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The Modern Welfare System

3rd November 2015 | Politics

The Modern Welfare System
George Osborne is pushing for a change in the modern welfare system of this country to create the low tax, low welfare, high wage society that the Government wants.

The modern form of tax credits was implicated by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and were designed to help working people top up their income to make ends meet. Thousands of families now benefit and rely on it to secure their household incomes, the changes would leave them with uncertainty in their daily lives.

Millions of people, including senior Tory and Labour party figures have voiced their anger to David Cameron, trying to persuade him to do a U-turn on the plans, saying they should be helping the poorest in society instead of hindering them. John McDonnel - the shadow chancellor said that he wouldn’t hold a change of heart against him, as it is doing best for the people of the country.

The proposed changes would see the families that rely on tax credits lose up to £1,300 a year, sparking criticism that the proposed living wage implications will instead give the low income more in the long run. Overall it would mean that working couples will see an increase overall in their finances.

The House of Lords - where the conservatives don’t have majority support - have voted to hold off George Osborne plans by 17 votes, this proved very unpopular in the Commons because the House of Lords hasn’t voted against the government in policies regarding money in 100 years. This has caused David Cameron to express his anger that the unelected body of peers can heavily influence and undermine key government policy that has been voted for by the elected body of MPs, and asks the question is our…

The US Election

31st October 2015 | Politics

The US Election
The US Presidential Election is not until November 2016. That’s over a year away, and yet with Obama coming to the end of his second and final term, the race for the White House has already begun.

It fact, it began many months ago, even preceding the summer.

In America, elections start way in advance of the voting day, with debates, primaries, and elections for candidates before we reach the big occasion itself.

The news this week was that Vice-President Joe Biden finally confirmed that he will not run for President, citing that he was too late to enter and he was “out of time”. Alternative reasons for his decision may include his son’s recent death, other competitors entering the fray, his place in polls behind the frontrunners, his relative old age, his absence at the TV debates, and the fear of splitting Hillary Clinton’s support seeing as he shares a similar voting base to her. This leaves Clinton, wife of former President Bill, as the favourite for the Democrats, however she has faced troubles in holding her lead after facing criticism over her decisions regarding Libya as Secretary of State and controversy surrounding private emails. In addition, the serious challenger Bernie Sanders has been growing in popularity; the Vermont Senator brands himself as a socialist, a risky move in a generally politically conservative nation like America, yet his policies on free healthcare and reducing inequality seems to be paying off.

On the other side, for the Republicans, there are still a number of hopeful candidates, such as Cruz, Fiorina and Christie, however the main ones include Jeb Bush (father and son of the previous President Georges) and Marco Rubio, both of whom can reach out to the significant Latino vote. That said, those individuals…

Joseph Perry’s News Crunch: Just-In Time

21st October 2015 | Politics

Joseph Perry’s News Crunch: Just-In Time
What is the story?
Justin Trudeau has been elected as the new Prime Minister of Canada. The results of the country’s 2015 General Election were announced in the early hours of Tuesday morning UK time, and came as a surprise to many bearing in mind his opponent, Stephen Harper, had been ahead in the polls just a few weeks ago.

Trudeau is the leader of the Liberal Party, which is the Canadian equivalent of the UK Labour Party, while Stephen Harper led the Conservative Party into the election, having served as Prime Minister for the previous nine years.

In Canada, 170 seats are required for a majority government. The Liberal Party reached a total of 184 seats on Tuesday, giving Trudeau the convincing win that few had forecast at the turn of the year. The Conservatives won 99 seats.

Justin Trudeau’s father, Pierre, was also the Prime Minister of Canada. He served between 1968 and 1979, with a second spell from 1980 to 1984. People began to tip Justin to follow in his father’s footsteps after he gave a moving eulogy at Pierre’s funeral in 2000 before he entered politics.

The third Canadian Party, the NDP, had finished ahead of the Liberal’s in a disastrous 2011 election for Trudeau’s party. However, they lost over half of their 95 seats on Monday - finishing with a vastly reduced total of 44.

In September, polls had the Conservatives, the NDP and the Liberal Party neck and neck, before the Conservatives regained the lead until very early October. So Trudeau has only led the polls for a matter of days, but finds himself with a convincing majority government.

His campaign slogan was ‘real change’. He is set to unveil…