“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.”
“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.”
“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.
“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.
“Austerity is coming to an end, but discipline will remain.” Philip Hammond repeated this slogan twice at the end of his budget speech today. His aim was to hammer home that there is still a big difference between Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘tax-and-spend’ Labour, and the governing Conservative Party.” Sam Jacobsen analyses Phillip Hammond’s budget.
“The premiership of Margaret Thatcher was as ground-breaking as it was controversial. Thatcher’s premiership oversaw the most transformative period in British society since the Second World War. She was elected in a time of great uncertainty during the Winter of Discontent.”
‘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.
“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.
“Historically, John Major will be looked upon kindly by the UK electorate as one of our great post-war Prime Ministers. He may not have had the charisma or dynamism of a Thatcher or Blair, but his considered and balanced approach to governance ensured significant outcomes.” Hugh Dollery analyses the premiership of John Major.
“If today has proved one thing, it’s the importance of expectation management.” Matthew Waterfield explores the results of the local council elections.
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By Adam Bradford, social entrepreneur and Queen’s Young Leader
Note: views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of TalkPolitics.
A whopping 72 per cent of young people aged 18-24 voted in the General Election. It was a game changer. Hot off the heels of the EU Referendum I know that myself and my peers rallied round each other to register to vote this year.
I think last year many of us felt like voting in any capacity would be underwhelming and in many ways surpassed by the older generation who had the majority over us. When Brexit hit and the decision wasn’t what we had hoped, we realised we needed to make a difference next time we had a chance.
It is clear that Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour party won the youth vote. Every young person I have spoken to this week has cited biased media coverage, boredom at the Conservatives and a wish to see change in the way politics works in Britain.
A vote for Labour was a vote for change – Corbyn’s refreshing, human-level narrative appealed to young people, alongside his youth friendly policies. I do not agree with all of them but I am grateful he made space in his campaigning for young people. It was politics I could relate to, at least.
Now, we have a hung Parliament and an arrangement with the DUP. Who are the DUP? What will this arrangement cost us? What implications will it have? I am extremely unsure and know young people are still a little confused too. We have made our voices heard with our votes but we will not stop here. We will hold politicians to account, exercise our campaigning and voices to make sure we are properly represented and that our votes were not cast in vain.
Theresa May is our leader, but the make-up of our Parliament represents Britain now more wholly – a country perhaps undecided, a little divided, but longing for change. Keep your ears to the ground politicians, the next generation are becoming more and more politicised.
N.B. Post-publishing, this piece was subsequently moved to the 'Be A Voice' section.