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News Reviews from 2013

Immigration: Eric Pickles isn’t the only one without a clue

By Len Gibbs


2013 started out with the hardy perennial of tabloids and broadsheets – immigration. There were three aspects of the usual stories that lit the touchpaper this time: the first was the 2011 census releases showing the huge change in the complexion of London (amongst other cities); the second was Eric Pickles’ admission that nobody had a clue about the potential extent of inward migration from Romania and Bulgaria and the third was the increased reporting of the links between the benefits system and migration. Underlying all the reporting was a significant change of tack by Ed Miliband with his admission that Labour had made mistakes and his floating of the concepts of benefits restrictions on migrants and tighter border controls. No doubt there is also a link between this issue and the Conservatives pledge to hold a referendum on the future of Britain in the European Union.

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News Reviews from 2013

The Familial State

The Familial State: Get your hands off!

by Simon Belt

 

Having grown up in a radical feminist household in 1970's Leeds, where Spare Rib and washing & cleaning rotas were our wall posters, it's a little confusing to see today's Tories point the finger at the dinosaurs who object to dismantling what remains of the family they so cherished until recently. What a topsy turvy world we live in now. The notion that the state should define or determine relations within the family was anathema to the liberal friends of our family just a few decades ago, just as much as to conservatives. Indeed, one of the fun parts of growing up was the personal and experimental character of many family arrangements of our extended family and the families of friends.

 
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News Reviews from 2013

Fracking: hell or a good idea?

Fracking: hell or a good idea?

by Joanne Green


Access the World Wide Web and international news releases talk to us about Fracking, some fore and majority against. The basis for against is due to past incidents such as Sacett versus EPA in which boundary rights were exceeded, and Strudley versus Antero Resources Corporation, 2011 whereby allegations were made for water contamination. This wave of Fracking rejection has been repeated throughout 2012 within capital cities and tabloids alike.

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FalklandsWhat do we do with the Falkland Islands?

by John Hutchinson


That now rather remote historical conflict of the Falkland Islands has raised its ugly head in the press very recently. There will be many who remember the absurdity and intensity of the 1982 conflict. It was one of those wars which appeared out of nothing and dominated the British public for a couple of months to defend a territory few could locate on a map or associate with. Described in Samuel Johnson’s words as a place that “not even noble savages have dignified with habitation” (1771), it then assumed an iconic significance in the mind of the British public’s imagination as the victory was a major factor in Margaret Thatcher’s overwhelming electoral success in 1983.

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News Reviews from 2012

FIRST TUESDAY News Reviews from 2012

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 December 2012 were:

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