Unit One Representation and Democracy Stoke and Copeland by-elections

These two by-elections have come at a difficult time for the Labour Party. Copeland in Cumbria has the Sellafield Nuclear plant as its biggest employer and Jeremy Corbyn's long standing opposition to nuclear power (as well as nuclear weapons) has probably been the single decisive factor in Labour losing to the Tories. Even a vigorous… Continue reading Unit One Representation and Democracy Stoke and Copeland by-elections

Unit 2 – Judicial Neutrality and Independence. What’s the difference?

Hi all I thought I would try to clear this up for those who are confused about the difference between independence and neutrality. It's not actually difficult but some precision is needed. The best way to think about it is to think of independence as freedom of the judiciary from outside interference whereas neutrality is concerned with… Continue reading Unit 2 – Judicial Neutrality and Independence. What’s the difference?

Unit 2 Judiciaries – Attacks on judges undermine law – Supreme Court president

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38986228 Justice Neuberger provides a robust and spirited defence of the independence and neutrality of the Supreme Court. Obviously this would be of value in adding it to any question on judicial independence and neutrality. It's also worth noting that the two concepts sometimes get confused. I'll post something soon that tries to help you… Continue reading Unit 2 Judiciaries – Attacks on judges undermine law – Supreme Court president

Brexit vote: Clive Lewis quits shadow cabinet as MPs back bill

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-38902484 Obviously a case study such as this reveals quite deep divisions within the Labour Party. In this context MPs are therefore torn between representing the party and supporting the leader or representing their constituents. In this case Clive Lewis felt he could not ignore the overwhelming support for remain within his constituency.