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For News Review on 7 Aug 2018

Abortion referendum in IrelandAbortion referendum in Ireland

by Simon Belt

 

Last week the referendum on the 8th amendment to Ireland's constitution voted by a sizeable majority to repeal it. The details of how abortion in Ireland have yet to be finalised, but it looks like Ireland will begin to allow abortion for women under some circumstances in a year or two. This is great news for women in Ireland, women in general and the democratic process.

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World Cup in RussiaWorld Cup in Russia

by Rose Landthaller

 

With the World Cup in its final preparations will it all kick-off in Russia? The backdrop is a combination of footballers having to stand in as role models for a society that otherwise seems to have too few, and anti-Russian political sentiment growing across elites in the West.

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Empire WindrushWindrush: a ruddy nightmare!

by Simon Belt

 

Amber Rudd resigned from the Cabinet for 'inadvertently misleading the home affairs select committee', much to the glee of many in the Labour opposition. The big issue in the end was over whether she was aware or not of internal targets for removals of illegal immigrants being used within the Home Office. The backdrop to the issue though was the treatment of immigrants of the Windrush generation, including people losing the jobs, being denied free NHS services and including the deportation of some British citizens, because they didn't have the correct paperwork in place.

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Scrap the House of LordsScrap the House of Lords

by Simon Belt

 

The House of Lords has once again declared itself at odds with the process of democracy and seeking to overturn and thwart the will of the people who voted by a majority of 52% to 48% in favour of leaving the EU. The scrapping of the House of Lords is overdue and needs to be discussed openly as a course of action by all sides in favour of strengthening the democratic process in the UK. So why isn't it?

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First Tuesday current affairs discussion - Tuesday 1 May 7:00pm start FIRST TUESDAY News Review on 1 May 2018

The First Tuesdaydiscussions on current affairs aim to provide participants with a way of developing and testing our understanding of a range of current affairs topics; improving our journalistic capabilities so that we can write opinion or comment style articles for the regional or national media or blogs, respond with a thoughtful angle on radio chat shows, TV talk shows or maybe just have an interesting angle to respond with when discussing the news at work.

The topics selected for discussion this month are:

  • First topic introduced by Simon Belt

  • Second topic introduced by Jane Turner

Venue and Time

The Shakespeare Pub, 16 Fountain Street, Manchester, M2 2AA at 6:45pm for a 7:00pm start. There is a charge of 2.50 per person to cover costs incurred, which can be paid in advance by using the Eventbrite booking mechanism (see https://first-tuesday-may-2018.eventbrite.co.uk), PayPal Donate button on the left hand side of Manchester Salon website (feel free to donate on top of the 2.50 ticket), and can also be paid for on the night if booked in advance by Emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
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