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News Reviews from 2015

Tax credits and the House of LordsWhy retain tax credits or the Lords?

by Mark Iddon


On Monday, 26th October, the unelected House of Lords overruled the elected House of Commons and voted to delay the reform of Working Tax Credits (WTC). News of this was greeted with applause by predominantly labour supporters who saw it as a victory for compassion for low income families against the nasty Tories.

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News Reviews from 2015

Germaine Greer speaksWoman of the year?

by Simon Belt

 

Transgender has been in the news a lot this last year, and this week had a few stories of prominence where transgender was the key component. Glamour magazine gave Caitlyn Jenner The Transgender Champion award, Germaine Greer withdrew from speaking at Cardiff University when the Women's Society launched a campaign to have her dis-invited, and the case of Tara Hudson who was sent to HMP Bristol starkly posed the issue of how the authorities decide on the status of transgender individuals.

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News Reviews from 2015

Policing migrantsSwarms, refugees and migrants all welcome?

By Mark Iddon

An abandoned meat van on the main road to Vienna was discovered this week to have contained 71 bodies presumed to be Syrian refugees who had died from suffocation having left from Hungary on Wednesday. In the last year it is estimated that 2500 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa trying to get to Europe in inadequate boats.

 

Last month the port of Calais in France was besieged by migrants who numbered in hundreds on some nights trying to find a way of getting to the UK by climbing onto a train or lorry or entering the channel tunnel. These are incredibly perilous journeys with a distinct possibility of death en route, being sent to a detention centre or back to wherever they were fleeing from.

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News Reviews from 2015

Jeremy Corbyn listensLabour's Just Cuddly moment

Who'd have thought it? Jeremy Corbyn, the silent figure of a Labour MP for 32 years becomes a focus for those who say they want something different from the Labour Party after the Blair years. Well it's true he's not Blair in name, but he's certainly riding high from Blair's legacy.

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News Reviews from 2015

Rise of UKIPThe rise of the smaller Political Parties:
more options but still no real alternative

by Mark Iddon

 

With only days to go before the 2015 General Election (GE 2015), the three main parties are neck and neck with no particular party expected to gain more than 30% of the electorate and the distinct possibility of a coalition of parties forming the next government. With this in mind the main parties have begun stating what they will not compromise on if they are in a position to negotiate. A vote for a minority party was once considered a wasted vote even if it was out of conviction but that has changed in GE 2015. The smaller parties could take a more prominent role through forming an alliance with a larger party.

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