The Liberal Democrats and Conservative coalition government has had many difficulties to overcome since the 2010 General Election. The cracks are starting to show and a number of people, both in and outside of Westminster, have predicted that it will break down before the 2015 General Election.
Graham Brady, senior Tory MP and Chairman of the Conservative Backbench 1922 Committee has become the latest person to doubt the life expectancy of the coalition. Read the rest of this entry
The mantra “Education, education, education” is burnt onto the minds of many of those who followed the news in the run-up to the 1997 election campaign – it was Tony Blair’s main priority, to bolster the educational standards of the children and schools within the country – an admirable aspiration it must be said. 14 years on and Mr Cameron and Mr Gove seem to have the same aspirations but vary slightly in application. Mr Blair brought in tuition fees for Universities, GCSE results improved and Sure Start was launched. Mr Cameron is using these as a foundation and rightly so, but focusing not just on grades but on ‘worthy’ grades, it could even be said that the new mantra is “Employability, employability, employability!”. Click here to keep reading
On Monday, while most of the British media were caught up in the ongoing soap opera of ‘hackgate’, another British soldier was killed in Afghanistan. The death of Corporal Mark Palin of the 1st Battalion the Rifles has taken the number of deaths in Afghanistan since 2001 to 377 (he is the 39th soldier to have died while David Cameron has been Prime Minister). Two days before another soldier was killed while on patrol with reports suggesting he was shot by a man dressed in Afghan Army uniform. Click here to keep reading
When I was growing up my parents always emphasised that getting a good education is what’s most important, a message that in recent times has been somewhat contradicted by our politicians. As universities in England can now charge tuition fees of up to £9000 per year, many potential students feel that they will effectively be priced out of attending the colleges at which they had previously aspired to study. However, while the Cameron-Clegg coalition has raised fee caps in England, the same measures have not yet been taken in Northern Ireland. Click here to keep reading
Afghanistan has once again been the focus of international headlines this week. The country is showing signs of a security and political system deteriorating beyond its already weakened state. On Tuesday the Taliban attacked a hotel in Kabul in a daring night-time raid killing 12 people. Earlier, on the same day, the Kabul authorities issued an arrest warrant for the former Afghanistan Central Bank governor in what is developing into a deeply worrying corruption scandal. Around thirty people also died last weekend in a deadly car bomb attack on a hospital in Logar province. This deterioration raises serious questions about David Cameron’s decision to unconditionally withdraw all UK soldiers from Afghanistan by 2015.