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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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News Reviews from 2015


Election 2015: immigration and EuropeElection 2015: immigration and Europe

by Simon Belt

 

At several candidate hustings and associated public discussions during this election campaign, the issue of Europe and migration across national borders has come up without exception. Often initiated by people representing UKIP, or indeed those wanting to distance themselves from a tagline of being racist, the two issues of migration and Europe have struck a chord with audiences. Whilst bureacratic manoeuvrings on Europe as such is one of the dullest of political issues of recent times, immigration and independence from the political administration by Europe are issues that draw out how we approach democracy and sovereignty of the electorate.

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News Reviews from 2015


Devo Manc and the 2015 electionDevo Manc and the 2015 election

by Simon Belt

 

Hanging onto the flippant disregard for the integrity of the nation state, with their lack-lustre defence in the referendum for Scottish independence, the civil servants in Westminster and their willing local politicians in Greater Manchester signed an agreement to champion the calls for freedom and democracy oop north.

 

Only no-one in Manchester had been calling for devolution outside of a small coterie of local administrators and politicians who could see their names in the limelight. Indeed, just a few years ago, proposals for a locally elected Mayor rejected the idea - and that in the wake of Labour's plans to impose regional assemblies on us was well and truly thrown out by the electorate.

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News Reviews from 2015

Natalie BennettHousing Policy and the 2015 election

by Mark Iddon

The meltdown of Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party, on LBC Radio last week caused a few sniggers about her ability to be a serious contender in the general election but it distracted attention away from any discussion of the merits or otherwise of the Green Party housing policy.

 

She was perhaps foolish to make an announcement of their forthcoming policy document including the building of 500,000 new homes without having facts and figures at hand to support her initiative, as she was in a complete muddle when held to account as to how it would be funded. It was quite painful to listen to but many people can relate to the experience of mind blank when the spotlight is on them.

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News Reviews from 2014

FIRST TUESDAY News Reviews from 2014

The First Tuesday discussions on current affairs aim to provide attendees with a way of developing and testing their understanding of a range of current affairs topics; improving their journalistic capabilities so that they 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 at work with.

The topics discussed in September 2014 were:

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