Woodhouse Weekly Pick of the Papers (4/11/13-10/11/13)

Pick of the Papers (4/11/13-10/11/13)

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.  Ed Miliband’s momentum confronts Cameron with a sharp dilemma

Ed Miliband's popularity rating is rising

Source: The Guardian

Politics topic: Elections

Summary: Labour is frustrated by Conservative stalling over agreeing to the general election TV debates between the leaders, Miliband has a “boost in ratings” and “most people, including Mr Miliband, mainly attribute this to the impact of his pledge to freeze energy bills”. 80% of voters “favour the energy price freeze but only half as many think he could actually deliver it”.

ALevelPolitics help: Read the energy bill crisis article on Cameron’s dilemma

2.  Ignore Russell Brand: Vote and make MPs notice you, says think tank

Source: The Independent

Politics topic: Democracy and Participation

Summary: Parties will change their economic decisions and policies to people who actually vote, not people who do not vote. Turnout has fallen among the young and the least affluent and “The cuts have disproportionately affected the young and the poor – precisely those groups that vote with least frequency,” says the report. “More worryingly, unequal turnout unleashes a vicious cycle of disaffection and under-representation among those groups. This downward spiral risks permanently excluding these citizens from electoral life… and thus threatens a central claim of democracy: that every citizen’s preference, no matter their status, should count equally.”

ALevelPolitics help: Read the Russell Brand Vs Jeremy Paxman article on the comedian/actor’s view on voting, apathy and indifference

3.  Has UKIP’s Nigel Farage finally grown up?

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Source: The Independent

Politics topic: Party policies and ideas/Elections

Summary: UKIP, considered one of the smaller parties are on the “cusp of a national breakthrough” and are edging ahead of the Liberal Democrats in the polls. Farage’s main problems are the “squabbling” that is occurring within the party and the response to his policy on immigration.

ALevelPolitics help: Read the UKIP article on policies and elections

4.  Second witness stands by Unite vote-rigging claim: Decision piles more pressure on Miliband to reopen inquiry into the scandal

Ed Miliband, pictured in Edinburgh yesterday, is under increasing pressure to reopen an inquiry into Unite vote-rigging claims

Source: The Daily Mail

Politics topic: Party policies and ideas/Judges and Civil Liberties

Summary: The mess in the Unite vote-rigging scandal puts more pressure on the Labour leader to start an inquiry into it. Conservative MP Priti Patel said the tactics of the union were unacceptable and asked detectives in Hampshire and Scotland to investigate whether they had been in breach of the law.

 

5.  Legalising same sex marriage was “damaging” for Tories 

Philip Hammond

Source: The Telegraph

Politics topic: Party policies and ideas

Summary: Philip Hammond says the legislation of the same-sex message was “damaging” for the Conservative party because “it created a perception that the leadership was in a different place to the core of the party’s active supporters”. Hammond also believes that it was “pushed through too quickly” and that on a separate matter the party needs to continue in reforming its agenda (Education and Welfare state).

6. Nick Clegg is playing to his most loyal voters – the green middle-class 

Pressure is growing for Nick Clegg, the Deputy PM, to show that he believes in more than just stopping other parties doing things

Source: The Telegraph

Politics Topic: Party policies and ideas

Summary: Clegg has been tailoring his speeches to the most loyal of his voters and “pressure is growing for the Deputy PM to show that he believes in more than just stopping other parties doing things”. Clegg states he would not allow the Coalition to take its “foot off the pedal now” on cutting carbon emissions and The Lib Dem party are trying to be seen as capable of improving any government but one that shouldn’t be taken alone, therefore, supporting a future coalition.

 Kevin Augustine