“I think a realignment in British politics is much needed, but it will be hard to see whether it will last, given the nature of the political system” Joe comments on the recent breakaway of 7 Labour MPs.
“Over the past couple of weeks, I have read, listened, and read some more. I have seen the clips of desperate Venezuelans, hungry and bloodied by a failed socialist experiment, which has turned a potentially wealthy economy into a farcical socialist catastrophe. I have also listened to the Shadow International Trade Secretary Barry Gardiner on Andrew Marr and it does not make for comfortable viewing. This is my take on the current situation in Venezuela.”
“Parliamentary votes in exchange for cash doesn’t solve any of the major debates that now surround the Brexit deal, such as the Irish border, freedom of movement or membership of the customs union. Labour MPs who would accept such an arrangement should understand that their compliance would allow these debates to be avoided and a botched deal to be passed through parliament at a vital point in British politics.”
“With less than 65 days to go, and Theresa May’s Plan B looking no different to her Plan A, any hope that the UK would be able to make an orderly and dignified exit from the EU on the 29th March has been dashed, while MPs on all sides of Parliament realise that a second referendum just might be the solution to the deadlock over Brexit.”
“Politicians are supposed to face tough questions; journalists are not meant to give anyone an easy ride, especially when they believe their interviewee is evading their questions. However, the treatment of Diane Abbott on Question Time last week crossed a line. The BBC needs to issue a proper apology.”
“Over the last two years, British politics has found itself in a dishonourable state of hypocrisy: the people who wagged their finger at David Cameron for resigning after the referendum are the same people who would have pushed for his resignation, had he not done so himself. Had the remain campaign won the Brexit referendum in 2016, they would be hailing democracy as a righteous and fair phenomenon- instead of insisting on a second referendum, hoping to get a different ‘democratic’ result.”
“It isn’t perfect – that’s absolutely for sure. But dragging government down wildly separate paths hasn’t borne fruit and will continue to fail us. Common Market 2.0, as dubbed by Halfon and Powell in their joint pamphlet announcing support for the policy – is the only path which has the potential to command a parliamentary majority.”
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.