Weekly Round Up: 49% think PM should resign, the TV debate, International News and more.

It has been another turbulent week for Theresa May as she aims to persuade the population and the House of Commons to back her deal. The ever more pragmatic shadow-chancellor shows why Labour truly are a government in waiting and TPN brings you the latest polling news.

BBC vs ITV

TPN brings you news on an original topic this week, Brexit… I joke of course. This is the news that ITV and the BBC have both bid to televise the leaders debate on Mrs May’s deal. Unsurprisingly, Theresa May has chosen the BBC as her preferred broadcaster with Jeremy Corbyn favouring the opposite.

The BBC has been involved in a series of allegations over bias, including over high-paid stars such as Andrew Neil, where he recently called a fellow journalist a ‘Crazy cat woman’ over a story which proved to be true. The host of Radio 4’s Today programme John Humphrey has come under increased scrutiny. His seemingly deliberate naivety and lack of drive to question statements that are seemingly false about Brexit, has led to the Today programme shredding listeners, (800,000 year on year.) Finally, Question Time has come under severe criticism for the over representation of UKIP MEPs on their panel.

Earlier this year, I discussed in greater depth the decline of the BBC, and the crisis that was unfolding at the public broadcaster.

The leader of the Labour party joked that the BBC debate clashed with the final of I’m a Celebrity, he has some valid concerns at the BBC hosting. Ultimately though, the host of the debate and their willingness to challenge the soundbites from Mrs May and probe beyond simple rhetoric would provide the British public with the best opportunity to formulate a decision on the matter of Brexit.

John McDonnell and Labour

For years we have waited for Labour to redesign itself as a professional political party, or in other words a Government in waiting. His composure and style in his recent interviews with the BBC, Financial Times and the Guardian over the past two weeks, have revealed a new side to the Shadow Chancellor, an individual showing pragmatism on a variety of issues.

Long known as the brains behind the duo, gone are policies such as nationalising the banking system, McDonnell though may not be as extreme in his proposals, but they are radical none the less.

He briefed the Guardian, that Labour have started to consult civil servants on how to implement policies, and all departments are now re-writing their manifesto commitments in full. Nationalisation of water and the railways are high on the agenda, he revealed however, that the electricity network has been put on hold, as Labour consult European nations about projects that have spawned local companies to take ownership. Further still, reforming the structures of companies to give power back to the people, executive pay and an end to austerity will formulate key issues in their next manifesto.

Finally, McDonnell has revealed that Labour will not rule out a people’s vote, as the chances of a general election decline. The waiting game is over, as the Tory’s implode over Brexit, Labour must cease their opportunity. Paul Mason channelled his inner Napoleon in early September, when he said that, ‘When the enemy is in disarray you should send in the cavalry pronto.’ Labour are on the cusp of executing their strategy over EU membership, it is time to deliver.

The Percentage News (TPN)

In the polls this week:

Survation:

Labour have taken a 5% lead ahead of the Conservatives, given that Survation correctly predicted the 2017 General Election correctly, this may have some weight.

49% of the public now say Theresa May should resign, in contrast to 38% who think she should soldier on.

London School of Economics:

A study from London School of Economics of over 20,000 participants has revealed that those worst hit by austerity-induced welfare reforms were most likely to switch to vote Leave in 2017.

Ipsos Mori:

Concern about crime has risen to its highest levels since the riots of 2011.

73% of Britons believe that investing in infrastructure is key to our future prosperity, while 58% feel that not enough is being done to alleviate concerns about infrastructure needs.

International News

TPN will be covering the latest revelations on Deutsche Bank on Friday afternoon. The troubled bank has been implicated in the Panama Papers and on Thursday 29th of November, 170 officers and prosecutors searched 6 Deutsche Bank offices in and around Frankfurt.

Trump has cancelled his meeting with Putin at the G20 in Argentina, a token gesture given that the Russian’s still have sailors and ships captive. The breakdown of the international order is certainly concerning to some and the lack of action from large nations, will not have gone unnoticed in Russia.

As many commentators have pointed out, Putin has long provoked countries in order to gauge the reaction of fellow leaders. The fact that several days have now passed without military intervention, given the breakdown in diplomacy is worrying at best. If, Russia are planning a land invasion, the strength of the alliance between the US and Europe will be severely tested, given the conflict of interest on the other side of the Atlantic.

Railways:

Ticket price’s will rise by an average of 3.1%. The Director of the Rail Delivery Group when interrogated about the price increases this morning, given the decrease in punctuality and abysmal rolling stock, told to us to look on the bright side, as 8 out of 10 trains arrive to their destination on time…

Good News:

It was revealed this week that for the first time ever, developing countries added more clean energy capacity than fossils fuels.

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Seb Chromiak

I was born 09.10.1997, I currently study Economics and Politics at the University of Manchester and have an interest in Neo-liberalism, Russian Politics and Current Affairs.

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