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Royal Baby - Opinion 2: Republic

16th May 2015 | Politics

Royal Baby - Opinion 2: Republic

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 Graham Smith, Chairman of Republic.

Joseph Perry: Let’s start with the term “exploitation”. We’re using that in our question tonight because it’s how you, personally, described the palace’s use of Princess Charlotte. Why did you use such a term?

Graham Smith: It’s simply the case that a birth is a private and personal event and the Palace always uses these private and personal events (whether it’s a birth or a wedding) to promote itself. They have a particular image that they want to promote and, specifically around these types of events, they want to reinforce two ideas: 1. They are popular and 2. They are largely harmless and it’s just a matter of the monarchy being something about celebration and events, rather than about politics and power.

Joseph Perry: Having said that, in the UK, whether we agree with it or not, there is a system of monarchy. Therefore it is important that the public see them as much as possible, isn’t it?

Graham Smith: Whether or not we seem them is neither here nor there – the point is, how are they portrayed and how do the media respond. The monarchy may want…

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,…