“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to freely express their views, they are faced with a huge obstacle that rarely gets talked about: the United Kingdom’s outdated, undemocratic voting system.”
"Politics shouldn’t just be about soundbites delivered with a shot of the Houses of Parliament in the background; it should be about engaging people in politics at a local, grass-roots level." With only a few dyas to go until local elections in the UK, we revisit Richard Wood's analysis from our manifesto - 10 Steps to a Better Democracy - on how to bring politics out of Westminster.
TalkPolitics has recently been awarded the ‘Innovation,’ ‘Youth-Led’ and ‘Project' award by the British Youth Council. Read more about the team's reactions and other recent changes here.
Following Theresa May's Brexit speech, members of the Talk Politics team offer their instant reaction.
Read why Emma Gonzales, one of the survivors from the Florida School Shooting, is our Politico of the Month:
"With Scotland, and now Wales going down this path and most major UK parties in favour of it, votes at 16 feels inevitable. But if it is to work, a sturdy foundation of political education is a must." TalkPolitics makes the case for better political education in the context of the votes at 16 debate.
Universities are a place for discovery, and with that comes an inevitable element of discomfort. Discourse challenges students’ existing opinions and can indeed be unsettling, but TalkPolitics holds it to be true that it is ultimately beneficial for both the individual and our community. When ideas clash and people challenge one another through rational debate, their inherent weaknesses and strengths become clear. From this, the good ideas can be sorted from the bad and social progress is achieved.
"Whilst Facebook is an important tool for social interaction, it has also become the single most influential source of news and current affairs for many people." TalkPolitics reacts to the most recent changes to the news feed here.
It's been quite a year in politics. The TalkPolitics team give their thoughts on 2017, and express their hopes for 2018.
The word of the year is fake news. Whilst its rise has caused a profoundly worrying uprising against the concept of a free press, it has also has helped reveal some issues with corporate-controlled media. Find out more in Founder Matt Gillow's article.
Read Managing Director Matt Gillow's press release as we launch our #OptInToOptOut campaign for an Opt-Out Electoral Register
Politics is still as important as ever
"Britain went to the polls yesterday morning with the muddled choice between nationalism and nationalisation – between intervention and intervention. They chose neither." Matt Gillow analyses the election results.
First-past-the-post is not first for the 21st Century
Our team make their #GE2017 predictions