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Discussing Militarising the Far East and a second topic

First Tuesday Current Affairs Forum
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News Reviews from 2017

Closing the gender pay gap

Why is the gender pay gap so classy?

by Simon Belt

 

The gender pay gap hit the headlines last week when the BBC revealed most of its top-earning talent were women and its seven best paid stars were all men. This week the Financial Times is in the news with reports of the pay differential of editorial staff being 13%. I think the focus on those at the top of the pay scale may indicate this is more about middle class entitlement than gender pay differentials.

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Anti-Fracking: a conservative protest for austerity PDF Print E-mail
News Reviews from 2017

Changing political landscapeAnti-Fracking: a conservative protest for austerity

by Mark Iddon

 

Anti fracking protestors are determined to stop drilling equipment from getting to a fracking site in Preston Road near Blackpool that was awarded planning permission in October 2016. According to the ‘Frack Off’ anti fracking campaign group’s website, protestors see fracking as the greatest threat to their way of life and have called on the public to block roads and join their protests.

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News Reviews from 2017

Politics after the Brexit Election

Politics after the Brexit Election

by Simon Belt

 

The 2017 General Election was a very strange one. Theresa May called the snap General Election to give herself a proper mandate as Prime Minister and bolster the negotiating position of the government in Brexit talks with the EU.

 

The election actually left Theresa May in weakened position as PM, and plans for the UK's withdrawal from the EU somewhat confused. Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party lived on, even thinking they won.

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News Reviews from 2017

Changing political landscapeThe changing political landscape

by Mark Iddon

 

Theresa May has called a snap election, to take place in 5 weeks time, presumably to establish a mandate for her leadership of the Tory party and the Brexit negotiations. She became leader of the Conservative Party after the Brexit referendum and the resignation of David Cameron, rather than through a General Election whilst being leader of the Conservative Party.

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News Reviews from 2017

Manifesto for the future

A manifesto for the future

by Simon Belt

 

The 2017 General Election will be a very strange one. Whilst some very big questions of democracy may have forced the General Election to help clarify the balance of power, the election seems to be manifesto lite at the moment.

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