When I started this blog in 2014, it was because I was feeling apathetic about UK politics but didn’t want to disengage from it completely. Writing about politics was my way of ensuring I would continue to pay attention to news and current affairs, so that I’d at least go out to the polling station on an election day of uninspiring choices.
In May 2015, the party manifesto and national agenda that appealed to me most was that of the Liberal Democrats, but the local candidate who appealed to me most was from the Greens and my constituency was in a Labour-Conservative marginal. With one vote, it was impossible for me to express who I wanted to be Prime Minister, who I wanted to be my local MP and which party’s manifesto I would like to see become law.
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.
The date for the EU referendum has not yet been set, but the Leave and Remain campaigns are well and truly underway. The problem is that so far, mainstream media coverage and aspects of the campaigns themselves have wavered between being misleading and lacklustre. So, here are ten of my reasons for voting to stay in.
This episode of BBCQT came from Leicester, with panelists Priti Patel MP (Conservative), Tim Farron MP (Liberal Democrat), Stewart Hosie MP (SNP), Lisa Nandy MP (Labour) and columnist Melanie Phillips (The Times).
Quesrtion 1: Is Theresa May right? Does immigration at its current level make a cohesive society impossible? Read More »