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First Tuesday current affairs discussion - Tuesday 2 May 7:00pm start FIRST TUESDAY News Review on 2 May

The First Tuesday discussions on current affairs aim to provide participants with a way of developing and testing our understanding of a range of current affairs topics; improving our journalistic capabilities so that we can write opinion or comment style articles for the regional or national media or blogs, respond with a thoughtful angle on radio chat shows, TV talk shows or maybe just have an interesting angle to respond with when discussing the news at work.

 

The topics selected for discussion this month are:

  • First topical issue - introduced by Mark Iddon

  • Second topical issue - introduced by Simon Belt

 

Venue and Time

The Shakespeare Pub, 16 Fountain Street, Manchester, M2 2AA at 6:45pm for a 7:00pm start. There is a charge of £2.50 per person to cover costs incurred, which can be paid in advance by using the Eventbrite booking mechanism (see https://first-tuesday-may-2017.eventbrite.co.uk), PayPal Donate button on the left hand side of Manchester Salon website (feel free to donate on top of the £2.50 ticket), and can also be paid for on the night if booked in advance by Emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
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Closing the gender pay gap

Closing the gender pay gap

by Joanne Green

 

 
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News Reviews from 2017

Brexit, the law and parliamentCherish democracy, abolish House of Lords

by Mark Iddon

 

The House of Lords voted on Wednesday, 1st March, to add an amendment to the Government's bill for triggering Article 50, initiating Britain’s exit from the European Union. The amendment was to protect the rights of EU nationals to allow them to remain in the UK after Brexit no matter what the fate of British nationals living in Europe. It is thought that the Government intended to use the EU nationals as bargaining chips to protect the rights of British citizens living in Europe.

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Politics by NumbersPolitics by Numbers

by Simon Belt

 

Because of their potentially volatile and confrontational character, many pubs, clubs and family do's used to have a rule of thumb to never to talk about Politics, Religion or Football. Of course everyone did talk about them because they were the more interesting subjects, and they represented something meaningful if things were becoming pedestrian conversationally. These subjects can more often than not be the safe options these days. So what's happened to gut these topics of their power to excite the emotions?

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Brexit, the law and parliamentBrexit, the law and parliament

by Simon Belt

 

The Brexit vote in June 2016 in favour of Leaving the EU has had a fabulous impact on politics in the UK, rejecting the practise that previously aloof institutions could treat the electorate as a blob to be managed rather than represented. For the last couple of decades politics has been increasingly narrow and mangerial with very little programatic difference between Labour, coalition and Conservative governments.

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