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Royal Baby - Opinion 1: British Monarchist Foundation

15th May 2015 | Politics

Royal Baby - Opinion 1: British Monarchist Foundation

On the Sunday 10th May edition of TeenScope (with Joseph Perry), Joseph conducted an on-air, two-sided debate about the media coverage of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, the latest addition to the royal household.

In the debate he interviewed Thomas Mace Archer Mills, Chairman of the British Monarchist Foundation, and Graham Smith, Chairman of Republic. The topic being questioned was whether the royal family had exploited the birth of Princess Charlotte for their own benefit.

The results were as follow:



Here's what happened during Joseph Perry's first interview, with Thomas Mace Archer Mills, Chairman of the British Monarchist Foundation.

Joseph Perry: Why do you think so many people have been so interested and engrossed at the birth of a young girl who is, realistically, unlikely to yield too much power in this country?

Thomas Mills: It comes down to everyone’s individual thoughts on the monarchy. Many people look at it for ad s historical aspect; other people look at it as a popular, public aspect; other people, like me, look at it as a constitutional aspect in how important the constitutional monarchy and the sovereign work within our system of government. So, it really could be one of those three factors – it could be several more I haven’t mentioned – or it could be a perfect blend of all of those together.

Joseph Perry: How have you marked, personally and within the society, the birth of Princess Charlotte?

Thomas Mills: She was delivered with great fanfare, but that comes with every member of the royal family. This isn’t something new; this has been going on for well over a century. It’s also important to look at the growing interest from the media…

2015 General Election: Is this the end of the two major parties?

29th March 2015 | Politics

2015 General Election: Is this the end of the two major parties?

For many years, the general elections have been dominated by the two major parties – Labour and Conservative. However, the last general election saw the slightly surprising victory of the Conservative Party and the even more surprising coalition between the Liberal Democrats and Conservative. Reflecting on the past years, many people may say that the coalition has not been as effective as they would have hoped.

However, it seems that this General election has also so far been a shock, as parties such as UKIP and SNP are growing both in strength of their campaign and in number. As the polls suggest, if any of the major parties win the election, a coalition would be likely. But Ed Miliband has claimed that his party would not join a coalition with the SNP, contrary to public opinion. The ICM poll suggest that Scottish Labour would lose 29 of the 41 seats won in 2010 by Gordon Brown, but the SNP with way more seats.

Alex Salmond, SNP candidate, has said his party would probably have a “vote by vote arrangement” with the minority Labour government. This post-election pact between the two parties is different to a coalition. This may be more likely. Both Labour and Conservative are predicted to not only have under the majority vote, but they will also need the support of multiple parties in order to be able to govern. Based on the current poll, Labour is set to have 270 votes, Conservatives 276, SNP 53 and the Liberal Democrats 25.

The campaign is underway with each party publicising their policies on things such as the budget, the education sector and the NHS among other things. From a recent survey I have done, I have found that many young people are not simply going to vote whichever party their parents do,…

Sir Malcolm Rifkind and the Cash for Access Scandal

15th March 2015 | Politics

Sir Malcolm Rifkind and the Cash for Access Scandal

The Conservative MP, Sir Malcolm Rifkind, has resigned as the chairman of Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Council (ISC) after allegations of him and fellow MP Jack Straw using their positions on behalf of a nonexistent Chinese company in return for thousands of pounds had been made by the Daily Telegraph and Channel 4’s Dispatches.

 

Following the publication of this allegation, Sir Malcom Rifkind, had insisted that he “did not do anything wrong” in various interviews. Speaking after a meeting in Westminster, he continued to say “No, I don’t think I did anything wrong. I may have made errors of judgement but then we all make errors of judgement. We are all human beings in that sense.”

 

This statement, angered the public even more as he attempted to get us to sympathise with him because “we are all human beings in that sense,” however, the average tax payer does not earn £67,060 a year, or a live a life of relative luxury, so therefore Rifkind failed to get the taxpayer’s empathy. Rather, this scandal has hit the Conservative Party at a crucial time, especially with the general elections being so close. The Daily Telegraph published an article which shows that Conservative MPs had outside earnings of £4.74m whereas Labour MPs earn £2.05m outside of the office. Half of Labour’s expenses were accredited through the earnings of the former Prime Minister Gordon Brown. 

 

Ed Milliband, earlier this week had proposed to the Prime Minister a ban on MPs having second jobs. In his speech he said, “Let’s talk about a party bought and sold by hedge funds. A man who appointed a self-declared tax avoider as his treasurer. That is the Conservative Party. He has got one more chance. He talked big in opposition about change. He is going to be judged on the…