trump has asserted that he could call a national emergency to fund the wall and bypass Congress, but the extent to which this is true is open for debate.
On Wednesday, President Xi Jinping stated that China wants Taiwan to be under Beijing’s control on a ‘one country, two systems’ basis. Marking 40 years since the beginning of improved relationships between the two territories, Taiwan responded that it would never accept such an arrangement. Samuel explains.
“As another year of political turmoil comes to a close, members of the TalkPolitics team reflect on the standout events of 2018.”
For the second year running, Time Magazine have broken with tradition and decided not to give their ‘Person of the Year’ award to an individual. Last year, the accolade went to the women of the #MeToo movement – this year it went to…
“It was no surprise that the threshold for triggering a vote of no confidence, sending 48 letters to the chairman of the 1922 select committee, was reached given May’s delay of the meaningful vote on the withdrawal agreement.” Joe examines the outcome of the confidence vote.
“Here at TalkPolitics we are utterly devoted to free speech and democracy. No matter what the subject, we want as many voices as possible to be involved in the conversation. However, when it comes to the British public being able to freely express their views, they are faced with a huge obstacle that rarely gets talked about: the United Kingdom’s outdated, undemocratic voting system.”
“The United States and China have reached a temporary trade truce following months of escalating tensions over increased tariffs. In a meeting on Saturday, President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping agreed to a 90-day extension on the imposition of US tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods.”
“An investigation is underway into post 18 education, with speculation that some degrees could be cut to £6,500, whilst others, namely science, could be raised. Recent conversations have also focussed on the increasingly high pay of vice chancellors and other senior staff. Given the fact that UK universities are the most expensive in Europe, the question of abolishing tuition fees is never too far from the surface.”
“When it comes to voting, age and young people (generally those aged 18-25), firstly data consistently indicates that young people are less likely to vote than older individuals and that the propensity to vote increases with age. The most interesting aspect of this is that this relationship is near universal.”
“In the era of austerity imposed by the coalition government, and subsequently followed by the latter two administrations, the police services have been hit severely.” Joe explains some of the implications of the Stop and Search Policy
“Pragmatism over sentiment, economic interests over ideology, and shared interests over isolationism have tended to characterise the UK’s relations overseas. British foreign policy strategies can be conceptualised as three typologies, as detailed below.”
“In the official statement the President says that the United States will maintain its alliance with Saudi Arabia, saying it would be “foolish” to punish the crown prince - Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) – who has reportedly “vigorously” denied any knowledge or involvement in the killing of Mr Khashoggi.”