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Boris Johnson went to Eton, Jeremy Hunt went to Charterhouse and 43% of England’s cricket team were privately educated. Is it time to abolish private schools? Here’s more:
European leaders will meet today to try and salvage the Iran Nuclear Deal. The US pulled out in 2018. But what’s it all about, I hear you ask? Don’t say we don’t treat you:
Away from the headlines, there is a lot of anger brewing about something called the Loan Charge. Campaigners point to unfairness and the impossible strain people have been put under. Meanwhile, the Government say they’re just collecting money owed. Here’s what you need to know
We’re proud to announce that Tatton Spiller, our founder, has written a book published by independent publishers, Elliot & Thompson. The Breakdown: Making Sense of Politics in a Messed Up World is a smart, entertaining handbook showing how we can understand – and feel better about – modern politics.
This is a fairly complicated process to get your heads around. But with the possibility of an election around the corner, Labour MPs have had to notify the NEC whether they intend to stand or not in the next election. It’s possible that more will be deselected:
Ex-PM, Gordon Brown, is due to give a speech in an hour at Hampstead synagogue in which he will call for all antisemites to be immediately expelled from the Labour Party, pushing for the policy to be changed at the Autumn Conference. He is also calling for an independent appeals process.⠀ ⠀ What is antisemitism? Here’s more:
While the Conservative leadership contest is taking place, we’re also seeing the Lib Dems having a change of leader:
Sin Tax Chat! What is a sin tax and why are we talking about it? Today it’s Boris Johnson vs Cancer Research UK.
| The G20 is taking place in Japan this weekend. But what is the G20? Here’s what you need to know:
Matt Hancock gave an update this afternoon in the Commons about the NHS Long Term Plan - a 10 year plan from the NHS. This is what it’s all about. It’s worth bearing in mind that it is subject to approval in a government spending review:
| Conservative leadership candidates have spoken at One-Nation hustings. But what even is One Nation Conservatism? ⠀ ⠀ Here’s what you need to know:
The Scottish Parliament and the Houses of Parliament have declared a climate emergency. But what is climate change?
Part of Parliament’s role is to scrutinise government activity to ensure that the government is doing what it said it would do. Here’s more:
Huge protests are taking place in Hong Kong against an extradition bill. What does this mean, though?
We’re having a new PM. But with a new PM can we have a general election?
We’re getting a new PM, a person who will suddenly have a new bunch of powers. Why can’t we have a general election?
The Sudanese people are trying to get democratic control of their country. The President has been overthrown and now the military has taken control. Sudan has been suspended from the African Union.
Some Conservative leadership candidates are toying with the idea of suspending Parliament in order to ensure the UK leaves the EU on 31st October with no-deal - the legal default.
Yesterday the BBC announced it would be scrapping the over-75s TV licence scheme. We gave you an update but not the whole story. Here’s more on the controversial decision:
| In one of Theresa May’s final speeches of her premiership, she came out in support of a new report which supports a decrease in tuition fees and a reintroduction of maintenance grants. Here’s more:
| Theresa May will formally resign on 7th June. The UK will have a new PM within the next few months. Here’s what you need to know about what happens next:
On 23rd July, we will get a new Prime Minister. But here are some things to keep in mind:
The issue of Universal Credit pops up all the time in Parliament. But what is Universal Credit (UC)?
| Some of the finer details of Brexit being discussed in the Commons right now. Labour’s Angela Rayner asks a question to the govt on its plans to scrap home fees for EU students from 2020/21 :
For those interested in following a different debate - here’s the debate surrounding medicinal cannabis. Do you think doctors should prescribe THC products?
Our simple summary of the Budget 2018
Part of our series on smaller and lesser-known political parties: here is an introduction to Christian Peoples Alliance
What does the outcome of the EU referendum mean for Scotland?
The IMF argued Brexit could add two years to Austerity: here is what both sides have said about the impact Brexit will have on the economy
Our simple guide to the new Prime Minister
The Supreme Court has made its decision and ruled that the government must consult parliament before triggering Article 50. Here’s a quick reminder of the debate that led to the issue being taken to court in the first place
Our simple guide to understanding Populism
Part of our series on smaller and lesser-known political parties: here is an introduction to the National Health Action Party
Our simple guide to understanding Neoliberalism
Our simple guide to the role played by a citizen within a democracy
Our simple guide to the Higher Education and Research bill
The deal Theresa May wants: a summary
Our simple guide to the recent debate over Theresa May’s plans to reintroduce Grammar Schools
Our guide to who’s in and who’s out of May’s cabinet
Our simple guide to understanding Fascism
Our simple guide to English devolution: what is it and how does it work?
Our simple guide to the debate over the privatisation of the NHS
Part of our series on smaller and lesser-known political parties: here is an introduction to the Socialist Labour Party
Our simple guide to the Leader of the Opposition
Part of our series on smaller and lesser-known political parties: here is an introduction to the Animal Welfare Party
Our simple guide to the Scottish Government’s 2016-2017 programme
Our simple guide to the Policing and Crime bill
Our simple guide to both sides of the debate on whether or not sex education should be made compulsory in schools
Our simple guide to the Local Government Finance bill
Part of our series on smaller and lesser-known political parties: here is an introduction to Britain First
Our simple guide to the Welsh Programme for Government 2016-2017
Our simple summary of Donald Trump’s journey: from announcing his intention to run to becoming the 45th President of the United States of America
Our most up to date brexit briefing
Part of our series on smaller and lesser-known political parties: here is an introduction to the Pirate Party
What is the Supreme Court?
A simple guide to the debate about the future of nuclear power
A brief summary of critics’ reactions to the Brexit speech
Our simple guide to TTIP and the debate surrounding it
Part of our series on smaller and lesser-known political parties: here is an introduction to the Women’s Equality Party
Our guide to the make-up and role of the House of Lords
Our simple guide to the current political crisis emerging in Northern Ireland
The Supreme Court has rejected the government’s claim that parliament does not need to be consulted before Article 50 is triggered. But what exactly was behind the government’s stance?
Our simple guide to the role of the Foreign Secretary
What is a points-based immigration system and what is May’s view on it?
Our guide to some of the most popular voting systems
Our guide to the most recent developments concerning the HS2 proposals
Our simple guide to the British Red Cross’ statement about the state of the NHS and the government’s response
A simple guide to ‘JAMs’ (Just About Managings)
Part of our series on smaller and lesser-known political parties: here is an introduction to the Liberal Party
Part of our series on smaller and lesser-known political parties: here is an introduction to the Whig Party
Our simple guide to urgent questions in parliament
Our simple guide to the Commonwealth Development Corporation bill
Part of our series on smaller and lesser-known political parties: here is an introduction to the Trade Union and Socialist Coalition
Our simple guide to the Finance bill
Part of our series on smaller and lesser-known political parties: here is an introduction to the Cannabis is Safer Than Alcohol Party
The Supreme Court has decided that Parliament must vote on whether the government can trigger the Brexit Process.
Part of our series on smaller and lesser-known political parties: here is an introduction to the Monster Raving Loony Party
Our simple guide to the notion of ‘Shared Society’
A handy guide to some of the terms being used in discussions about Brexit
A simple guide to Theresa May’s plan for Brexit.
A one stop shop for everything you need to know about Brexit and the aftermath.
At the time of writing, 4 million people have signed a petition asking for a second EU referendum. Here, we look at the possibility.
A brief look at the options - can Scotland stay in the EU?
| A guide to what Article 50 is and if Article 50 will be signed. Or when it will be signed. Time will tell which! In order for us to officially leave the EU this Article must be triggered.
Does Parliament need to agree to trigger Article 50?
Alternative trade options now that we’ve voted to leave the EU
A handy guide to who is coming to the UK, why they come and what they are entitled to once they are here.
A brief guide to the reasons we should stay in the EU. All arguments from Britain Stronger In Europe.
From the horse’s mouth! A really clear guide to how to go about contacting your MP about an issue.
A brief summary and guide to the reasons why we should leave the referendum. All arguments come from Vote Leave.
A one stop shop guide to what’s going on with the EU referendum.
A flow chart to show how laws are made in the European Union
A comic book guide to the Institutions of the EU. Includes: European Commission, EU Parliament, Council of the EU, European Council ,Courts of Justice of the EU, European Central Bank & Court of Auditors.
A brief guide to arguments for and against staying in the EU
The Maastricht Treaty created the European Union that we know today. Before it, there was the EEC - a group of European nations who sold things to each other. After, there was a group of countries who shared, laws, borders and even currency.
A very short introduction to the world of Capitalism
A guide to what a police and crime commissioner does.
A brief guide to the current changes in Education
A 2 minute guide to some of the concepts behind conservatism.
A short video explaining the basics of Socialism
A brief and jargon free guide to the basics of liberalism
An infographic explaining the basics behind the Trade Union Bill
A short video explaining the concept of the free market.
The lowdown on Prime Minister’s Questions.
A really useful write-up of the Bills laid out by the Queen on her annual visit to Parliament. The speech is written by the Prime Minister and their team. They set out the main changes that they want to make in the first year of office.
A brief explanation about the different levels of government in the UK.