‘The speaker, who represents the Buckingham Constituency, has been well regarded as a reformer, seeking to bring the Houses of Parliament into the modern era by ensuring that odd conventions that have precipitated since the 1800’s do not have as much relevance in today’s proceedings.’ Joe Monk analyses Bercow’s time as speaker.
‘Faltering talks with Brussels and concerns over the final outcome have given impetus to calls for a People’s Vote; a final say on the terms of the the Brexit deal, including a no deal. On Saturday, supporters will attend a ‘March for the Future’ in London to push for a second referendum. So, what are the arguments for and against a ‘People’s Vote’ and which side are you on?’ Ethan Moxam and George Royce go head to head.
With just two days to go until a critical European summit in Brussels, Theresa May addressed the House of Commons on the state of Brexit negotiations on Monday. The main focus was the question of the Irish Border after talks between Michael Barnier and Dominic Raab broke down. Matthew explains.
“Throughout her speech, Sturgeon attacked what she called an unstable government at Westminster, contrasting the “shambolic, chaotic and utterly incompetent” handling of the Brexit negotiations with the ‘sturdy’ and ‘functioning’ SNP at Holyrood.” Christy analyses the SNP’s party conference.
“The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) objective is to provide a stable safety net for citizens to find accessible ways into work, and to also compensate for those that are struggling to attain a basic standard of living.” In light of recent comments on Universal Credit, Joe Monk explains what it is and the criticisms levelled against it.
“Consequently, it’s very hard to determine who has the upper foot for when PMQ’s resume on Wednesday.” Joe Monk considers the lessons learnt from the party conferences.
“The Conservative Party Conference set off for a planned three days on Sunday. Looming over this conference has been a battle over what position the government should take in the final months of Brexit negotiations. There have been deep-seated opinions on both sides but it comes down to the membership and the ERG, versus Theresa May and her inner circle.” George Royce gives a day by day analysis of the party conference.
“Following years of economic struggle, Argentina currently faces one of its greatest challenges yet: a plummeting economy and dwindling confidence within it. As the Argentine peso remains weak, having lost more than 40% of its value against the US dollar in late August, the country must quickly find a solution to prevent further harm to its economy.” Sophia explains the economic crisis in Argentina.
“Talking about the fact that we are in a universal, global story of privilege and unaccountability, in which some countries are doing better than others, but that we won’t resolve any of the important issues unless we work together. This is what I feel most passionate about.” Guinevere Poncia caught up with Helen Pankhurst, women’s rights activist and an expert in international development, ahead of her appearance at the Cheltenham Literature Festival.
Given the high level of uncertainty surrounding Brexit negotiations, some within political circles and the public are calling for a ‘People’s Vote’. This is essentially a second referendum, although it is not being cast in these terms. Joseph Monk explains.
Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, appeared before a Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday following the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford who alleged the nominee had sexually assaulted her at a party. Whilst it seemed the confirmation would go ahead despite what many saw as a credible testimony by Ford, this was plunged into doubt after Jeff Flake called for an FBI investigation. Matthew explains the twists and turns of this hearing.
Goal number two of the Sustainable Development Goals is a pledge to end world hunger by 2030. However, a rise in global hunger over the past two years, and the threat of further increases in the future, has meant the likelihood of achieving this goal is rapidly decreasing. Charlotte Davies explains.
The 73rd session of the General Assembly opened on the 18th September, and the first day of high level debate started on the 25th. This year’s theme is ‘Making the UN relevant to all people: global leadership and shared responsibilities for peaceful, equitable and sustainable societies’. Imogen explains the purpose of the General Debate and analyses events from the first day.
“The 2018 Annual Labour Conference made waves across Britain’s political landscape this week, with Brexit taking centre stage. Delegates for Labour’s annual conference gathered in Liverpool, which revealed Labour’s stance on Brexit along with new radical policies proposed by senior members.”
Jean Claude-Juncker delivered his State of the Union Address last week and with a matter of weeks left for negotiations, Brexit was of course at the centre of the discussion. Christy Williams analyses the speech and the question of the Irish Border, which is yet to be resolved.
Last week, at the Salzburg Summit, the EU27 met to discuss a range of topics concerning the EU, chief among them was of course Brexit. After months of internal strife within the Tory Party, the membership abandoning Theresa May over her Chequers plan dubbed the ‘Brexit Betrayal’, she finally met with other member heads of state.
“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.