Michael Gove, who was Conservative Education Secretary and Chief Whip in the Parliament just gone, was quizzed by Eddie Mair about former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s speech on 7 May.
John Major speaks to Andrew Marr on the European Union and UKIP
The debate political hacks were waiting for, Clegg Vs Farage on EU membership treated viewers and listeners to a spectacle generating more heat than light. Both sides were in combative mood. Farage playing the ‘I’m a real man’ act, not part of the ‘Westminster bubble’, ‘I feel the pain of ordinary hard-working people’. Whilst Clegg […]
The Conservatives plan to scrap the Human rights Act After World War Two the European Convention of Human Rights was created to prohibit any breach of our basic human rights. This was a convention signed by European countries, so in order for it to be enforced you had to take the long road to Strasbourg […]
Timeline of the UK’s constitutional changes The role of a constitution is to organise, distribute and regulate state power. By doing so, the constitution creates the structure of the state and sets out the principles of governing for the state’s citizens, whilst also outlining the role of government. Britain is unusual in that it has […]
Parliament Roundup – 13/01/14-19/01/14 Labour Speech This week, Labour leader Ed Miliband and his shadow ministers will make speeches for the electorate in order to announce Labour’s upcoming plans. The speeches are designed to broaden the debate away from spending and the deficit. Shadow Housing Minister Emma Reynolds made a speech on Tuesday reemphasising […]
Parliament Roundup: 4/12/13-11/12/13 MPs to receive 11% pay rise: Click for a video explanation IPSA(Independent Parliament Standards Authority) have recently proposed to provide MPs with a pay rise of 11% which will increase their salary to £74,000. They have stated that there will be changes to the pension scheme which will save tax payer 2.5 […]
UKIP, the UK Independence Party is a right-wing political party that was established in 1993. Their views are often seen as being more radical than the other political parties, like their immigration policies and proposed EU referendum. There is constant controversy surrounding UKIP due to its proposal of radical changes to immigration, such as implementing […]
Although under Blair there seemed to be some movement towards a closer relationship with Europe, taking Britain into the Social Chapter, taking a lead in the proposed constitution and engaging in discussions with the Europeans, there were still ‘red lines’ drawn by Brown regarding tax and other policies. Brown established the 5 criteria that had […]
Historically, the Conservatives were pro-EU taking us in, in 1973 and Labour was anti-EU under Foot seeing it as a ‘Capitalist club’. Since then, the tables have turned as the EU helped topple Thatcher and Major and unify Labour. However the differences between the party have typically been seen through rhetoric as opposed to action. […]
Today Programme: Friday 14th September An excellent report on the proposed merger between the British BAE Systems and EADS, a French and German company. This merger illustrates the tensions surrounding a strategically important company and Britain’s relationship with Europe and the US. Podcast: Play in new window | Download
Vince Cable on the “massive” impact of Eurozone break up – The World This Weekend, BBC Radio 4
The biggest news story of the weekend was the resurgence of left-wing politics in Europe. Okay, this is a slight over-exaggeration. I’m a bit too excited – I haven’t blogged in a while. But François Hollande’s victory in the first round of the presidential election in France is a huge boost to the waning left-wing politicians […]
Lost, under mounting pressure and insignificant compared to his continental neighbours.
Radio interview with Bernard Jenkin of the Conservatives on Radio 4 Today. Positive British attitudes towards Europe are at an all time low wi Tories attempting to place the EU on the government agenda. The rhetoric on both sides of the channel over the past few months has been undiplomatic to say the least. However […]