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Explained – The UK’s new wind power strategy

After the government revealed its long-awaited energy strategy this week, there is a notable push for new offshore wind capacity. Ministers hope the new plans will generate up to 50 gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2030. But why is the government still reluctant to commit to onshore wind power? Chris Lomas breaks down the…

Political Agenda – Russia Special

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has shocked and outraged the international community, sparking protests across several continents. But how have people in Russia reacted to their country’s decision to wage war on Ukraine? In this episode of Political Agenda, Dr Eleanor Bindman, an expert in Russian politics, discusses the Russian public’s dismay at recent events, Vladimir Putin’s strategic…

Political Agenda – John Nicolson MP

John Nicolson is the MP for Ochil & South Perthshire and the SNP’s shadow culture secretary. Nicolson is a former journalist, best known in politics for his role on the digital, culture, media and sport committee, often going viral on social media with his tough line of questioning and no-nonsense approach. In this week’s edition…

Standards in public life: Where did it all go wrong?

Westminster is home to one of the most revered and well-respected political establishments in the world. UK politics has always prided itself on promoting its traditions, values, and high principles. But after a spate of damaging scandals, Westminster’s reputation is at risk. Standards in public life have slipped, and the public may have had enough.…

The Political Agenda – Simon Cheng

Simon Cheng is a prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy activist, granted political asylum in the UK in 2020 after being arrested and tortured by the Chinese state. Since arriving in the UK, Simon has set up Hongkongers in Britain, an organisation that helps Hong Kong citizens emigrating on the BNO visa scheme settle in Great Britain.…

Hong Kong BNO scheme: What now?

People in Hong Kong are leaving the country on the UK’s British National Overseas (BNO) passport scheme, due to a crackdown on democracy. The one country, two systems principle put in place when Hong Kong was returned to China by the UK, has been severely eroded in recent years. In 2019, widespread protests broke out…

A cold Christmas: Quarter of a million children to go hungry this winter

A quarter of a million children will go hungry this Christmas. That is just one of the headlines from the Childhood Trust’s ‘Cold, Hungry and Stressed’ report, outlining the shocking levels of poverty families across London have been plunged into ahead of the festive season. Laurence Guinness, chief executive of The Childhood Trust, outlined some…

Is Britain a racist country?

Last week’s testimony from Cricketer Azeem Rafiq on the institutional culture of racism in cricket sent shockwaves throughout the country. As questions turned to whether the failings seen in Yorkshire were indicative of wider society, Rafiq himself had to apologise for posting historic anti-semitic messages online. Politics.co.uk went out to ask the public: Is Britain a…

Prostitution: The oldest profession or an oppressive trade?

Prostitution has been a part of our society for centuries, but the women who engage in it are often overlooked. Whilst there are many reasons women become sex workers, the majority are forced into it by poverty, seeing it as last resort to earn money. At the moment in Britain, prostitution itself is not illegal…

The impossible property ladder

The property ladder is a metaphor synonymous in the UK for a person’s desire to progress through the various stages of homeownership.  Whether it’s due to a shortage of affordable homes, salaries outstripping house prices, or even the heavier tax burdens facing Britain’s younger generation, making that first step onto the property ladder has arguably…

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