The possible return of Shamima Begum to the UK is clearly causing some concern in the British media. The Daily Express says that “Shamima Begum is a danger to the UK she clearly hates”, a quote from this article says “Begum says she is no longer the ‘silly little 15-year-old girl’ who allowed herself to be groomed by Islamist militants four years ago. Indeed, she is not”. It goes on, without making any substantive allegation, to say that she is a danger.
The whole debate
raises a lot of questions. Is her age relevant? What crime has she committed? Was
she radicalized? What was the role of the internet in her radicalisation?
There is a move to use Royal Prerogative to move forward the Brexit agenda. Some believe that this is fair, others that it flies in the face of democracy. The Oxford English Dictionary defines democracy as “A system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives”.
The text of the now famous Amber Rudd speech to the 2016 Conservative Party Conference in which she sets out plans to make landlords in the border force, a crackdown on student immigration and gives an admission that Nick Clegg and Vince Cable held Theresa May back.
Imagine a world in which a major financial crisis, essentially a credit crunch causing the collapse of major banks and the stock market, had occurred seven or eight years before. Consider that the result of that financial crash was worldwide austerity and enormous poverty. (more…)
Home ownership is in the news again. It is at its lowest since the last Conservative government. Can you afford your own house? I don’t mean can you afford any house. I mean can you, with your current income, afford the house in which you currently live?
It is worth considering how the Labour Party got into this mess.
Ed Milliband stood down as leader of the Labour Party following the 2015 General Election. He did this mainly because the Conservatives had won an overall majority. This was to the surprise of everyone including the Conservatives, although they won’t admit it now. As a result, the Labour Party held an election as set out in the Labour Party rulebook. (more…)