Woodhouse Weekly Pick of the Papers: 5th-12th January 2014

Woodhouse Pick of the Papers (5/01/2014 – 12/01/2014)

Woodhouse’ weekly pick of the papers is devoted to keeping A level politics students up to date with the political news and on track with the Unit 1 and Unit 2 syllabus.

1.  Political Parties must be reformed: they are the best ways of delivering democracy.

source: The Guardian

Politics Topic: (Democracy and Participation)

Summary: Voters are engaged with issues that affect them and do want to get involved, but they are turned off by how politics is implemented in Parliament as well as the adversarial parliamentary style in the House of Lords. All of this has to change, writes the Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umuna.

Prime Minister's Questions, David Cameron, 2011

2. Miliband’s enemies’ don’t know what to make of him- the trouble is, neither his friends.

Source: The New Statesman

Politics topic: Party, Policies and Ideas

Summary: Miliband has split the Conservative opinion on him, whether he is dangerous to them or just outright ridiculous. Optimists write him off while pessimists respects him. But his own cabinet don’t know what goes through his mind and don’t know if he can connect with the public to win the next election.

3. If the Tories lose the next election, Clegg must leave with them.

Source: The New Statesmen

Politics topic: Party, Policies and Ideas

Summary: If the Tories do lose the next election in 2015, and the Liberals do swap sides with Labour, there must be a price to pay which they must pay otherwise it would offend the essential order of our democracy as Nick Clegg has become a ‘poodle’ to the Tories.

David Cameron and Nick Clegg visit Wandsworth Day Nursery on 19 March 2013

4. House of Lords warned not to ‘ignore the public’s wishes’ on EU referendum

Source: The Independent

Politics Topic: House of Lords

Summary: The House of Lords has been warned by Conservatives that if they block the bid to put a referendum into the public’s hand they would be in a difficult situation as a unelected chamber is not representative of the people’s voice .

5. Will social media change the way Scotland votes?

Source: BBC News Politics

Politics topic: Democracy/Referendum

Summary: Joe Twyman, director of political and social research at Yougov, believes the role of social media is “overplayed”, with most people still relying on television, radio and newspapers for information. In the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum, 16 and 17-year-olds will be allowed to participate in the vote.

Click to read more on study that suggests most 16/17 year olds would vote ‘no’

Kevin Augustine