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October 16th, 2019

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July 17th, 2019

Should we abolish private schools?

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:

July 15th, 2019

What is the Iran Nuclear Deal?

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:

July 15th, 2019

What is the Loan Charge?

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

July 10th, 2019

The Breakdown: Making Sense of Politics in a Messed Up World

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.

July 8th, 2019

What is Labour’s general election reselection process?

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:

July 7th, 2019

What is antisemitism?

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:

July 5th, 2019

The Lib Dem leadership contest

While the Conservative leadership contest is taking place, we’re also seeing the Lib Dems having a change of leader:

July 3rd, 2019

What is a sin tax?

Sin Tax Chat! What is a sin tax and why are we talking about it? Today it’s Boris Johnson vs Cancer Research UK.

July 2nd, 2019

What is the G20?

| The G20 is taking place in Japan this weekend. But what is the G20? Here’s what you need to know:

July 1st, 2019

NHS Long Term Plan

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:

June 27th, 2019

What is One-Nation Conservatism?

| Conservative leadership candidates have spoken at One-Nation hustings. But what even is One Nation Conservatism? ⠀ ⠀ Here’s what you need to know:

June 27th, 2019

What is climate change?

The Scottish Parliament and the Houses of Parliament have declared a climate emergency. But what is climate change?

June 27th, 2019

How does Parliament scrutinise the government and keep it in check?

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:

June 21st, 2019

What is happening in Hong Kong?

Huge protests are taking place in Hong Kong against an extradition bill. What does this mean, though?

June 20th, 2019

Do we now have any chance of having a general election?

We’re having a new PM. But with a new PM can we have a general election?

June 19th, 2019

If we’re having a new PM, why can’t 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?

June 13th, 2019

What is happening in Sudan?

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.

June 12th, 2019

Will a new PM force a no-deal Brexit?

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.

June 11th, 2019

What’s happening with the BBC TV licence?

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:

May 30th, 2019

Theresa May to support reduction in tuition fees and reintroduction of the maintenance grant.

| 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:

May 24th, 2019

Theresa May is resigning. What happens now?

| 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:

May 24th, 2019

Theresa May will resign. Things to keep in mind.

On 23rd July, we will get a new Prime Minister. But here are some things to keep in mind:

May 7th, 2019

Why do we keep talking about Universal Credit?

The issue of Universal Credit pops up all the time in Parliament. But what is Universal Credit (UC)?

April 29th, 2019

Tuition fee rises for EU students

| 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 :

April 8th, 2019

The debate around medicinal cannabis.

For those interested in following a different debate - here’s the debate surrounding medicinal cannabis. Do you think doctors should prescribe THC products?

November 30th, 2018

Budget 2018

Our simple summary of the Budget 2018

January 25th, 2017

Christian Peoples Alliance

Part of our series on smaller and lesser-known political parties: here is an introduction to Christian Peoples Alliance

January 25th, 2017

Brexit and Scotland

What does the outcome of the EU referendum mean for Scotland?

January 25th, 2017

Brexit and Austerity?

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

January 25th, 2017

What do we know about Theresa May?

Our simple guide to the new Prime Minister

January 25th, 2017

The debate over triggering Article 50

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

January 25th, 2017

What is Populism?

Our simple guide to understanding Populism

January 25th, 2017

National Health Action Party

Part of our series on smaller and lesser-known political parties: here is an introduction to the National Health Action Party

January 25th, 2017

What is Neoliberalism?

Our simple guide to understanding Neoliberalism

January 25th, 2017

The role of the citizen in a democracy

Our simple guide to the role played by a citizen within a democracy

January 25th, 2017

The Higher Education and Research Bill

Our simple guide to the Higher Education and Research bill

January 25th, 2017

What deal does Theresa May want?

The deal Theresa May wants: a summary

January 25th, 2017

The Grammar Schools Debate

Our simple guide to the recent debate over Theresa May’s plans to reintroduce Grammar Schools

January 25th, 2017

Who sits in Theresa May’s cabinet?

Our guide to who’s in and who’s out of May’s cabinet

January 25th, 2017

What is Fascism?

Our simple guide to understanding Fascism

January 25th, 2017

English Devolution

Our simple guide to English devolution: what is it and how does it work?

January 25th, 2017

The Privatisation of the NHS?

Our simple guide to the debate over the privatisation of the NHS

January 25th, 2017

Socialist Labour Party

Part of our series on smaller and lesser-known political parties: here is an introduction to the Socialist Labour Party

January 25th, 2017

What do we know about Jeremy Corbyn?

Our simple guide to the Leader of the Opposition

January 25th, 2017

Animal Welfare Party

Part of our series on smaller and lesser-known political parties: here is an introduction to the Animal Welfare Party

January 25th, 2017

the Scottish programme for Government 2016-2017

Our simple guide to the Scottish Government’s 2016-2017 programme

January 25th, 2017

What is the Policing and Crime bill

Our simple guide to the Policing and Crime bill

January 25th, 2017

Compulsory sex education?

Our simple guide to both sides of the debate on whether or not sex education should be made compulsory in schools

January 25th, 2017

The Local Government Finance bill

Our simple guide to the Local Government Finance bill

January 25th, 2017

Britain First

Part of our series on smaller and lesser-known political parties: here is an introduction to Britain First

January 25th, 2017

The Welsh Programme for Government 2016-2017

Our simple guide to the Welsh Programme for Government 2016-2017

January 25th, 2017

Trump’s journey to the White House

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

January 25th, 2017

Brexit: What’s the latest?

Our most up to date brexit briefing

January 25th, 2017

The Pirate Party

Part of our series on smaller and lesser-known political parties: here is an introduction to the Pirate Party

January 25th, 2017

Our guide to the Supreme Court

What is the Supreme Court?

January 25th, 2017

The Nuclear Power Debate

A simple guide to the debate about the future of nuclear power

January 25th, 2017

How did May’s critics react to the Brexit speech

A brief summary of critics’ reactions to the Brexit speech

January 25th, 2017

What is TTIP?

Our simple guide to TTIP and the debate surrounding it

January 25th, 2017

Women’s Equality Party

Part of our series on smaller and lesser-known political parties: here is an introduction to the Women’s Equality Party

January 25th, 2017

Who sits in the House of Lords?

Our guide to the make-up and role of the House of Lords

January 25th, 2017

What is Northern Ireland’s political crisis about?

Our simple guide to the current political crisis emerging in Northern Ireland

January 25th, 2017

What were the Government’s arguments in the Supreme Court?

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?

January 25th, 2017

What is the role of the foreign secretary?

Our simple guide to the role of the Foreign Secretary

January 25th, 2017

A points-based immigration system?

What is a points-based immigration system and what is May’s view on it?

January 25th, 2017

A simple guide to Voting Systems

Our guide to some of the most popular voting systems

January 25th, 2017

The latest developments on HS2

Our guide to the most recent developments concerning the HS2 proposals

January 25th, 2017

Is the NHS facing a ‘humanitarian crisis’?

Our simple guide to the British Red Cross’ statement about the state of the NHS and the government’s response

January 25th, 2017

What are Jams?

A simple guide to ‘JAMs’ (Just About Managings)

January 25th, 2017

The Liberal Party

Part of our series on smaller and lesser-known political parties: here is an introduction to the Liberal Party

January 25th, 2017

The Whig Party

Part of our series on smaller and lesser-known political parties: here is an introduction to the Whig Party

January 25th, 2017

What is an ‘urgent question’?

Our simple guide to urgent questions in parliament

January 25th, 2017

The Commonwealth Development Corporation bill

Our simple guide to the Commonwealth Development Corporation bill

January 25th, 2017

Trade Union and Socialist Coalition

Part of our series on smaller and lesser-known political parties: here is an introduction to the Trade Union and Socialist Coalition

January 25th, 2017

What is the Finance Bill?

Our simple guide to the Finance bill

January 25th, 2017

Cannabis is Safer Than Alcohol Party

Part of our series on smaller and lesser-known political parties: here is an introduction to the Cannabis is Safer Than Alcohol Party

January 25th, 2017

Supreme Court Ruling

The Supreme Court has decided that Parliament must vote on whether the government can trigger the Brexit Process.

January 25th, 2017

Monster Raving Loony Party

Part of our series on smaller and lesser-known political parties: here is an introduction to the Monster Raving Loony Party

January 25th, 2017

What is ‘Shared Society’?

Our simple guide to the notion of ‘Shared Society’

January 25th, 2017

The Simple Politics Brexit Cribsheet

A handy guide to some of the terms being used in discussions about Brexit

January 18th, 2017

What is Theresa May’s plan for Brexit

A simple guide to Theresa May’s plan for Brexit.

June 28th, 2016

Brexit: what happens now?

A one stop shop for everything you need to know about Brexit and the aftermath.

June 28th, 2016

Will there be a second referendum?

At the time of writing, 4 million people have signed a petition asking for a second EU referendum. Here, we look at the possibility.

June 27th, 2016

What now for Scotland?

A brief look at the options - can Scotland stay in the EU?

June 27th, 2016

What is Article 50?

| 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.

June 27th, 2016

Does Parliament need to agree to trigger Article 50?

Does Parliament need to agree to trigger Article 50?

June 24th, 2016

What might happen now we’ve left the EU?

Alternative trade options now that we’ve voted to leave the EU

June 8th, 2016

Who is coming to the UK, why and what benefits can they claim?

A handy guide to who is coming to the UK, why they come and what they are entitled to once they are here.

June 7th, 2016

Why we should definitely stay in the EU.

A brief guide to the reasons we should stay in the EU. All arguments from Britain Stronger In Europe.

June 7th, 2016

Six dos and don’ts when lobbying your MP, by Stella Creasy

From the horse’s mouth! A really clear guide to how to go about contacting your MP about an issue.

Why we should definitely leave the EU.

A brief summary and guide to the reasons why we should leave the referendum. All arguments come from Vote Leave.

June 7th, 2016

What is this EU Referendum all about?

A one stop shop guide to what’s going on with the EU referendum.

May 6th, 2016

How are EU laws made?

A flow chart to show how laws are made in the European Union

May 6th, 2016

Comic book guide to EU Institutions

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.

May 5th, 2016

Should we leave the EU?

A brief guide to arguments for and against staying in the EU

May 2nd, 2016
EU

What is the Maastricht Treaty?

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.

April 29th, 2016

What is Capitalism?

A very short introduction to the world of Capitalism

What is a police and crime commissioner?

A guide to what a police and crime commissioner does.

March 17th, 2016

What are the new changes in Education?

A brief guide to the current changes in Education

February 5th, 2016

What is Conservatism?

A 2 minute guide to some of the concepts behind conservatism.

January 26th, 2016

What is Socialism?

A short video explaining the basics of Socialism

January 12th, 2016

What is Liberalism?

A brief and jargon free guide to the basics of liberalism

January 7th, 2016

What is the Trade Union Bill?

An infographic explaining the basics behind the Trade Union Bill

December 29th, 2015

What is the free market?

A short video explaining the concept of the free market.

October 13th, 2015

What is PMQs?

The lowdown on Prime Minister’s Questions.

October 9th, 2015

Queen’s Speech 2015: Bill-by-bill

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.

June 29th, 2015

What are levels of government?

A brief explanation about the different levels of government in the UK.