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Polling, Put Simply

Political polls are surveys conducted in order to predict the results of an upcoming election. In the UK, they usually involve 1000-2000 participants, although this number is sometimes higher. The people being surveyed are asked who they are planning to vote for, or, in referenda, what option they are voting for, as well as how … Continue reading Polling, Put Simply

The Structure of the Labour Party, Put Simply

The Labour Party has been at war with itself ever since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader – although 59% of Labour members voted for him in the last leadership contest, less than 40 Labour MPs supported him out of a total of 232. So how did he become leader in the first place … Continue reading The Structure of the Labour Party, Put Simply

Coalitions, Put Simply

Coalitions are often formed in situations where no political party emerges from an election with 50% +1 of all the seats. Multiple parties will form a temporary alliance to form a government. This is a coalition. As a result, none of the parties joining together get to implement their manifestos in their entirety. Instead, the … Continue reading Coalitions, Put Simply

PMQs, Put Simply

What is PMQs? Prime Minister’s Question Time, or PMQs as it is so often called, is a parliamentary session held weekly – each Wednesday from noon – to give the opposition leader, as well as other members from across the House of Commons, a chance to question the prime minister. The weekly event happens when parliament … Continue reading PMQs, Put Simply

Parliamentary Sovereignty, Put Simply

With the Supreme Court ruling that the executive (the government) does not have the power to invoke Article 50 without the consent of the legislature (Parliament), there has been a lot of talk about ‘Parliamentary Sovereignty’. But what is this abstract principle, and does it exist today? What does it actually mean? Well, Parliament’s website … Continue reading Parliamentary Sovereignty, Put Simply

Executive Orders, Put Simply

Executive orders, often controversial, but not uncommon. Since 1789, more than 13,000 executive orders have been issued in total, being utilised by every President from George Washington to Donald Trump....but what are executive orders, and how do they work? An executive order is “an order a rule or order issued by the president to an … Continue reading Executive Orders, Put Simply

Brexit White Paper, Put Simply

What is the Brexit White Paper? Essentially, the Brexit white paper is a lengthy legal document giving greater clarity on Theresa May’s Brexit plans. Initially, May was reluctant to provide a “running commentary” on Brexit plans, fearing that Britain’s bargaining power in EU negotiations following the triggering of Article 50 might be diminished. May was … Continue reading Brexit White Paper, Put Simply

Ex-Prime Ministers, Part Three

David Lloyd George: On the House of Lords: “…a body of five hundred men chosen at random from amongst the unemployed.” David Lloyd George was one of the 20th century’s most famous radicals. He was the first and only Welshman to hold the office of Prime Minister. He is remembered as a man of great … Continue reading Ex-Prime Ministers, Part Three

Free Trade, Put Simply

Trade is the exchange of goods and services for money between companies, people and governments often in different countries. Free trade is a type of trade where there is a free exchange of goods and services between countries. In a free trade agreement, participating countries can sell their goods and services to one another without … Continue reading Free Trade, Put Simply

Obamacare, Put Simply

Since the beginning of the recently concluded Presidential Race, Republican candidate, and now President, Donald Trump has been insistent on the fact that the Affordable Care Act, dubbed Obamacare, should be repealed and replaced. Following his inauguration on Friday, and his first Executive Order having the aim of ‘minimising the economic burden’ of the Act, … Continue reading Obamacare, Put Simply

Inflation, Put Simply

Economics terms such as inflation are thrown about by those in-the-know all too regularly. Frankly, it's baffling for those of us without expert knowledge in the subject, and “put simply” explanations are infrequent, to say the least. #LetsTalkPolitics and challenge this. Inflation can be defined as a sustained or persistent increase in the average price … Continue reading Inflation, Put Simply

Ex-Prime Ministers, Part Two

Henry Campbell-Bannerman: “Personally I am an immense believer in bed, in constantly keeping horizontal: the heart and everything else goes slower, and the whole system is refreshed.” Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman was the first man to be given official use of the title ‘Prime Minister’. Known as CB, he was a firm believer in free trade, … Continue reading Ex-Prime Ministers, Part Two

Universal Basic Income debate, Put Simply

At the dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, as fears of an automated work place and an unemployed generation seem insurmountable, Universal Basic Income is the potential policy which simply refuses to die. The idea is that, rather than paying people to work, you pay them to live; each individual would be paid an amount … Continue reading Universal Basic Income debate, Put Simply

Balance of Payments, Put Simply

  Economics terms are thrown about by those in-the-know all too regularly. Frankly, its baffling for those of us without expert knowledge in the subject, and “put simply” explanations are infrequent, to say the least. #LetsTalkPolitics and challenge this. The balance of payments is a record made up of two accounts, the capital (financial account) … Continue reading Balance of Payments, Put Simply

The People Behind the Policy

At TalkPolitics, we’re committed to changing perceptions of politicians. We believe that MPs and political figures are often unfairly slandered in the press, and ostracised by much of society as elitist, uncaring and, frankly, stupid – when in reality they are incredibly hard-working, incredibly smart individuals dedicated to improving society in the way they think … Continue reading The People Behind the Policy

The Votes at 16 Debate, Put Simply

According to YouGov polling, 60 per cent of British adults are against ‘reducing the voting age to 16 for all UK elections.’ So what are the arguments for and against lowering the voting age? It’s a complex topic but here the issue shall be Put Simply. Arguments for Can pay taxes at 16 so only … Continue reading The Votes at 16 Debate, Put Simply

Monetary Policy, Put Simply

Economics terms are thrown about by those in-the-know all too regularly. Frankly, its baffling for those of us without expert knowledge in the subject, and “put simply” explanations are infrequent to say the least. #LetsTalkPolitics and challenge this. The government, and even more specifically the Bank of England have a variety of techniques to deliberately … Continue reading Monetary Policy, Put Simply

The Scottish Independence Debate, Put Simply

In 2014, the Scottish population were gripped by the political phenomenon that was the vote to decide the future of the nation’s relationship with the Union. On the 18th of September of said year, the historic vote to decide whether or not the country would continue or end its 300-year union with the rest of … Continue reading The Scottish Independence Debate, Put Simply

UK & International Climate Change Policy, Put Simply

UK Climate Change Act 2008 Target for 2050: reduce six greenhouse gases by 80% relative to 1990 levels Led to creation of an independent Committee on Climate Change which would advise government on policies needed for the transition to a low-carbon economy Duty of meeting Act’s targets lies with Secretary of State for Energy and … Continue reading UK & International Climate Change Policy, Put Simply

Trident and Nuclear Weapons, Put Simply

What is Trident Submarine carrying nuclear weapons Mutually Assured Destruction: if nation-state launches a nuclear attack and destroys nation’s defence, silent submarine will still launch a retaliatory strike Submarines can carry up to eight Trident missiles Arguments in favour of UK renewal of Trident Politically uncertain world: need all defence capabilities available Aggression of North … Continue reading Trident and Nuclear Weapons, Put Simply

Fiscal Policy, Put Simply

Economics terms are thrown about by those in-the-know all too regularly. Frankly, its baffling for those of us without expert knowledge in the subject, and “put simply” explanations are infrequent to say the least. #LetsTalkPolitics and challenge this. The government, and even more specifically the Bank of England have a variety of techniques to deliberately … Continue reading Fiscal Policy, Put Simply

Single Market, Customs Union and Free Trade Agreements, Put Simply

Ever since the British people voted to leave the European Union on the 23rd June, debates have been dominated by the question of whether or not access to the single market can be retained whilst also curbing immigration. Commentators have talked about customs unions, the single market and free trade agreements. But terminology like this … Continue reading Single Market, Customs Union and Free Trade Agreements, Put Simply

Hereditary Peers in the House of Lords, Put Simply

Hereditary peers in the House of Lords are undoubtedly a part of British history, with forms of the practice dating back to 1014 AD, and the most recognisable form dating back at least 700 years. However, debate has again flared as to how fair it is to have unelected representatives in the House of Lords. … Continue reading Hereditary Peers in the House of Lords, Put Simply

Functions of Parliament, Put Simply

Below are the main functions of Parliament, all of which are fulfilled to some extent. We're providing the evaluation so you can create an informed opinion. Function Strengths Weaknesses Legislating ·      Very thorough ·      Committees make detailed amendments ·      Efficient (w/ executive dominance) & bills passed with little opposition ·      Bill is checked by 2 … Continue reading Functions of Parliament, Put Simply

The Israel-Palestine Conflict, Put Simply

The Israel-Palestine Conflict is one of the most confusing areas of international affairs, at the heart of one of the most difficult to understand global regions. Putting together this instalment of #PoliticsPutSimply is helping us at TalkPolitics understand it as much as we hope it helps you. Get set, and #LetsTalkPolitics: National identity is one … Continue reading The Israel-Palestine Conflict, Put Simply

British Bill of Rights, Put Simply

Theresa May has already suggested that she will NOT be following through with her plans to instate a “British Bill of Rights” to replace the Human Rights Act. Originally, and during her campaign for the Conservative leadership, she was criticized for her plans and deemed to be “anti-human rights.” This is, by all intents and … Continue reading British Bill of Rights, Put Simply