Read Part I here: http://www.nupoliticalunion.com/blog/fratricide-and-a-bacon-sandwich-a-recent-history-of-the-british-labour-party-part-i
After Ed Miliband’s controversial victory in the leadership contest of 2010, Labour made some key changes to their party rules before the 2015 contest. Namely, the party moved to a one member, one vote system where, well, each member got one vote. MPs and unions now had just as much voting power as someone who paid £3 online to get to vote.
In late March, Congress passed the CARES Act, a comprehensive $2 trillion stimulus package to aid an American economy reeling from coronavirus protection measures. As businesses have shuttered and Covid-19 case numbers have skyrocketed, the United States has seen nearly 30 million new unemployment claims over the last month and daily falls in the Dow Jones Industrial Average of up to -13%. These are unprecedented figures. Consequently, Individual industries, like air travel and meat processing, have asked the government for bailout money as they struggle to stay liquid.
The question before us on Monday evening at 7pm CST (we hope you’ll join us—check our Facebook for a Zoom link!) is whether the government should engage in bailouts to big businesses like these, in principle.
In May of 2010, the Labour Party relinquished control of the British government after 13 years in office. Consequently, the party's leader, Gordon Brown, stepped down from his position. Here, we shall begin our story of Labour’s ten long years out of power.
Hello everyone! For the debate tomorrow, I have written some summaries of a few different countries’ approaches to coronavirus lockdowns, so you can see how they have fared.
Today, another story you might have missed: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was indicted on March 26th, along with several other officials within his government, on charges including narco-terrorism, conspiracy to import cocaine into the United States, and the use of deadly weapons in furtherance of narco-terrorist efforts. Venezuela’s Chief Supreme Court Justice, vice president for the economy, and Minister of Defense were among others charged in three separate indictments, the result of an investigation by the DEA and federal prosecutors in South Florida and New York.
Today we want to introduce to you our newest form of programming: the State of the Union blog. We understand that a lot of content is best consumed on-demand, and in times like these, in the comfort of your self-quarantine. Our blog will be at least a bi-weekly one, and we hope to cover as many of the political subjects that you’re used to seeing in our Monday night debates--this means everything from electoral politics to climate change, but also prominent Northwestern campus issues as they arise.
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