Sunday 11th November marks the centenary of the Armistice, the event which brought World War One to a close. The Great War has been entrenched in public memory ever since, with the red poppy becoming an extremely important symbol. Here, two Talk Politics writers discuss the significance of the poppy today.
“The current political climate is dominated by arguments and disagreements that quickly become hostile, toxic and hateful. With serious issues facing humanity, from climate change to wealth distribution, it is no wonder passions run high when solutions to these problems are debated. But this becomes dangerous when freedom of speech comes into question.” Glenn argues for the importance of education to secure freedom of speech.
“Data gathered from The Higher Education Statistics Agency shows that the number of first-class and second-class degrees awarded from British Universities has soared. In the 2016/17 academic year, 26% of students graduating from British universities were leaving with a first-class degree, an 8% increase from 2013.” Lucinda discusses the possibility for reform within the higher education sector.
“It is hard to miss how awash the news and social media are with the ‘New Socialism’ of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party. From his unexpected rise in 2015, the Labour leader has created a new appealing vision for British socialism, especially among young adults and some people on the left.” Ewan analyses the “New Socialism” of Labour under Jeremy Corbyn.
After more than 40 years membership with the European Union, the UK has voted to leave. We are now half way through the two-year period of Brexit negotiations, and it is scheduled that the UK will depart the EU at 11 pm GMT, on Friday, March 29th 2019. But where has Brexit left us now? Jujia Li investigates.
"Beneath the pension dispute, a common occurrence today as employers seek to ditch costly final salary and defined benefit schemes, lays a malignant factor that is hampering higher education across the country – the commercialisation of higher learning." Alasdair Fraser delves into the issue of corporate higher education in light of the recent strikes.
"Innovation should be pursued, but for the housing crisis to be solved, a rethink of current trends is essential. If Theresa May really is going to push through a revolution in planning rules and housebuilding, as she set out this week in a major speech, then looking to the past might just be the answer."