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Hyer's Highlights: Attacking Syria

17th April 2018 | Politics

Hyer's Highlights: Attacking Syria

The major, developing news story of the week has been the retaliation of the United States, Britain and France to the most recent suspected chemical attack in Syria, allegedly by the Assad regime.

Even though the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons had yet to provide evidence from its fact-funding mission, Donald Trump and Theresa May, along with Emmanuel Macron, all hit back with air strikes against chemical weapons facilities in Syria.


There seems to be a real lack of a long-term strategy in regard to foreign policy in Syria. On the one hand, Trump said that the US is “prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents”, but on the other hand, Defence Secretary James Mattis said that “right now, this is a one-time shot”. Trump seems to be acting on fitful impulses rather than on an ambition to secure peace in the region.

On his Sunday radio show, Benji Hyer asked listeners if bombing Syria was the right decision. Listener Aaron despaired at the absence of any long-term plan, and whilst Benji sympathised, the host had a far more sceptical and cynical take on the Western strikes!

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Benji Hyer on the Air Strikes against Syria

Benji Hyer responds to listener Aaron about the Western air strikes against Assad's regime in Syria. (3 minutes)

Hyer's Highlights: Youth Crime in the UK

11th April 2018 | Politics

Hyer's Highlights: Youth Crime in the UK

Crime has re-entered the headlines of late following a number of violent and sometimes fatal incidences across North London.

From 2016-17, children and young people were involved in 4000 crimes involving knives or offensive weapons, which is an 11% increase from five years ago. As a proportion of overall knife offences, adults are still responsible for most incidents, although, last year, one in five perpetrators was under the age of 18. This is the highest number for seven years.


When asked what should be done to reduce the recent spate of knife and gun crimes, on Benji Hyer’s Sunday radio show, listener Nate accused the government of having “blood on its hands”. Benji was hesitant to agree…

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Benji Hyer on Youth Crime in the UK

Benji Hyer responds to listener Nate who accused the government of having blood on it's hands following the rise in youth crime in the UK. (3 minutes)

Hyer's Highlights: The Commonwealth

11th April 2018 | Politics

Hyer's Highlights: The Commonwealth

The Commonwealth of Nations, formerly known as the British Commonwealth, is an intergovernmental organisation of 53 member-states that are mostly former territories of the British Empire.

Currently, they are competing in the Commonwealth Games on the East Coast of Australia, and that is going ahead without any political commotion.


The problem is that, despite the splendour of the Commonwealth Games, there is not a great deal of demand for the continuation of the Commonwealth.

Recently, reports in India, Nigeria and Jamaica explored what the old fellowship meant to young people from those countries, and it concluded that it meant absolutely nothing. Rather than being a profound union, it is for them an antiqued organisation representing a colonialist era and having zero impact on significant foreign policy.

It may still mean something to Brexiteers, who see the Commonwealth as Britain’s next trading area, however nearly every Commonwealth country opposed Brexit, and Leavers would be deluded to hope that old imperial patterns replace current EU trade.

On his Sunday radio show, Benji Hyer was cynical and sceptical of the need for the Commonwealth, but listener Matthew provided a more optimistic twist.

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Benji Hyer on the Commonwealth

Benji Hyer responds to listener Matthew who is optimistic about the need to have the Commonwealth. (4 minutes)