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Joseph Perry’s News Crunch: ABC Easy as 123

29th August 2015 | Politics

Joseph Perry’s News Crunch: ABC Easy as 123
What’s the story?
Labour moderates and modernisers have mounted one last push to keep veteran left-winger Jeremy Corbyn away from the party’s leadership position.

They believe victory for Corbyn will consign Labour to defeat in 2020.

Figures including New Labour architect Lord Mandelson have been chairing intense negotiations between representatives of the other candidates in the leadership race. However, so far, attempts to slow the Corbyn surge have proved to be unsuccessful.

Mandelson is believed to have asked Liz Kendall, Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper to simultaneously withdraw from the leadership ballot over concerns that the contest has been ‘infiltrated’ by members of Britain’s far-left, including communists parties.

While Corbyn has stated that he only wants Labour supporters to vote for him, members of the Green Party, SNP, UKIP, and the Conservatives have encouraged their contemporaries to take part - the latter of whom believe they are voting for Labour’s weakest candidate, thereby maximising Conservative chances in the next General Election.

Labour maintain that they will remove ‘entryists’ when located, even if that is retrospectively. Mandelson’s plan is alleged to have failed when party chief informed the candidates that their withdrawal would result in the coronation of Corbyn, without any need for the contest to be suspended.

Away from the dimly lit rooms of Westminster, Labour activists have encouraged fellow members to vote for ABC; anyone but Corbyn.

The contest uses the Alternative Vote (AV) method, which allows voters to rank the candidates rather than vote for just a single one.

If first preferences have been tallied and none of the four candidates have over 50% of the vote, the last placed one will be eliminated and the second preferences of their supporters counted. This process is completed until a candidate…

Unemployment Rates

26th August 2015 | Politics

Unemployment Rates
The UK’s unemployment rate has risen. It is now at 1.85 million. In the April to June period there was a rise of 15,000 on the previous quarter. Overall in the last 12 months unemployment has risen by 354,000.

This has been the first time in two years that the unemployment figures have increased, so what are the causes and the effects?

One of the causes may be the 12% rise in the number of EU nationals that have moved to the UK to work. One of the problems of the free movement of people in the EU is exactly that, free movement of people means that anyone can come to the country and look for work, if they don’t find work they are listed on the unemployment figures. Of course EU nations can also be very positive for unemployment figures if they fill the gap in the highly skilled jobs like doctors, who are in desperate need in the NHS to fulfill the shortfall. But ultimately more people without a growth in the numbers of jobs available means the figure will rise.

This is different to the system to Australia, where the prospect person needs to have a job secured already, some believe the UK should implement this method to control immigration depending on the result of the EU referendum. Another contributing factor may be the schooling system in the UK, as the world job market becomes more and more competitive, a good education is very important to give young people a good chance.

The education system needs to be able to suit everyone, the high achievers, which we seem to be able to support well, with more young people heading for the top universities, but also provide more apprenticeships to help those who want…

Migrant Crisis

26th August 2015 | Politics

Migrant Crisis
Europe has become refuge for thousands of people fleeing their native homes of Libya, Afghanistan and Syria, to name just a few.

They have come to Europe in the hope of finding a better life for them and their families, away from the dangers of war, famine and crime. Most have traveled for days over land and sea risking their lives everyday to reach the promised safety of Europe. But once they are here, is it what they were expecting?

To get to safety of Europe the migrants are using normally tired old fishing boats controlled by people smugglers in their countries, most of the time paying all their savings to do so, and arriving most of the time in Greece and Italy, or that is the plan.

Some of these boats sink out at sea, meaning that the Greece or Italian authorities have to start a rescue operation to try and save the lives of as many as they can, unfortunately not all can be saved and the death toll is very high.

They arrive after their frightening, dangerous journey to land in countries which are experiencing their own problems, that can’t afford or have the space to take and support extra people, for example Greece.

If they survive the journey, the Greek authorities have no way of being able to keep them all safe and give them homes and jobs. Greece at the moment can’t afford to pay its own people with the current Greek crisis still ongoing, but a debt locked country is better than a war torn nation.

The migrants want to claim asylum in the country they feel safest, this can be a lengthy process which can take years for a decision to be made. While they wait for…