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Tuesday 5th September: First Tuesday Current Affairs discussion

Discussing Militarising the Far East and a second topic

First Tuesday Current Affairs Forum
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News Reviews from 2017

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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News Reviews from 2017


Alternative FactsWhat is the truth about alternative facts?

by Mark Iddon

 

A protest took place in Manchester on Saturday, and other UK cities, for people to express their objection to the recent appointment of 45th President of the United States of America, Donald Trump. The Manchester protest was not a massive gathering, maybe only a few hundred people in attendance, but perhaps expressing a sentiment held by many more. Amongst the many Socialist Worker Banners that read ‘No to racism, No to Trump’ were some signs with variations of ‘No such thing as alternative facts’ and ‘You are entitled to your own OPINIONS, but you’re not entitled your own FACTS!

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News Reviews from 2015

FIRST TUESDAY News Reviews from 2016

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 November were:

 

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News Reviews from 2016

American Election 2016

The American Election 2016

by Mark Iddon

 

There is only one week to go before the election to decide the next President of the United States of America. The 2 candidates, Hilary Clinton representing the Democratic Party and Donald Trump the Republican Party, are neck and neck as their campaigns have plummeted with new allegations and have risen from the ashes over recent weeks. Neither of them appears to have a coherent plan or vision of how to revive the economy or address domestic issues but both have suggested that the other is not fit for office.

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News Reviews from 2016

Battle for Orgreave

The Battle for Relevance (Orgreave)

by Simon Belt

 

Public inquiries have been quite popular activities over the last few decades: Brixton riots, Bloody Sunday, Hillsborough, Shipman, Soham, Leveson, Mid-Staffordshire hospital and currently the troubled Saville inquiry. Some of these like Shipman may have resulted in systemic changes to public service organisations with some merit, others seem to have been primarily for reasons of catharsis.

 

The summer of 2014 saw class warrior Ed Milibland call for a Public Inquiry into the Battle for Orgreave during the 1984's miners strike, which has just been formally rejected by Home Secretary Amber Rudd. Why the fuss after more than 30 years?

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