Today is October 12th, exactly one month after Jeremy Corbyn was announced as the new leader of the Labour party. It’s been a series of ups and downs, so here are some of my personal high – and low – lights.
July 8th, 2015. The day that Chancellor George Osbourne revealed his ‘emergency budget’ in parliament. I’m still unsure of the exact nature of said ‘emergency’, but there you go.
I read lots of speculative pieces, and most of them were right in their predictions. I think my favourite headline of the past week is this one, in which Osbourne announced that £20 billion in welfare cuts had been found. Clearly it had ran away from home or something.
So, what did the first Conservative-only budget in nineteen years pledge? You can find out what it means for you here.
Turn on the news – the EU. Open a paper – the EU. Go on any website – the EU.
There is no doubt, the European Union is a huge talking point at the moment, and it has been for a while. Why? One reason springs to mind: the rise of UKIP.
Ever since UKIP’s victory at the European Elections (which confuses me greatly, why stand for election to a parliament that you don’t believe in, and then not make the best of a bad situation?), the country has been swept with EU-mania. Before the 2015 General Election, Nick Clegg (former leader of the Liberal Democrats) and Nigel Farage (leader of UKIP) debated the issue on live television, accompanied by the seemingly ever-present David Dimbleby. That debate is more crucial than ever as Prime Minister David Cameron tries to renegotiate the UK’s role in the EU before an in/out referendum sometime in the next year.