‘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.
“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.
“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.
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.
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.
“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.
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?
“Lega and Five Star sit at opposite ends of the political spectrum, but both offered to resolve the migrant crisis by implementing tougher border and immigration controls, which would be contrary to the EU’s position.” George explores Italy’s influence on the EU’s changing migration policy.
“If the very nature of Johnson’s opinion is indeed offensive, it indicates just how divided the British political spectrum has become.” Sam explores the Boris Johnson’s controversial comments on Denmark’s ‘Burqa Ban’.
Geology played a cruel trick on Saudi Arabia. While blessing it with some of the world’s largest oil reserves, its natural endowment of water is one of the world’s most meagre.
“Throughout his Presidential campaign, Mr Trump stressed his commitment to ‘protectionist’ trade policies, in which he wants to protect US industries from foreign competition in the US market. His weapon of choice: taxing products entering the US from its trading partners, widely referred to as trade tariffs.”
Cuba has a new President, but what can Miguel Díaz-Canel hope to achieve during his tenure in office?
“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.
“Therefore, many believe that Turkey’s rediscovery of democracy can only be achieved with Erdogan’s fall from power. Given that he has just secured a new term in office, this seems unlikely to happen anytime soon.” Ayse explores the decline of democracy in Turkey.
“While recent British politics has seen tensions arising between politicians, with further scare-mongering and resignations in the discussions and debates surrounding Brexit, the World Cup should perhaps be celebrated as a beautiful moment in uniting an apparently divided nation.” Charlotte Davies considers whether football has the power to unite a politically divided nation.
“The roots of the problem run deeper than fake accounts, stemming instead from a period of change and conflict in global politics, as well as social media design that amplifies people’s fears.” Charlotte Spencer-Smith delves into the impact of Fake News.
Tony Blair’s decade in power will always be defined by the Iraq War. However, the former PM’s tenure was filled with domestic and international change. Did the ‘Third Way’ achieve anything of note?
"So far in 2018, there have been two momentous events that have shaken South Africa: February brought the stepping down of long-term corrupt leader Jacob Zuma, and April the death of the liberator of South Africa’s former wife, Winnie Mandela." Michelle Blick analyses the two figures.