Saturday, 28 September 2013
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This week we have the UKIP conference and Labour party annual conference.
The UKIP conference was interesting since they held it in Westminister yet Farage says westminster politicians are out of touch with the public. Farage in his speech said that UKIP have grown up over the last year but then one of the MEPs, Bloom, at a women-in-politics fringe event said that this room was ‘full of sluts.’ Bloom was then asked my a Journalist why there was no coloured people on the front cover of the UKIP brochure, he responded by hitting the Journalist!
We should remember - that a party is a team not just one individual!
See the full video here:
It is worth mentioning that UKIP although seem to have strict plans for immigration but are they achievable? Now although I agree illegal immigration needs to be tackled, I also believe that Britain's moral of allowing those who wish to work, and work hard, should be allowed into this country. UKIP have good ideas and know how to talk about issues that are emotive to the public - but are they good for Britain? What do they really stand for and how would they deliver such policies?
Also, it should be asked: what are their policies on education, schools, women, equality, NHS and more!
Labour party conference
The Labour party conference was very intriguing as Labour actually announced some policies and I think The Now Show on Radio 4 put it the best -- ‘one was illegal, one disappeared overnight and one wiped a billion pounds off the stock market.’
Labour suggested that any company wanting to hire a foreign worker then they would also have to employ a UK apprentice, but under EU law, this is illegal.
Ed Miliband announced that if he is elected Prime Minister in 2015 then he would freeze gas and electric bill prices until 2017 but what he did not explain is that before an election companies hike up their tariffs and costs so would he freeze them at that rate or lower them first? Many people started selling their shares in the gas and electric companies because if they can’t make profit as a company then why would individuals invest in them -- hence the billion pounds loss in the stock markets. For views on this see BBC News - Pros and cons of Ed Miliband's energy price freeze plan http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24276762
The catch-phrase for Miliband's speech was ‘we are better than this’ but he didn’t say how. Miliband spoke a lot about how the Government is ‘racing to the bottom’ instead of the top but did not give any suggestions on how we reach the top. He did not once in his speech talk about schools, education, social mobility and the next generation.
Next weeks blog: A detailed blog of the Conservative Party Conference with photos, personal experience, and more!
Tuesday, 24 September 2013
Sunday, 22 September 2013
Furthering on from the Your Britain Your Say initiative each week I'll be posting the highlights of the main political stories from the week and how if affects us and/or what questions are left to be answered.
Green party and Liberal Democrats annual conference
This week was the start of conference season. It was kicked off with the Green party conference last weekend where Caroline Lucas said that the Green party was the only credible alternative to mainstream parties.
The Liberal Democrats came out with their theme of ‘we are able to Govern’ and ‘we’ve stopped the cycle of blue and red.’ Throughout the week, Liberal Democrats had a change to discuss topics and vote on motions such as race diversity, disability accessibility, have BSL (British Sign Language) as a main language, Trident and many more to give their views on what should or shouldn’t be included in the 2015 manifesto. Of course, the highlight of the week was Nick Clegg's speech. A lot of journalists described it as ‘statesman like’ which they said was a change as now the Liberals sounded credible having served in Government and were able to make realistic plans for the future of their party. Nick Clegg's speech lasted 52 minutes where he highlighted the achievements of the Liberal Democrats in Government. An analysis of his speech was done by the Times Newspaper
This weekend we see UKIPs conference and on Sunday, Labours party conference begins. An analysis of these will be feature in next weeks write up.
A controversial issue hit the papers this week after a Judge asked a Muslim lady to remove her burka (veil) in court so that the court could identify her and see her face when being questioned. This led to the Judge asking Parliament to rule on this and whether it is right or wrong for him to have asked for this.
We then hear that a college in Birmingham has banned a student from wearing the Burka in lectures as it disrupts other students learning especially in group work situations and creates a barrier between lecturers and students.
Soon NHS doctors and nurses were spoken about and whether it was appropriate to wear a Burka in those situations.
Many politicians, including the Prime Minister, have responded to this issue but saying ‘each school and workplace has the right to enforce their own uniform policies’ meaning they are entitled to ask women to remove the burka should they see that it is not appropriate in their work environment.
There has been a first reading in the House of Commons of a ‘face covering bill.’ The second reading is to take place in February 2014. The bill can be read here.
Free School Meals
The Liberal Democrat announced a policy which the Government will be putting into place. They will offer free school meals to all 5, 6 and 7 year old in Primary School. This means that in a time of austerity, the Government needs to find £600m.
There have been many discussions on this topic such as:
‘should it not be the parents responsibility to ensure the child eats the right food and is fed well’
‘does this not take away a parent’s choice’
‘why not offer it to all primary school children’
‘it’s a good scheme as many who are entitled to free school meals don’t claim and struggle’
Other viewpoints on free school meals is available on the BBC website here.
Scottish independence referendum date released
Scotland’s first Minister, Alex Salmond has released the date for the Scottish referendum on whether Scotland should be independent from Britain. The date is 18 September 2014.
Prime Minister David Cameron wants Scotland to stay apart of the United Kingdom.
Sunday, 8 September 2013
Philip Davies MP Interview - speaks about halal meat, international aid and why he voted against intervention in Syria
Philip Davies MP speaks about international aid and his views on changes that are needed
Philip Davies MP talks about why he is a Conservative and why he voted against intervention in Syria
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