My name is Dan and I’m currently at John Leggott College, studying A-level Politics, History and English Literature. I intend to pursue a career in the field of politics in the future.
I’ve been volunteering intermittently at Nic’s constituency office since the age of 14; which has allowed me a clear insight into the daily routines of an active politician. This opportunity has even allowed me to canvass alongside Nic in the 2015 general Election.
I hope to continue learning from the experience I’m gaining at Nic’s constituency office, which will assist me further with my academic plans of going to university and gaining a job within politics.
My name is Dan and I’m currently at John Leggott College, studying A-level Politics, History and English Literature. I intend to pursue a career in the field of politics in...
Like many people, I don’t know too much about the details and background of the EU, other than the occasional facts from the media. I decided to write a weekly blog looking at the different bits of the EU. Today, I focused my research on the background of the EU.
The EU stands for the European Union and is a union of 28 counties, including the UK who joined in 1973. Some of the main reasons countries like the UK join the EU are:
- To prevent another war or conflict happening within Europe- like World War 1 and 2
- To respect human rights
- To form a common economic area
The EU aim to develop Europe as an area of freedom, security and justice.
Countries within the EU pay to be a member through taxes though they also profit from being a member. In 2011, almost half of the UK goods and services were exported to the EU.
A common economic area means that if a country exports something to another country within the EU, they don’t have to pay for any export tariffs that may be added if exporting to a country outside the EU. As the UK exports so many goods to EU countries, this means a lot of money is saved.
The EU means free movement of goods, services, capital and people can happen. This is why a UK citizen can travel to and live or work within an EU country for as long as they wish, without the need for a visa. They can also pass legislation on home affairs and justice as well as maintaining policies on other matters such as agriculture.
Next week, I will be looking at the five main bodies that run the EU and what they do different from each other.
Like many people, I don’t know too much about the details and background of the EU, other than the occasional facts from the media. I decided to write a weekly...
Last week I spent the day with Nic doing a variety of activities. I began by photocopying a petition that was brought to Nic regarding supporting local pharmacies. After this I went with Nic to TATA Steel Scunthorpe where two interviews were being filmed for the media. It was extremely interesting to see the events that occur behind the camera when filming. I also had the opportunity to sit in on meetings with constituents and to see the wide range of issues brought to the attention of a local MP. To end my day, I went with Nic and two others to go campaigning. This gave me an opportunity to see the other side of things that happen outside of an office- the campaigning that actually takes place and how it works. We walked door to door asking each household simple questions such as which party they are inclined to vote for, their opinion on the European Union referendum and about the PCC election. As the information was gathered I then recorded it onto the documents. We also visited the angel statue to take photographs to use for a piece that went onto Nic’s page.
Today I partook in another variety of activities. I began by researching and drafting a piece for Nic to edit and then use for publishing on his website. I then went on to do a piece of casework myself. In doing this I began by ringing the local authorities for information on the matter before forming an email to then send for further information on this matter. I went on to write a brief piece regarding the Rock the House competition and then publishing this on social media.
Finally other both the two weeks I began to organise my own trip to the Houses of Parliament during the summer, to see how the actual office in Parliament runs. This will be an extremely interesting experience for me to have as being inside Parliament will be very different to being in a constituency office.
Last week I spent the day with Nic doing a variety of activities. I began by photocopying a petition that was brought to Nic regarding supporting local pharmacies. After this...
Recently I was lucky to have the opportunity to visit Christs Church, part of the University of Cambridge. The buildings at the university vary in many aspects, from age to style, and were simply breath-taking. The simplest things beautiful, from the grounds to the buildings.
Upon arrival, we listened to a talk about the process of applying to university, both in general and for Cambridge which gave us all useful tips for our own applications. The tips that we were given were the extremely interesting factors that could give us an edge against other candidates.
We were then taken for a tour of Christs Church College where we found out various things from the college, from the societies available to the traditions that occur. The campus and its grounds were one of the most stunning sights I have seen, beauty simply radiated from the college.
The true highlight of the day in my opinion was the visit to the main library for the University of Cambridge. We began by visiting the exhibition that they had which included the earliest ever evidence of writing and actual works by both writers and scientists. To see the real work that was done by people such as Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton, in their own handwriting was an amazing experience that cannot be put into words. When we moved into the main library it was beautiful. The library is one of the few which possesses a copy of all books published in the United Kingdom which shows how vast this library is. Everywhere you looked the books were countless and varying in fields to anything you could ever need for your work. Study spaces were located in all different areas, providing a perfect place for work to be done. The library really was a beautiful place which I aspire to visit again. Whilst touring the library we were lucky enough to walk past a well-known author and Professor of Classics at Cambridge, Mary Beard.
When you visit a place like Cambridge, you visit with certain expectations. But when I visited I found it wasn't how I expected at all, all the stereotypes I had pictured were blown away. It was such a beautiful place and the students and staff that we met there were some of the loveliest people I have met.
Recently I was lucky to have the opportunity to visit Christs Church, part of the University of Cambridge. The buildings at the university vary in many aspects, from age to...
The government has announced a U-turn on the proposed cuts to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in the 2016 budget. In the budget set forth by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, cuts of £4.4 billion to PIP would have been made by 2020. This follows Ian Duncan Smiths resignation from the Cabinet regarding the cuts. Duncan-Smith stated that this budget is “deeply unfair” and “drifting”.
Personal Independence Payment works on a point based system as to how much an individual is entitled too. The amounts available vary from approximately £21.80 to £139.75 a week depending on the individual’s circumstances and the amount of points scored on assessment. What Osbourne intended to do was to cut the amount of points someone would gain from events such as not being able to dress themselves which would mean people fall under the needed points to be entitled to PIP. Or in other cases those who are seriously disabled and fall under the higher band of PIP may be dropped down to drastically lower amounts. The Institute for Fiscal Studies has said that over 370,000 disabled and sick people would lose an average of £3,500 a year.
However this budget has faced immense backlash from MP’s of all parties alongside various disability charities such as DPAC (Disabled People Against Cuts). When the government attempted to justify the cuts, the report used was based on evidence which is anecdotal and untested.
Osbourne, pressed by both Labour and SNP MP’s, still refuses to apologise for these events. Instead he simply acknowledges he made a mistake. Surely the government, most notably Osbourne, should issue an apology for the distress caused to many disabled and sick people across the country?
With the events of this U-turn alongside both the resignation of Ian Duncan Smith from the Cabinet due to these events, and the divide in the Conservatives due to the EU, it is not a good time for the Conservatives.
Yet we are left with the question of what will happen with the £4.4 billion black hole that this U-turn has left in Osbourne’s 2016 budget.
The government has announced a U-turn on the proposed cuts to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in the 2016 budget. In the budget set forth by Chancellor of the Exchequer George...