Obituary for Baroness Shirley Williams, who defined democracy for the UK. Her work and wisdom inspired generations to question the way politics worked.
Steve Pottinger highlights the poor treatment of British Gas drivers who have been forced to work overtime with no extra pay. Andy Burnham has criticised the company and shown support to the workers planning a strike.
The Festival of Debate 2021, is starting in a few weeks. Its purpose? To increase political discourse, encourage local voices to speak up, and come up with solutions to the most pressing issues in society right now. All events are free and welcome to anyone interested.
Dr Stella Perrott draws to light the impact the Troubles had on young people in Northern Ireland, and likens it to the impact Brexit is now having on the youth. Westminster underestimates this impact and is not doing enough to maintain peace in the region.
James Powell reviews the hit Netflix documentary Seaspiracy and reviews the harmful impact of fishing on English and international water. Fishing has received subsidies for years, perhaps this money should go to ocean conservation rather than ocean destruction?
What impact does Brexit have on UK law and security, asks Lisa Burton. The UK depends on updates from the Schengen Information System, EU information on crime and DNA, and confidential updates on terrorism.
Alex Toal breaks down the Greensill scandal, and the broader problem of the revolving door which Cameron’s actions have highlighted. Politicians have had an uncomfortable level of closeness with the private sector for years, and the scandal is nothing new. But we need to change our incentive structures to improve practices.
Reports that the EU and UK are edging towards a new NI deal may be optimistic with the two sides said to be far apart on many issues and the PM himself “in denial” about the role he has personally played in sparking off violence in Northern Ireland
‘Get Brexit Done’ has unravelled in a spectacular fashion; a significant knock to the economy, removal of rights and freedoms, more red tape for business and – the most heart-breaking of all – trouble has returned to Northern Ireland. The obvious answer to this foreseeable problem is for the UK to be part of the single market and customs union.
Ellesmere Port’s future as a centre of car manufacturing means building electric vehicles, but this needs greater investment and Vauxhall has already earmarked other plants to build battery-powered cars,
Aidan Enright describes his battle, as an Irish in Britain, between his ‘British’ and ‘Irish’ identity. After being submerged in both cultures, he feels drawn to both. After heavy debate around Brexit in Britain though, he often yearns for his Irish home.
Dr Pam Jarvis draws to light the future problems and questions about the monarchy now that Prince Philip has passed away: will Prince Charles have the appetite to be king when his mother dies? Dr Jarvis asks whether there could be a referendum to peacefully decide who will be the king.
Andy Leach comments on the impact of Grenfell on cladding, the fact that inflammable cladding is still a choice for constructionists, and the government and Robert Jenrick’s slow response to improve cladding standards.
Steve and Tim discuss how Tim plans to mark 100 days since leaving Cassandra, and how great it is that there’s no racism in the UK. Catch up on their previous conversations too!
As the prime minister continues to resist calls to hold a special crisis summit to address the growing violence in Northern Ireland, this is your daily reminder that the longer you ignore something, the worse it gets. Actions, and inactions, have consequences. So does the doublespeak that Boris Johnson’s fond of. In 2018, Sky News […]
Now the UK is no longer an EU member state – even in Brexit is still far from ‘done’ – are those labels still relevant or helpful? Do the vast majority of the British public even care about Brexit anymore?
Twenty-three years after they signed the Good Friday Agreement of 10 April 1998, and just a hundred days after the bad deal they call Brexit, there came eight nights of street fighting in Northern Ireland.
In these early days, the impact of Brexit has been felt primarily by British citizens whose rights to move freely across the EU have ceased. The real test of the UKs policies may not come until next year. Immigration to the UK has reduced to a trickle because of coronavirus but as the economy picks up, the labour gaps will become increasingly evident.
Charles Whitmore explains the impact that Brexit has had and will on devolution. Different devolved powers have expressed different approaches to Brexit, but the UK Internal Market is set to reverse devolution in some areas.
Since Brexit, certain rights are at risk: human, civil, political, economic and social. The UK shared prosperity fund provides an opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives, but will this happen?
Jack Blythe draws to light the phenomena of ‘the blob’, or in Gove’s head, ‘Marxist teachers’. It has been revealed that bloggers have had significant influence over the Department for Education. Populism within policy is a dangerous path.
The Brexit disaster wasn’t built on lies, but on arrogance and stupidity by men and women who didn’t know their own limitations, and still don’t
Juliet Lodge and Jane Thomas examine double standards as unions are subjected to more scrutiny over their malpractice than the government. With a deal to build a hotel conference centre running into the millions of pounds, Len McCluskey deserves scrutiny. But so too does the government over their misspending of taxpayer money.
Sarah Hall explains the impact that Brexit has had on financial services. Since the 1 January 2021, UK financial services firms have essentially been operating under a no trade deal Brexit.
Conservative MPs flying the flag in their spare rooms don’t seem to be using it in a civic-minded display of national pride, but as ammunition to fight the UK’s culture war.
Katy Hayward lays out the challenges that Northern Ireland and Ireland are facing after Brexit. The poor UK-EU relationship has a direct impact on the island, be it with trade or borders.
Olivier Trouille, who has dual nationality, looks at what options UK citizens have for maintaining freedom of movement.
Rising tension in Northern Ireland is claimed to stem from frustration and anger among loyalist communities concerning the NI protocol which is widely thought to be separating the province from Great Britain by a sea border and has already created some disruption at ports of entry.
Granville Williams on the background to the fiercely fought battle to organise an American Amazon warehouse. The insistence on speed and surveillance of Amazon workers has led to global media coverage.
With the UK officially removed from the EU’s Erasmus Plus scheme, Prof. Juliet Lodge asks whether these benefits are gone for good. With Erasmus Plus lost, can the UK truly remain the educational powerhouse that it once was, and will our soft power be forever diminished?