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The Honours System, Put Simply

The honours system has existed for centuries, and served to recognise “people who have: made achievements in public life [and/or] committed themselves to serving and helping Britain”. The honours system has entered the media realm again recently, as speculation over a knighthood for Nigel Farage grows. Although the granting of honours is well publicised, few … Continue reading The Honours System, Put Simply

Northern Ireland Elections, Put Simply

The recent snap election in Northern Ireland gave Sinn Féin a tactical advantage over the Unionist party, their former coalition partners. A republican majority now outnumbers a unionist presence in Stormont for the first time. The election was called after a renewable energy scandal engulfed the government. A republican majority government raises questions on whether … Continue reading Northern Ireland Elections, Put Simply

Rail Re-nationalisation, Put Simply

From 1994 to 1997, John Major’s government privatised the British rail network, following the 1993 Railways Act. Twenty years on, the idea of renationalising the railways is a fiercely contested issue, with the 2015 Labour manifesto containing a plan for partial renationalisation and the current Labour leader in favour of full renationalisation. But what would … Continue reading Rail Re-nationalisation, Put Simply

House of Lords, Put Simply

The House of Lords is the upper chamber of Parliament, currently composed of 805 individuals, none of whom have been elected. All these people have either been appointed by the monarch, are the current holders of a hereditary peerage or are one of 26 senior Church of England bishops. Although it was established in the … Continue reading House of Lords, Put Simply

Globalisation, 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. Globalisation is a widely used word in that is often misunderstood or unclear to a large proportion … Continue reading Globalisation, Put Simply

The Chancellor, Put Simply

The Chancellor and Under-Treasurer of the Her Majesty’s Exchequer and Second Lord Commissioner of the Treasury is commonly known as The Chancellor of the Exchequer, who is the head of the Treasury with full responsibility for all Economic and Financial policy matters in the United Kingdom. The current Chancellor is Philip Hammond. The main duty … Continue reading The Chancellor, Put Simply

Alt-Right, Put Simply

Since Richard B. Spencer coined the term in 2010, the Alt-Right (or Alternative Right) have provided a steady stream of headlines, and articles.....but what is the Alt-Right, who are they, and what do they stand for? What is the Alt-Right? The Alt-Right (or Alternative Right) is a political movement primarily based online, that seeks to … Continue reading Alt-Right, Put Simply

French Election, Put Simply

This year, 5 candidates are vying for the chance to lead the French nation. The first round of the presidential election will take place on 23rd April 2017. Unless one candidate wins an overwhelming majority vote, which is highly unlikely, the two leading candidates after this first round will face off on May 7th in … Continue reading French Election, Put Simply

Referenda, Put Simply

Referendums appear to have become increasingly popular in the political world. Since 1973 there have been eleven referendums held in the UK, ranging from issues of devolution to constitutional change. What is a referendum? In a referendum the electorate vote on a public issue or on specific questions. These votes tend to surround constitutional questions, … Continue reading Referenda, Put Simply

Unemployment, Put Simply

Economics terms 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. Unemployment can simply be defined as “when someone who is ready, willing and available to work at … Continue reading Unemployment, Put Simply

National Health Service, Put Simply

Since its inception in 1948, the NHS has been a cornerstone of British Society, and something upon which many pride this country on. The NHS was born out of a long-held ideal that good healthcare should be available to all, regardless of their wealth. Since coming into the position of Secretary of State for Health … Continue reading National Health Service, Put Simply

Logan Act, Put Simply

Why is this relevant? In the past week, Donald Trump’s security advisor submitted a sudden resignation letter after less than a month in the job. The resignation of Michael Flynn came after allegations that he had conducted US diplomacy with Russia before he came into office. He reportedly had a phone call with Russian diplomats which … Continue reading Logan Act, Put Simply

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