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Brexit, Briefly

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Brexit: Five challenges for the UK when leaving the EU

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

The campaign to leave the European Union has won the referendum. It means the UK is now committed to withdrawing from the group of 28 countries, a process that has come to be known as Brexit. What does this mean for the UK and EU?

BBC Parliament Year-End Review

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

BBC Parliament TV looked back at some major events in the British Parliament since September 2015 in their program “Westminster in Review” hosted by Keith Mcdougall.?Topics included:

  • the debate on the United Kingdom’s future membership in the European Union (EU)
  • combating ISIS* in Syria
  • the election of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.
  • the use of a robot in Parliament and debate on the hedgehog being a national symbol.

Video compilation of the Parliament’s last quarter of 2015

Election 2015 – Why The Conservatives Won

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

24 things that Jeremy Corbyn believes

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn is the new leader of the Labour party. What are his beliefs?

1. The deficit should be tackled – but not through spending cuts and not to an “arbitrary” deadline. Instead Corbyn would fund its reduction via higher taxes for the rich and a crackdown on tax avoidance and evasion while tackling “corporate welfare” and tax breaks for companies.

2. Britain’s railways should be renationalised. He is also opposed to the HS2 rail scheme, saying it would turn northern cities into “dormitories for London businesses”

Read on from the BBC

Labour promises to renationalise English railways

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

The Labour conference has formally committed itself to the renationalisation of the English rail network as it pledged to oppose another round of “unneeded, unwanted and ill-thought-through privatisation”.

In a significant boost for the party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, who has suffered a series of setbacks over the EU and Trident, Labour’s national executive committee agreed a statement that paves the way for the rolling renationalisation of the rail network.

Government may privatise Channel 4

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

The government has inadvertently provided further evidence that it is looking at privatising Channel 4, after an official was photographed entering Downing Street with a document setting out options for a sell-off.

After months of ministerial obfuscation on whether the sale of the state-owned, commercially funded broadcaster was being considered, the document reveals that proposals have already been drawn up in a bid to raise an estimated £1bn for Treasury coffers.


UK General Election 2015

Friday, October 16th, 2015

The BBC coverage of the election and results

A collection of coverage from the Economist 

StatWonk Nate Silver’s 538 coverage 

Anne Applebaum offers this jeremiad in response to the election results

UK General Election Assignment

Write an 800-1200 word (1.5 – 2 page), single-spaced, thesis driven essay due in response to the following questions:

  • Describe: What happened in the May 7 general election and why?
  • Analyze: What stands out as particularly interesting or anomalous in the election results?
  • Evaluate: What do the results mean for the UK? What challenges might ensue from coalition rule?

Use the articles given. You may also do your own research. Properlycite your essay using parenthetical citation. You do not need a works cited page.

You will present and defend your essay in class. I look forward to it.

The Race for Labour Leadership

Sunday, August 16th, 2015
  • Who are the candidates? Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper, Jeremy Corbyn, Liz Kendall

Liz Kendall, Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Jeremy Corbyn

  • Dates: Ballot papers were sent out on 14 August; voting can take place by post or online. They must be returned by 10 September. The result is on 12 September
  • Who can vote? All party members, registered supporters and affiliated supporters – including those joining via a union
  • What is the voting system? The Alternative Vote system is being used so voters are asked to rank candidates in order of preference
  • How does it work? If no candidate gets 50% of all votes cast, the candidate in fourth place is eliminated. Their second preference votes are then redistributed among the remaining three. If there is still no winner, the third place candidate is eliminated with their second preferences (or third in the case of votes transferred from the fourth place candidates) redistributed. It is then a head-to-head between the last two candidates

UK 2015 Election Analysis from Across the Pond

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

June Thomas, a Brit living in D.C., offers her insight into the meaning of the 2015 General Election.