Posts tagged politics
Posts tagged politics
Sheer brilliance from The Onion.
Public Interest Lawyers have begun legal action against the UK government’s “Mandatory Work” scheme.
Apparent breach of anti-slavery law by the UK government. The title is misleading: it is not just young jobseekers who are subject to this.
Brief corrective summary of misinformation in the referendum campaigns for and against changing the British voting system. Though I have to say that the misinformation from the No campaign is by far the most blatant and cynical.
Protesters “kettled” by police on Westminster Bridge had to be treated for symptoms of severe crushing and for head injuries. A doctor who was there warns that use of the tactic could lead to actual deaths similar to those at Hillsborough in the 1980s when football fans were crushed to death.
This reminds me of when the Thatcher goverment ignored warnings that their policies would create youth homelessness in the 1980s, and within a fortnight of said policies being implemented, I started regularly seeing young people begging in central Manchester. Before that, the only homeless people I came across appeared to be middle-aged alcoholics.
Shocking description of treatment of protesting schoolchildren by the Metropolitan Police.
I think it would be really good if the BBC, when choosing people to comment about a particular news issue, would ask themselves “In what way is this person qualified to give an informed opinion on the subject?” Normally they just pick two people with extreme and opposite opinions, and maybe a political journalist.
Example: the government are proposing measuring national levels of happiness. If done properly, this would clearly be an exercise in psychology, mental health, and social research. Yet when it was discussed on the radio, not one psychologist, social scientist, mental health worker or similar was interviewed. Not even a happiness researcher (such people exist!) Not one person who could say whether such an approach could give meaningful or useful information or whether it was just a fantasy policy. Merely some politicians from opposite ends of the spectrum, and a journalist or two.
Why not have comments on a subject from people who actually understand the subject? And why present people who have no reason to know what they’re talking about as though they were somehow qualified?