Section: UK

Festival of Debate 2021

Yorkshire Bylines
festival of debate

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.

The Greensill scandal shows that the revolving door isn’t so transparent

Alex Toal

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.

Brexit 100

Great Brexit Con Job

Amanda Robinson
lies about brexit

‘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.

Being Irish in Britain: Irishness, Britishness and me

Aidan Enright
Irish culture

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.

The changing of the guard: who will become King?

Dr Pam Jarvis
king and monarchy

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.

Inflammable cladding: the burning question

Andrew Leach
Inflammable cladding

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.

Statesmanship, not brinkmanship, needed for Northern Ireland

Jane Thomas
Northern Ireland Boris Johnson

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 […]

Is it time to drop the divisive labels?

Sue Wilson
Brexit Remainer Leaver

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?

Brexit 100

Brexit and the Good Friday Agreement

Andrew Rosthorn
Brexit and the Good Friday Agreement

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.

Brexit 100

Post-Brexit migration reduced to a trickle

Dr Stella Perrott
Brexit migration

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.


Blogging, populism and power

Jack Blythe
Andrew Old blogger

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.

Unmasking hypocrisy in high places

Jane Thomas and Juliet Lodge
Media bias unions

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.