Joe explains why UKIP may be back on the political agenda
“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to freely express their views, they are faced with a huge obstacle that rarely gets talked about: the United Kingdom’s outdated, undemocratic voting system.”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.”
“Nearly two weeks after the US Midterm Elections, the Florida recount has come to an end. While the results of most states were announced soon after Election Day, a recount was triggered in Florida after Republican Gov. Rick Scott led Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson by less than 0.5 percent.” Sophia explains the recount in Florida.
‘Prof Philip Alston, an expert in human rights law and rapporteur on extreme poverty, visited locations across the UK to assess levels of poverty and the effect that austerity still has on the lives of the average Brit.’ Imogen analyses the UN’s findings.
“Currently Tory MPs are putting in their letters of no confidence and others are seriously contemplating doing so too.” George explains the events which followed the Prime Minister’s Cabinet Meeting on Wednesday
“In recent weeks Donald Trump has drawn much attention to the South American migrant caravan, currently passing through south Mexico, slowly making its way to the U.S. border. On his final few rallies before Tuesday’s midterm election, Trump warned of a migrant caravan invasion, consisting solely of “Democrat-sponsored migrants” bringing crime.”
“He has been open in his account for leaving, declaring that he couldn’t support Theresa May’s Brexit deal, and was quoted as saying it is essentially a choice “between vassalage and chaos.” Joe Monk analyses Jo Johnson’s resignation.
A report in The Times on Sunday alleged that Theresa May had negotiated a ‘secret deal’ with the EU which will allow Britain to stay in the customs union but the PM dismissed the report as ‘speculation’. A further debate emerged surrounding legal advice on the Irish backstop, leading to a crucial cabinet meeting being delayed. Sam explains the week in Brexit negotiations.
“Although there are still some seats yet to declare, the Democrats have already won a majority of seats in the House. The first signs that everything was going to plan for them came early last night when the Republican held seats of the Virginia 10th and Florida 27th districts fell to the Democrats.” Matthew explains how the Democrats retook the House of Representatives after eight years.
Lega and Five-Star are standing at a combined approval rating of 60%. Both Salvini and Maio have wanted to shun the Euro but have not been able to muster their true opinions into policy. The fact that the EU has rejected this new fiscally-loose budget, that would have given more funding to services like the government-run job centres, will potentially turn more Italians against the EU.
“In the last week, the National Crime Agency declared that it was to begin conducting an investigation into Banks and his involvement with the Leave.EU campaign. Allegations posit that Banks was not the credible source of loans made to the campaign, thus suggesting illegal breaches were made.” Joe Monk explores the investigation of Arron Banks.
‘The US Midterm elections fall on November 6 and could be highly significant for the future of the Trump administration. The Republican Party would be hoping to maintain their majority in both the Senate and the House of Representatives; however, recent tumultuous events in the US have put this election on a knife edge.’ Lyell analyses the possible impact of recent events on the midterms.
“Theresa May’s Chief Brexit Advisor Oliver Robbins has been accused by Tory MPs of monopolising the Prime Minister’s Brexit negotiations and conspiring against Brexiteers in order to achieve a ‘soft-Brexit’ outcome for the United Kingdom and the E.U.” Sam Rhydderch explains.
“Trident came into the UK’s possession in the early 1980’s as a replacement for the Polaris missile system; it consists of submarines, missiles and warheads. The logic behind this is to deter a nuclear attack on the UK due to the threat of mutually assured destruction.” Sam Jacobsen and Joe Monk go Head to Head.