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Hyer's Highlights: The Commonwealth

11th April 2018 | Politics

Hyer's Highlights: The Commonwealth

The Commonwealth of Nations, formerly known as the British Commonwealth, is an intergovernmental organisation of 53 member-states that are mostly former territories of the British Empire.

Currently, they are competing in the Commonwealth Games on the East Coast of Australia, and that is going ahead without any political commotion.

The problem is that, despite the splendour of the Commonwealth Games, there is not a great deal of demand for the continuation of the Commonwealth.

Recently, reports in India, Nigeria and Jamaica explored what the old fellowship meant to young people from those countries, and it concluded that it meant absolutely nothing. Rather than being a profound union, it is for them an antiqued organisation representing a colonialist era and having zero impact on significant foreign policy.

It may still mean something to Brexiteers, who see the Commonwealth as Britain’s next trading area, however nearly every Commonwealth country opposed Brexit, and Leavers would be deluded to hope that old imperial patterns replace current EU trade.

On his Sunday radio show, Benji Hyer was cynical and sceptical of the need for the Commonwealth, but listener Matthew provided a more optimistic twist.

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Benji Hyer on the Commonwealth

Benji Hyer responds to listener Matthew who is optimistic about the need to have the Commonwealth. (4 minutes)

Hyer's Highlights: Australian Cricket Scandal

2nd April 2018 | Politics

Hyer's Highlights: Australian Cricket Scandal

Australia cricket captain Steve Smith and vice-skipper David Warner have been banned for a year and suspended from captaining Australia for at least the next two years for ball-tampering.

Cameron Bancroft has also given a nine-month ban and will not be considered for "any team leadership positions in the future" for carrying out the cheating in South Africa last week.

An investigation confirmed that Bancroft, under the instruction of Smith and Warner, used sandpaper to damage the ball and change its condition during the third Test against South Africa. It found Smith and Bancroft had made "misleading public comments" when claiming that it had actually been yellow tape instead.

Andy Pycroft, who is on the elite panel of international cricket match referees, declared that carrying a "foreign object on to the field of play with the intention of changing the condition of the ball to gain an unfair advantage over your opponent is against not only the laws, but against the spirit of the game as well". It is inconclusive as to whether the ball-tampering was a feature of Australia's Ashes win against England.

Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was quick to call the affair bitterly disappointing for "the whole nation". And upon hearing the extent of his punishment for this alleged cheating, former captain Steve Smith broke down in tears during his press conference, whilst batsman David Warner says he is "resigned to the fact" that he may never play for Australia again after his part in the ball-tampering scandal.

On his Sunday radio show, Benji Hyer spoke to Australian student and cricket enthusiast Jo Friedman, calling from Melbourne, to give his insight and perspective into the controversy, and whether the punishment was proportional.

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Hyer's Highlights: Antisemitism in Labour (Part 2)

2nd April 2018 | Politics

Hyer's Highlights: Antisemitism in Labour (Part 2)

Another row about anti-Semitism has engulfed the Labour Party this week.

It was prompted by Jeremy Corbyn's comments on an allegedly anti-Semitic mural posted on Facebook in 2012. The mural peddled the conspiracy that Jews controlled the world; yet, in his comments, Corbyn appeared to oppose the mural's removal, providing a supportive message to the creator.

The Labour leader has since apologised for not paying enough attention the mural's content, however this is not the first time that he has faced calls to deal with anti-Semitism in recent years.

The Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Jewish Leadership Council sent a letter to Jeremy Corbyn, telling him that "enough is enough". They encouraged Jews across London to attend a rally on Monday 26th August in Parliament Square, calling for Corbyn to root out anti-Semitism within the Labour party.

Many Labour MPs were in attendance. On the day of the rally, Corbyn replied in a letter of his own that he will "not tolerate any form of anti-Semitism that exists in or around the Labour party and movement", acknowledging that "anti-Semitism has surfaced within" pockets of the Labour Party, and adding that he is "committed to eliminating anti-Semitism wherever it exists".

W!ZARD Radio Station was unable to speak to a representative from the Board of Deputies of British Jews or the Jewish Leadership Council because staff from both organisations were observing the holy Jewish festival of Passover.

Instead, on his Sunday radio show, Benji Hyer was joined by Joe Woolf, another passionate attendee of the rally.

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Benji Hyer interviews Joe Woolf

Benji Hyer interviews Joe Woolf, another passionate attendee of the rally. (7 minutes)