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
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.
The following article from The Guardian's George Monbiot provides ample evidence of support for the view that far from widening access to power, pressure group activity often seeks to concentrate power in the hands of a tiny minority of privileged elites. This meticulously researched and referenced piece reveals very close connections between politicians, lobbyists, corporate… Continue reading Unit 1 – Pressure groups and Elitism
A rather interesting video report on Mosul from the Guardian... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5woZG9fQtqo
Here is a link to a fascinating documentary on nuclear weapons. It really is worth the time it takes to look at this for students following the Route D Global Politics option. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8g25uzB3rc
The US Senate will now have a fresh opportunity to consider the vacancy for the 9th Justice of SCOTUS after their inertia on considering and ratifying Obama's nomination Merrick Garland. President Trump has now decided to nominate Colorado federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch (widely seen as an originalist) who at 49, could serve and shape… Continue reading Unit 4C – The Supreme Court
Timothy Garton Ash on the Rise of Nationalism and its impact on global order. Click on the image to access the article
Excellent Interview with Jens Stoltenberg NATO Secretary General on the current security threats and challenges facing the alliance. Click on the screen grab to be redirected
Fascinating interview with William Perry who has spent six decades at the heart of the US Defense Establishment. Here he talks about his role in nuclear arms control. Click on the screen grab to listen.