I am excited to bring Happy Alex to the stage with a Q&A on current British politics from a liberal point of view. I’ll be asking the questions, and she’ll be answering them.
Ariana: What parties are liberal and conservative parties in the U.K.? ~hands over the mic~
Alex: More liberal politcs is considered ‘left-wing’ whilst more conservative politics is considered ‘right wing’ At the far end of right wing politics you have parties such as the BNP (Britsh National Party) an undeniably racist party, then you have UKIP (UK Independance Party) that have very strong views on things such as immigaration, then it’s the Conservatives or ‘Tories’ your traditional right wing party currently in power. In terms of left wing politics, the Liberal Democrats sit in the middle (but kind of lean to the Tories) and then there’s Labour. Labour is orginally a left wing party, but ‘new labour’ is more right wing, whilst quite simply ‘labour’ is more left wing. Far left parties in the UK include the Green party and the SNP (Scottish National Party)
Did that make ANY sense? No? Okay.
Oh yeah and by the way, in general I support Labour under Jeremy Corbyn (not new labour) and the Green Party.
Ariana: A short explanation on the current things happening in U.K. politics?
Alex: Firstly there’s the EU Referdum. Basically, the UK is delibearting leaving the European Union, which means we won’t really be part of Europe anymore. It’s super complicated and I can’t start to explain what’s going on, but our Prime Minister (David Cameron) is campaigning to stay, whilst half of his party is campaigning to leave, which has caused a huge divide in the party.
The other big thing happening in UK politics is the Budget (basically what our chancellor, George Osbourne, is going to spend our money on this year and how he’s going to generate that money) and the most controversial thing in this year’s budget is CUTS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITES. That caused a lot of uproar and actually caused a member of the Tory party to resign in protest (Iain Duncan Smith) The labour party also slayed George Osbourne about his pretty crappy budget in the house of commons recently, you should have seen his face.
Was that brief? There’s also things like the strike of junior doctors, the tax on fizzy drinks etc but I think I need to stop.
Ariana: What is your prime minister’s stance on affairs such as the Migrant Crisis?
Alex: David Cameron is someone who is definately trying to control immigration in his own conservative way, but he’s not particulary nortorious for cracking down on immigrants either. The classic conservtive mantra is for ‘hard working British families’ and when arguing anything this is pretty much always slipped into his speech. In terms of immigration he is worried that it will have a negative impact on ‘harding working British families’ and has tried to control immigration. More right wing politics is known for being made of rich, white buisness men, with the stereotypical rich, white businessmen mentality, so I wouldn’t say David Cameron is the most liberal on this subject.
Ariana: What is your stance on the Migrant Crisis?
Alex: I recognize that one tiny island can’t hold all the people in the world, but I honestly feel that people are so undeducated on the benefits of immigration. Immigration has enriched our society and our economy, by providing our workforce with skills we would otherwise not have. And when blaming immigrants for stealing our jobs, remember our unemployment crisis is not because of immigration, but because Margret Thatcher destroyed all our industries, leaving our working class unemplyed in lonely, devestated towns. Also let’s all remind ourselves why people migrate from their country. I’m very lucky to live in a stable and rich county, most of the world’s population doesn’t have that luxury and no wonder they choose to move here. I think even though immigration can become an issue, most people don’t like the idea of immigration, because they feel uncomfortable with the idea of a Mosque being built in a quiet, English village.
Ariana: How could U.K. foreign and domestic policy be different?
Alex: I don’t know that much about the UK’s foreign policy and it’s something I need to learn more about. I’m not going to say too much about it, because I’m fairly uneducated on the subject. If we could stop making dirty nuclear deals with China that would be nice though, also I completely disagree with bombing Syria.
Domestic policies, that’s a huge spectrum. We need a better mental healthcare system, particulary for young people and more pastoral care systems in school. I’m not sure if this quite fits under domestic policies, but I would appreciate it if the government sorted out the pay gap between men and women too. I was unaware I was living in Victorian England. There’s obviously a huge unemplyoment problem at the root of poverty and I would like this to be tacked too. There’s a lot to talk about actually and I’ll save all this for discussion to a later date.
Thank you so much for having me this week, hopefully I didn’t send any of you to sleep! I’m so excited to set up this wonderful project alongside Ariana and I hope we can all have some really cool discussions about the policies that effect us as young people.
Thank you so much for reading,