Almost two weeks on from the 52% vote for the UK to leave the European Union, it is still unclear whether Brexit will be a political reality, or if so, what form it will take. But in a fortnight of multiple high-profile news stories, there are already many lessons that we can take from the result.
I got thinking today about why so many people – including friends, family and public figures who normally have my respect – have bought into the narrative that refugees need to be relabelled as ‘migrants’, scrutinised, suspected, categorised according to age and gender, dismissed as frauds for owning smartphones … anything, really, apart from helped.
This episode of BBCQT came from Manchester, with panelists Matthew Hancock MP (Conservative), ex-mayor of London Ken Livingstone (Labour), Peter Wishart MP (SNP), Kate Andrews from the Adam Smith institute and comedian Matt Forde.
Q1: Will bombing ISIS really make us any safer?
The first BBCQT of the Parliamentary season was held in Wembley, with a panel comprised of comedian and writer Sandi Toksvig, Liz Truss MP (Conservative), John McDonnell MP (Labour), Alex Salmond MP (SNP) and Daily Telegraph columnist Tim Stanley.
Jeremy Corbyn has had an incredibly busy few days. On Saturday he was elected as Labour leader in a landslide victory, securing 59% of the votes in the very first round. Sunday and Monday were spent appointing his Shadow Cabinet and addressing the TUC conference in Brighton. And yesterday Parliament approved £4.4bn in tax credit cuts at the second reading stage, but this was overshadowed by the fact that when Corbyn attended a service commemorating the Battle of Britain, he stood silent instead of singing the national anthem.
Today saw another very public test in the form of Prime Minister’s Questions. PMQs often turns into a braying contest between government and opposition benches, but it is nevertheless a weekly opportunity for MPs to hold the Prime Minister to account. As leader of the opposition, Corbyn is entitled to put six questions to Cameron during the half-hour session. So what, if anything, can we learn from this first clash between the two party leaders?