News and Opinion From a Team of Young People

Category archive

UK - page 4

BrExit: Winners and Losers

in EU Referendum/UK by

So, now what? The political landscape has been changed significantly by Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, so who has paid the price and who has profited from the result? Winners Nigel Farage He is the real winner here. Not only has he achieved his lifelong ambition but he remains a political outsider, meaning that he is unaccountable for the negotiation process. As demonstrated by his appearance on GMB on the 24th June, he is also free to criticise Vote Leave’s campaign, having supported Arron Banks’ Leave.EU and appearing at Grassroots Out events. There is nothing that this country can offer the Polish government that would convince them to abandon free movement of people, it would be too politically toxic for their government: the…

Keep Reading

Sacrificing the NHS for the Greater Good

in UK by

Today the NHS celebrates its 68th Birthday. The NHS or National Health Service was formed in 1948 to provide healthcare free to all UK citizens. The original principles where that it was to be financed from central taxation, care was entirely free at the point of use and that everyone was eligible for care, even those with temporary residence in the UK or visiting the country. When the NHS was launched it was originally given a budget of £437 million (£15 billion at today’s value.) Whereas in 2016 the overall NHS budget is £116.4 billion. Moreover, in the last 20 years the budget has increased by roughly 96%, and is now 20% of the governments spending per year. Therefore, the question must be asked, at…

Keep Reading

What is the Future of UKIP?

in EU Referendum/UK by

UKIP, a party that in recent years has become a powerful force for Eurosceptics to challenge the establishment. After rising to victory in the 2014 European elections, it was clear that UKIP had made an EU referendum inevitable. This had given Farage a soapbox from which to espouse his views and give a voice to the supposed “silent majority” who felt aggrieved by the EU, but also by the rising xenophobic sentiment. There is speculation surrounding the future of UKIP and what route the party will take now that the public has arbitrated on what it thinks of the EU establishment. Although Farage’s Grassroots Out lost the bid to lead the BrExit campaign, an issue which created friction between him, Suzanne Evans and Douglas Carswell, Farage…

Keep Reading

Who’s Resigned From the Shadow Cabinet and Why Does It Matter?

in UK by

The Labour Party is facing a rebellion at the heart of parliament, with a series of high profile resignations sending the party into turmoil. But what does it all mean? Since 23 MPs have now left the Shadow Cabinet, at the time of writing (the remaining members of the original Shadow Cabinet are Jeremy Corbyn, Tom Watson, Rosie Winterton, John McDonnell, Andy Burnham, Emily Thornberry, Jon Trickett and Diane Abbott), not all of the Shadow Cabinet members who have left will be listed below – however the most important will be detailed. Hilary Benn Hilary Benn was sacked by Corbyn after Benn told Corbyn that he had no confidence in his leadership. He fundamentally disagreed with Corbyn on foreign policy and had voted to authorise bombing…

Keep Reading

Football and the Law: Are the SNP Criminalising Football Fans?

in UK by

In 2012, Scottish Parliament hurried through the Offensive Behavior at Football Act as a knee-jerk reaction to the so-called ‘Shame Game, a particularly toxic derby between Celtic and Rangers in which 34 arrests were made. Since the bill’s conception it has faced fierce opposition from within Holyrood and from football fans themselves. A history of migration between the west of Scotland and Ulster has meant that Glasgow has the sectarian undertones of Belfast with less frequent outbreaks of violence. Without going off on a tangent about the nature of the political and social landscape of Glasgow and Ireland, it is important to understand the volatile relationship between republicanism and unionism in modern Scotland. The bill set out with the aim of eradicating sectarianism from Scottish…

Keep Reading

Europe Just Outplayed Us on an Astronomic Scale

in EU Referendum/Europe/World by

As a believer in the creation of a federal Europe you may expect me to be disappointed with the result of the referendum. On the contrary however, I am really quite pleased – and impressed. Many heralded yesterday’s Brexit vote as the death knell of the European project; the end of the 50 year attempt to unite the continent after 30 years of war. It was assumed that with Britain’s departure, other states would follow and the EU would collapse. Of course, this is a distinct possibility, but if Europe can weather the current storm (and from the looks of things, it can), then Brexit might just have been exactly what the European Project needed to finish the job. Since it joined in 1973, Britain…

Keep Reading

BrExit: A Frenchman and a German

in EU Referendum/UK by

In 2014, a Frenchman, President Francois Hollande and a German, President Joachim Gauck stood side by side, hand in hand, to commemorate the sacrifice their countrymen made in two wars that ripped apart their continent. They met on the side of a mountain at Hartmannswillerkopf, an area overlooking the Rhineland, that saw some of the worst fighting of World War One. The soldiers called it ‘The Man Eater’. 99 years after the battle ended, the leaders of these two great nations united to remember. In moments like this it is hard not to feel emotional and somewhat proud of humanity; Europe’s darkest days have always been followed by its finest hour. I am a Bolton Wanderers fan, a flautist and a Briton but I have…

Keep Reading

Life imitates art: Leadership challenges in Israel and the UK

in Middle East/UK/World by

A few months ago, -in a move eerily similar to a certain Conservative politician in the UK- the defence minister of Israel, Moshe Ya’alon resigned. At the time he cited: ‘difficult disagreements on professional and moral matters’, and made no secret of his intention to stand for office in the future. This week the moment of truth finally came, with Ya’alon making his first pitch to the people of Israel. One of the issues he highlighted was that Israel’s current government is using scaremongering tactics to maintain control by terrifying Israelis with fears of external enemies. Ya’alon stated his belief that Israel is the strongest country in the region, and it’s people should not be living in fear. He also stated that he would attempt…

Keep Reading

Federal Europe: Dream or Nightmare?

in EU Referendum/Europe/World by

With the UK’s EU referendum fast approaching, I don’t doubt that most people are sick and tired of the constant back and forth between the two sides. However the reason that this referendum is dominating the headlines is because of how important it is – for the future of the UK and the world. This decision will shape the future of international politics for centuries to come, for better or for worse. In this article I’m going to focus on one particular aspect of EU that has been mentioned but never really addressed; because one side is afraid to mention it and the other doesn’t understand it. Imagine the scene; you’re sitting at home watching the news. A typical pro-Brexit politician is droning on about…

Keep Reading

Go to Top