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Does Gender Inequality Still Exist?

21st October 2015 | Politics

Does Gender Inequality Still Exist?
Just the other day, a train operator was forced to remove an advert from 70 sites after it sparked complaints from two Labour politicians. The poster read: “Good for sitting, squeezing, and shaking, don’t bruise it...” accompanied by the image of a women’s firm looking derriere alongside it. Were the complaints an overreaction? Where do you draw the line?

MP Theresa Bruce justified her complaint by explaining how women face sexual abuse and harassment every day on public transport, which probably hit home for a large number of women who have experienced these sorts of situations on a daily basis.

Every 107 seconds, another American is sexually assaulted. Now the advert incident took place in England, but it doesn’t hurt to take a look at some international statistics. A United Nations statistical report compiled from government sources showed that more than 250,000 cases of rape or attempted rape were recorded by police annually.

The reported data covered 65 countries. We need to of course, take into account that (according to Washington Post) only around 32 per cent of rapes are actually reported to the police, and it is easy to understand why. The attitude of the police in many countries prevent many women from reporting rape, and some victims even feel guilt concerning the whole event.

Even in the safety of our relatively secure country, sexual harassment, or even just insinuations of it, are hard to avoid. If you’re lucky enough to walk past a group of builders while wearing a flattering outfit and NOT receive a wolf whistle thrust your way, it is near impossible to avoid a glance. A LONG, lingering glance. Innuendos are everywhere, no matter what situation you are in.

Not too long ago, when the 23 year…

The Pro's and Con's of HS2

21st October 2015 | Politics

The Pro's and Con's of HS2
The proposed High Speed rail network will make a significant improvement to the UK's transport network, by creating a fast, strong link between cities in Northern England like Leeds and Manchester to London in the South.

HS2 is supporting the government plans to create a Northern powerhouse. The Northern powerhouse is a plan set by the government to devolve some powers like controlling tax rates - so big cities like Manchester can set the rate, collect the tax revenue and spend the tax revenue.

HS2 will help them do this, as with stronger transport links it makes the area more attractive to tourists and prospective house buyers. Tourists will spend money in the shops, cafes and restaurants and some of this extra revenue will go to the local authority in business taxes.

There will be more demand of housing with good transport links and this will be a positive multiplier effect as it will provide jobs for builders an other trades people, which will lower the unemployment rate and may slightly lower the job-seekers allowance rates.

When the new homeowners move in they will pay the local authority taxes and other monies. Higher revenue in taxes will mean that there is more money to spend on other public services like the NHS, education and transport. Confidence in the local area will increase amongst businesses and investors in the North and across the country due to the government showing that they are willing to spend £42 billion on transport infrastructure.

The HS2 line will improve commuter’s quality of life as the trains will be faster, newer and possibly cheaper - this will hopefully attract more road users to swap their cars for the train, which could make the roads less congested and…

Joseph Perry’s News Crunch: Divided We Stand, United We Fall

20th October 2015 | Politics

Joseph Perry’s News Crunch: Divided We Stand, United We Fall
What is the story?
On Monday, Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership was the centre of sustained attacks from Labour MPs during a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) in the House of Commons.

Each Monday, Parliamentary Parties meet to discuss the week ahead. It is a chance for party leaders to explain to their MPs the policies they will be announcing over the next seven days, and to get their feedback on them. It is also a chance for backbench MPs (ones without official job titles) to voice their concerns or praises to the people at the top.

This week’s meeting was very different for Jeremy Corbyn and the PLP. Earlier in the day, the Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell announced that Labour would be voting against the Chancellor George Osborne’s plans to criminalise running a budget deficit during ‘normal times’.

In brief, this means that governments would be forced by law to spend less than they receive in taxes. Over the past 10 years, this has rarely, if ever, happened.

Labour’s problem arose as McDonnell has previously announced that the party would be voting for it.

For many, this showed a lack of leadership at the top of the party, and a lack of clear direction. In addition to the various scandals to have engulfed Jeremy Corbyn since becoming leader of the party last month, this led to a fiery meeting on Monday.

The MP for Exeter and former Deputy Leadership Candidate, Ben Bradshaw, described the meeting as a “total f****** shambles”, while an unnamed MP said it was the worse PLP meeting in living memory. Another MP described it as “absolutely mental”.

It is claimed that John McDonnell was blasted for his political naivety over the budget…