Category: Politics

Pandemic Python

Yvonne Wancke

Pandemic Python have been a great success and in the words of one Jesmond resident: “Niceness breeds niceness”

Gis’ a Job

Peter Benson
The jobs market is tough even bar jobs are hard to get. Photo by Louis Hansel on unsplash

Virtually every day, fresh job loss announcements are made: some national such as EasyJet, Boots, Marks & Spencer and Intu, some local like Nissan and De La Rue.

Hyper local news with Hexham TV

Peter Woods

many local stories were going unreported in traditional media channels. I decided that by using video and social media these stories could be told in a new and engaging way.

Populism

Julie Ward

Defining populism is not easy. It is simplistic and doesn’t address complexities. Populists seem to be against everything and for nothing.

Of Mice and Men…And Me

Janine Birkett
Janine Birkett photo

Before Covid, I might have been out of a job, but I was secure in the knowledge that the industry supporting me was carrying on existing, producing wonderful work, contributing almost £13 million to the UK economy every hour. I could expect future work. In short, I had hope.

Race hate over Redcar

A S Hunter

‘Black Lives Matter’ is a response to racial inequality, ‘White Lives Matter’ is the name of an American neo-nazi group, and the phrase is unashamedly racist, and white supremacist.

Rule Britanniagrad

David Hardman
House of Commons and Moscow montage.

Interference by Russia in our democracy must be stopped. If it isn’t, we really will become a vassal state and we will no longer rule Britannia.

Dear Nissan Workers

Louise Brown
Local resident protesting outside Nissan plant

I grew up from around the corner of this factory and can just about remember the excitement of it being built here to save the area from economic disaster after the pits closed.

Crime control after Brexit

Colin Gordon

Failure for the UK to get access to the EU crime databases would probably move from a current average of six days to get criminal convictions to 60 days.

The North East’s ERG

Sally Young
Gateshead Quays including Sage and Baltic photo by Paula Smart

The North East Covid-19 Economic Response Group (or ERG), could shift to put wellbeing, tackling inequalities and climate change at our core.

UK OneWeb: Cummings’ space oddity?

John Jacobson

In December 2018, after a period of failed negotiations with the EU, Theresa May’s government issued a press release which confirmed that the UK would not use the European global positioning system ‘Galileo’ for defence or critical national infrastructure after Brexit. Instead, it would explore options to build its own satellite system which would help […]

No to No-Deal Brexit at Nissan, Sunderland

Yvonne Wancke
Protesters at the Angel of the North

A group of concerned local residents from the North East are planning a socially distanced protest outside the Nissan factory in Sunderland (Washington). The group will call on the government to reject a No Deal Brexit as members are worried that this would risk jobs and seriously damage the economy. The protest will take place […]

Keep the Lockdown community spirit in onward fight against Islamophobia

Emily Horner

A report published by Tell MAMA, UK Islamophobia Hate Crime Service, and Newcastle University has concluded that the community spirit shown throughout lockdown needs to be retained to improve relations between different groups in the North East. ‘Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim hatred in the North East’ surveyed 111 people of various faiths and backgrounds from the […]

Experts… Let’s phone a friend!

Kirsty McTear

A nation state and its international relations are in many ways as complicated as the workings of our modern mobile phone, perhaps even more so. The interactions of one policy may have far-reaching consequences for other branches of government not directly related to the original policy.

Mandatory face masks in Scotland

Giuseppe Bignardi
Nicola Sturgeon wore this face mask by Slanj Scotland that supports the Homelessness Charity Shelter Scotland.

Divergence from Boris Johnson appears to have reduced the number of infections in Scotland As from the 10 July 2020 the wearing of face covering inside shops is mandatory in Scotland. The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, has not refrained from being seen wearing a face mask, unlike the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson […]

Absolute ‘socially distanced’ Cabaret in Sunderland

Helen Wilson
Absolute Cabaret perform socially distanced in care homes

If someone had told me four months ago that Absolute Cabaret would be putting a show together without actually seeing each other in person until the day of the show, rehearsing everything online and then not being able to get closer than two metres to each other on the day of the show, I would […]

Good Neighbours in Byker

Yvonne Wancke
Byker Mutual Aid banner

The beginning of lockdown saw a huge number of Covid-19 Mutual Aid groups spring up around the country. One of the first such groups to get started in Newcastle was Byker, an area close to the city centre. I talked to Silvie Fisch, local resident and group member to find out more. “The group was initiated […]

Farmers and tractors against No Deal

Richard Henson
Campaigner with Don't pander to low food standards placard

Prior to the 2016 referendum, the National Farmers Union (NFU) recommended their members vote to remain in the European Union. In spite of this, 53% of farmers were more swayed by the Leave campaign and voted to leave the EU. No one really knew exactly what ‘Leave’ meant at that stage.  The talk of complete separation […]

Jacob Young’s bad hair day

Scott Hunter
Jacob Young MP's Haircut

Redcar and Cleveland MP tweets out a joke about his new haircut, and gets back more than he bargained for. It’s turning out to be an entertaining week for Redcar MP Jacob Young. It started last Saturday with him getting his first bought haircut in three months. He was so pleased with it that he […]

A troubled birthday for the NHS

Giuseppe Bignardi
The trade bill still includes the NHS in it. Our NHS is not for sale.

The NHS came to life on 5th July 1948. This year’s birthday celebration occurred at a difficult time, just after the first wave of coronavirus. Things are not going to get easier: there is already a huge backlog of elective and cancer care, as well as the risk of a second wave of coronavirus in […]

Stay Frosty

Neil Taylor
Ice melting by Jay mantri

We simply cannot ignore the greatest threat to us all. A lot has been said and written about humankind-generated, now often called anthropogenic, climate change. While many people are concerned about this, some are sceptical or deny its reality, preferring to think of it as a conspiracy and/or an anti-western/capitalist anarchistic plot. As an astronomer […]

It is not a choice between saving lives and saving the economy

Giuseppe Bignardi
Doctor wearing a mask

The Westminster government has announced the reopening of more venues, the end of shielding for vulnerable individuals and the reduction of the safe distance from two metres to ‘one metre plus’. Are these the right measures and is this the right time? A recently published study (The Lancet, 1st June 2020) has shown that reducing the […]

The state of our leaders

Robina Jacobson
Kanchenjunga South Peak, India

We need state leaders from state schools  Sixty-five years ago, Joe Brown a twenty-four-year-old plumber from Manchester, was invited to join the first successful expedition to ascend Kanchenjunga. He was told that all equipment and expenses would be funded by the expedition; all he needed was £20 pocket money. Brown said later: “I couldn’t tell […]

Parler with trolls

Joanne Oliver
Warning Trolls sign

‘New’ Twitter gives voice to the same old bots and trolls I am interested in politics because everything we experience is political. We are living through a pandemic where each government has handled it differently, their politics and priorities determining their choices. Looking at the statistics we can see whose methods have worked well and […]

A mirror to ourselves

Kirsty McTear
An Ape

I don’t know about you, but I have never been too keen on monkeys and apes. I have of course watched them on wildlife documentaries and seen them in zoos, but they have never been my favourites. There is something about them which I find off-putting, quite simply put: they are just a bit too […]