Tag Archives: Conservative Party

Facing commons defeat, May returns to Europe

I talk to politics teacher Frank Hardee about why Theresa May’s Brexit deal is so unpopular, what the PM may achieve by postponing the vote at the last minute and returning to Europe, and what happens next.

Running time: 31m
Recorded: 10 December 2018

Podcast copyright: CC BY 4.0

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Have we reached peak inequality?

I talk to Professor Danny Dorling of Oxford University about his new book – Peak Inequality: Britain’s ticking time bomb. Have we reached peak inequality? And what level of inequality is acceptable or desirable?

Running time: 56m

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Oxford City Council election 2018 – The Conservatives, part 2 of 2

This is the second of two podcasts with Tim Patmore, Conservative candidate for the Barton and Sandhills ward in the Oxford City Council election on 3 May 2018. In this episode we discuss the issues facing the ward and how these could be tackled, new local government models for Oxfordshire, and the longstanding issue of housing in the city.

Running time: 28m

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Empire Windrush: can we see your papers?

You’ve never felt the cold on your legs. You’re a child on a boat. It’s 1968. The colonial mother country needs your parent’s labour. Despite the talk of “rivers of blood”, they heed the call.

The years pass. You’re British, you can’t remember your country of birth. School, work, marriage, kids. Life happens and you’ve got used to the cold.

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Oxford City Council election 2018 – The Conservatives, part 1 of 2

This is the first of two podcasts with Tim Patmore, Conservative candidate for Barton and Sandhills in the Oxford City Council election on 3 May 2018. In this episode we discuss Tim’s background in politics and the current central government approach to local government, including the recent collapse of the Conservative controlled Northamptonshire County Council.

Running time: 30m

Podcast copyright: CC BY 4.0

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Markets good, government quite good too

Ten years on from the global financial crisis – and the government bailouts that saved the financial system from collapse –  the UK Prime Minister gave a speech at the Bank of England, extolling the virtues of free markets.

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May’s election gamble ends in drift and division

Conservative or Labour? In our first-past-the-post system this was the binary choice on offer to the British people on 8 June. Theresa May spelt it out for us on the day she called the election.

“It is a choice between me and Jeremy Corbyn. Britain simply will not get the right Brexit deal if we have the drift and division of a hung parliament.”

Theresa May, 18 Apr 2017

No one was expecting the “drift and division of a hung parliament.” The Conservatives, 20 points ahead in the polls, were looking for a thumping majority to do Brexit their way. The local election results on 4 May reinforced Conservative dominance. With talk of Labour being decimated, their first priority was survival. A one-party state was more likely than a hung parliament.

Yet here we are today, in a hung parliament, embarking on Brexit talks to negotiate our departure from the EU. So, what happened?

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What does Theresa May stand for?

Theresa May is heading for a big victory on 8 June, judging by the polls and local election results. What the British people will get from a Conservative government depends largely on one key question: what does Theresa May stand for?

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Are the Conservatives privatising the NHS?

“Strong and stable leadership” has been the mantra of Theresa May and the Conservatives since the election was called on 18 April, with minimal discussion of policies so far, including health. However, the importance and popularity of the NHS means that it is nearly always a key election issue, as we saw in the 2016 EU referendum.

Increasingly the service is referred to as “our” NHS, reflecting its standing as a universal public service that we all contribute to and benefit from. A key concern in recent years is that the NHS is being privatised by the Conservatives, risking a shift from services driven by medical need to services focussed on company profits.

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The economics and politics of austerity

Theresa May has called a snap general election. Austerity has been the central policy of Conservative-led governments since 2010. This post looks at the economic and political dimensions of austerity, and Theresa May’s position on the policy.

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Austerity cuts and their impact

In 2010, the Conservative-led government, under David Cameron, introduced a new “long term economic plan”, commonly known as austerity, to reduce the national debt by cutting government spending. This post looks at some of the cuts that have been made, their impact, and whether Theresa May is continuing with the Cameron budget plans.

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Economic reform: government steps up, not back

With a focus on inequality, this post looks at the UK economy in the recent past, the current state of affairs, and the general direction we may be heading in under Theresa May.

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Theresa May: church, state, and party

Who is Theresa May and what does she stand for? Does she represent a break from the Cameron government or a continuation of it? Can she reduce inequality in society?

This post looks at May’s background, experience, and influences, her pledge to tackle inequality, and comparisons with David Cameron.

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An ideology that undervalues the common good

In a recent speech Barack Obama talked about “an ideology that undervalues the common good.” He is referring to an ideology that came to prominence in the UK and the US and has underpinned politics and economics in Britain and America for the past 35 years. Its concepts have become mainstream ideas and it is now the dominant economic theory taught in universities. This post is a brief outline of the development and impact of the ideology, followed by some examples of its renewed influence in Britain in recent years.

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