Off Air
Wizard Radio Media - Politics

Interview with Jay Stewart (Gendered Intelligence)

26th January 2016 | Politics

Interview with Jay Stewart (Gendered Intelligence)

Gendered Intelligence is a non-profit organisation which works with the trans community in supporting young trans people aged 11 to 25.

Through youth group sessions, one-on-one mentoring and special projects, Gendered Intelligence works to increase the quality of trans people's lives, increase trans visibility across the UK and ensure understanding of trans issues across the wider community.

In a special interview for W!ZARD Giving's Trans Month, James Gilmore interviewed co-founder and director Jay Stewart who, himself, was born a girl.

Jay was awarded an MBE in The Queen’s 2014 New Year’s Honours List for services to the trans community.

Broadcasted worldwide, only on W!ZARD Radio Station.

James Gilmore interviews Jay Stewart

James Gilmore interviews Jay Stewart from Gendered Intelligence.

Election Opinion Polls - Are They Trustworthy?

25th January 2016 | Politics

Election Opinion Polls - Are They Trustworthy?

Election opinion polls- are they trustworthy? Up until the exit poll was released at 10pm on May 7th, everyone in the country that listened to the opinion polls were convinced that the election results were going to be too close to call, with a hung parliament almost certain.

What actually happened was probably one of the biggest political shocks of the 21st century. The opinion polls couldn’t have been more wrong and this has asked the question, how did they get it so wrong? And should they be banned?

The answer to the first question is probably the easiest, their sample were too left-wing with not enough right-wing people being asked. But the magnitude can’t be measured due to the ‘swing’ factor that usually happens last minute. The way the surveys are carried out are either online or by telephone with a quota making sure that the sample reflects the population as a whole, so the right balance of gender, age and socio-economic background.

One of the surveying firms YouGov use online surveys, using a sample of the 360,000 questionnaires that they use in ordinary surveying. Another, Ipsos MORI uses telephone surveying using random-digit dialling, the interviewer then asks question about their demographic and assesses whether they fit into the surveying sample.

As you can imagine there are various issues for using both systems, both can bring unreliable results with people not taking the survey seriously or making it up.

The second question, rather depends on your outlook of opinion polls, some people are against them, on how the voters join the ‘bandwagon’, which some believe is a good reason to ban opinion polls in the run up to the election, whilst others dismiss the point as given the existence of the media and social…

Opinion: Trade Union Cuts

25th January 2016 | Politics

Opinion: Trade Union Cuts

There has always been a strenuous relationship between the Conservative party and the Trade Unions and so it is unsurprising that a recent legislation had been proposed to cut the amount of funding the trade unions can give to the Labour party.

The proposal would see the funding of the party decrease by £6m a year which would set the Labour party back a massive £35m over the 5 year parliament. Not only would the TU cuts have a significant impact on the Labour party, cuts would also come in the form of annual affiliation fees and grants, which allows them to be linked to the opposing party.

As with all legislation it had to be scrutinised by the House of Lords before anything can be put into place and it is probable that Labour found some sort of relief at the outcome as they have 327 peers in favour of Labour's proposal to reconsider the bill.

The Lords decided that the bill needed further scrutiny in the commons due to concerns by not only the Labour peers, but also those who support the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats. The Labour party are already set to face £1.3m annual cuts when the state funding for political parties are reduced and concerns have been raised about how taking funding away from the opposition, when it's argued that they need it the most, could potentially damage democracy within the UK if anything severe were to happen to the Labour party.

So why do the Trade Unions still matter in modern day politics and why are the Labour party so reliant on them?

The introduction of trade unionism made it's way into the political world during the economic crises that took place during the 1960's and 1970's in the UK.…