A2 Global Politics Podcast with Theo, Alfie, Lola and Nagina discussing the the Realist school of international relations. http://alevelpolitics.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Realism71015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS
The President of the European Court of Human Rights, Dean Spielmann, has told the British government it would be difficult for Britain to remain in the EU if it were to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights. His warning follows criticism of the court by some British judges, who say its rulings are making rather than interpreting the law. But Judge Spielmann told the Today programme’s Mike Thomson that even the highest British courts must take account of European judgements; failure to do so might require withdrawal from the Council of Europe, the continent’s leading human rights organisation, and put at risk Britain’s EU membership.
The former home secretary David Blunkett and writer WIll Self discuss cynicism and apathy towards politics.
BBC Radio 4 Today discussion on TPims – the Coalition replacement to control orders The usefulness of restrictions put on terror suspects by the home secretary may be “withering on the vine”, a group of MPs and peers has warned. They said the next government in 2015 must “urgently address” the role and effectiveness of Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (TPims). David Anderson, the independent reviewer of terror legislation, discusses.
From Channel 4 News From the Today Programme listen to ‘Derby fire deaths: Were benefits to blame?’ on Audioboo Some commentators have said Philpott’s lifestyle illustrates “all that is wrong” with the benefits system. When asked if the Philpotts were a product of Britain’s benefit system, Mr Osborne said: “It’s right we ask questions as a government, a society and as taxpayers, why we are subsidising lifestyles like these. “It does need to be handled.” He said Philpott “was responsible for horrendous crimes, crimes which have shocked the nation”. His comments came amid pressure from the Tory Right to restrict child benefit to two children per household. Former Conservative leadership challenger David Davis told The Times: “I don’t think it is a good idea to make policy on the back of one story. But there is a strong argument to restrict child benefit whether it is to two, three, or four children.” Government figures show that the vast majority of the 7.9m families claiming child benefits have just one or two children – …
Radio 4 Today discusses the government u-turn over GCSE changes and speaks to an ex-government education minister listen to ‘'GCSE grading needs to be rigorous'’ on Audioboo See also Today programme explanation of what is changing
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. http://alevelpolitics.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Today-Prog-BAE1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS
Speaker(s): Dr Zack Cooper, Paul Corrigan, Frank Dobson MP, Alastair McLellan, Zoe Williams Chair: Professor Simon Hix Good for a 15 mark question.
Vince Cable on the “massive” impact of Eurozone break up – The World This Weekend, BBC Radio 4
Francois Hollande’s victory in the first round of the French presidential elections and the collapse of the Dutch government have put the stability of the eurozone into question. Former chancellor Alistair Darling, gives his thoughts on the potential implications for the eurozone.
This week’s appearances in front of the Leveson Inquiry into press standards of James and Rupert Murdoch has ruffled a number of political feathers. Former home secretary Lord Howard and former deputy prime minister Lord Prescott, discuss what proceedings tell us about the relationship between the press and politicians.
R4 Today: The Chancellor has told the Today programme that pensioners are better off after this budget, saying that they are going to get “the largest increase in the basic state pension ever”.