Oliver Lawrie looks at how our lack of knowledge of other languages will impede us in the post-Brexit world. “Fewer than 3,000 students sat A-level German in 2018. That’s about 5 percent of the number of people who would attend one average football match in the UK.”
Charlie McCarthy weighs up the pros and cons of Biden cancelling the Keystone XL, and highlights the importance of the Paris Climate Agreement.
“The human family is standing on the beach watching a tsunami approaching. The big issue is … can we do anything to stop it?” Charlie McCarthy reviews what the evidence is saying on global warming and why we need to listen to the experts and be led by the science.
The fact that an adviser, or advisers, at the Department for International Trade has been advising businesses to set up in the EU should come as no surprise. This is the obvious, inevitable and easily foreseeable result of organising our EU trade as if we were Canada.
A covid passport is not the only or even the most important answer to getting back to some form of normality. And as long as the UK’s covid rates remain the worst in the world, we are likely to be blacklisted. Restrictions against travellers from areas where high infection and death rates continue will not be lifted anytime soon.
We may have to wait four more years for a sea change in the UK. Who knows where the current government’s journey will take us in the meantime, or how much damage they might do in their time in power. We can only hope that with Trump now removed, the failures, lies and extremism of our own self-absorbed leader with be exposed for all the world to see, and to scorn.
Beanna Olding reports on the efforts by the organisers of the 2016 anti-Trump Women’s March to survey global feminists. “the team has constructed a survey to collect data about the cultural and socio-economic obstacles women all over the world are facing today.”
Jack Walker says a farewell to articles about Donald Trump, after explaining the impact that the media had in helping Trump get elected. “The Trump administration should serve as a future reminder to the media of the power of our reporting – our words matter, what we write matters.”
Steve’s friend Tim suspects his plumber may be part of the Big Plumbing corporate machine, controlling his life.
Former MEP Michael Hindley discusses how we can stay close to Europe: “the way back to the EU will be facilitated by maintaining and even furthering such initiatives. Labour needs to explore which EU projects are still open to the UK’s participation.”
Marcus Cain looks at the truth behind the UK government’s rejection of the EU’s offer of visa-free travel for musicians and crew. “All this begs the question, why would our government, a Conservative government, let an industry that is our second largest export and worth over £5.8bn a year to the UK economy wither and die?”
Jack Walker highlights the importance of impeaching President Trump and what it will mean for Joe Biden during his ‘honeymoon’ with Congress.
Kerry Pearson introduces the new Yorkshire Bylines series, ‘Biden 100’. Why is pressure put on presidents for their first 100 days, and what can they realistically accomplish in this time?
Trevor Fisher investigates the international spread of conspiracies during the pandemic which may hinder us getting out of it. “The rapid spread of these theories and the way they boost actual fascist activities make the ‘Scamdemic’ movement a dangerous threat.”
Steve’s friend Tim believes the protests in Washington DC were organised by Antifa and were not the work of Trump supporters …
Dr Hywel Ceri Jones was the EU Commission’s director for education, training and youth when Erasmus was founded in 1987. He argues that the Scottish and Welsh governments should now jointly call on the UK parliament to reconsider and reject the rationale for the damaging decision to leave the Erasmus scheme, putting first the future of our young people and the interests of the four nations.
During 2020, Putin saw several challenges to his rule and influence, most of which have been contained, though not totally eliminated. Stephen Davis reviews the year’s developments in post-Soviet space. “For Russia’s President Putin, 2020 has been beset with setbacks; but from his perspective, it has also seen some apparent victories”.
Juliet Lodge looks at what the UK education sector will lose from abandoning the Erasmus scheme and replacing it with the Turing programme. “Alan Turing, after whom the government’s scheme has been named, would probably not have approved of this act of what Nicola Sturgeon calls educational vandalism.”
We look at our fourv’People of the Year’ for 2020: telling the stories of Marcus Rashford, Rosamund Kissi-Debrah, and Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
Andy Brown looks at how humanity’s collective stupidity has peaked at the same time as its oil consumption. “The idea that the world needs to be managed with greater environmental sensitivity has much more traction with the young than the concept that we need to look backward and try to recreate a golden age that never existed.”
With suspicious timing, the government finally landed a free trade deal at the eleventh hour. Is it the freedom promised or has Boris Johnson negotiated Britain into a strait jacket and what will it mean for our future relationship with the EU?
Natalie Bennett offers her initial response to the news that a deal has been agreed with the EU. A deal that overlooks services, which represents 80 percent of our economy. A deal that highlights so much that we have lost.
Compare the European parliament with the UK parliament. The EU parliament has 705 members, all directly elected by the citizens of 27 European countries. The UK parliament, however, has two chambers – one with 650 elected members, and the other now with 837 unelected members.
Jane Thomas reviews the impact of the French blockade on UK ports, following the UK’s warning of a more virulent strain of Covid-19 now out of control in London and the South East.
Sarah Sonne from the Refugee Council, talks about her group’s efforts to champion the basic rights of asylum seekers in the UK. Working to provide food, legal aid, and basic support to those in the most need in the country.
Dr Stella Perrott outlines new changes to the asylum system which make it harder for those fleeing war to come to the country. The new system would look first if there was a “third country” which might accept asylum seekers, essentially gearing the system to send them elsewhere, in a cruel move likely to make lives harder for thousands.
Juliet Lodge looks at how the European Union is moving its docucmentation processes online with e-visas, and the challenges this presents. “So the new e-visa procedures illustrate the importance to successful policy implementation of ascertaining, anticipating and addressing potential concerns at the outset. “
This is a political dilemma striking much deeper than the details of fish, governance or a level playing field, and deeply rooted in the incoherent nature of the referendum mandate. Brexit was spawned by the internal politics of the Conservative Party. Its forthcoming temporary denouement will inevitably be dictated by these same internal politics as well.
Outsiders attempting to gain a cost advantage on the back of workers, consumers or the environment, or getting unfair subsidies, will get short shrift. Former MEP Richard Corbett explains why the EU’s position has remained unchanged throughout the Brexit process. It is the same position is takes with all potential trading partners.
Granville Williams looks at the assault on reality in both the UK and the US, and of the development of alternative media ecosystems for the far right. “The need for trusted, independent media to hold lying politicians to account has never been more urgent.”