18th February 2015 | Politics
Since the English Reformation in the 16th century, the monarch has had the title “Defender of the faith” bestowed upon them during coronation. This tradition began with Henry VIII in 1521 for his support of Roman Catholicism. Now, in the 21st century, Prince Charles has expressed his desire to be known as the “Protector of the faiths”, but has recently compromised to “Defender of Faith”.
Our current monarch, Queen Elizabeth was sworn in as the Defender of the Faith in 1952, when a majority of the population were religious and largely Anglican. This is in contrast to the society we have now which is multi denominational. Prince Charles, by doing this, hopes to formally recognise Britain as a multi faith nation and to help combat any stereotypes against any particular religion. However, to do this, he would have to convince Parliament to rewrite the 1953 Royals Title Act, in order for this title to be officially recognised. However, I feel that Prince Charles with or without an official title should make it a priority to tackle the injustices each religion faces. In addition to that, the Coronation of a monarch is usually a traditional Anglican ceremony that takes place in Westminster Abbey. Prince Charles has also stated his wish for a second ceremony to be held after the traditional one for the other faiths, to highlight their importance in the modern British society. This would also require a change in legislation.
This is a daring move for the largely outspoken Prince which may anger some traditionalists; however it will allow the monarchy to connect deeper with the population. By having such a title, Prince Charles would have a responsibility to all faiths to combat radicalisation and extremists views, especially concerning Islam. There has been a debate about whether…
10th December 2014 | Politics
The blonde bimbo or the tough nanny, Tories will have to soon decide between Boris Johnson and Theresa May as the next Conservative party leader. Recent polling indicates Theresa May has 29% of support, her nearest competition being Boris on 18%. There may be other candidates, George Osbourne has a solid platform to run off having steered the UK from economic collapse, but he lacks the leadership ability and the likability to win over the party.
Boris is a funny guy. He brings a breath of fresh air to a political world that finds itself disconnected from the average person on the street. As Mayor of London his power share is enough to make him relevant and yet not enough to worry people. I am worried with allowing Boris to become PM. His bubbly personality is a vote getter and his far-right ideals are likely to please a party that feels Cameron may have taken it too far towards the centre. This is a recipe for a man who may not have the credentials to run this country becoming PM based on image and persona. A part of me would love to see Boris trip over the steps to No 10, but the consequences of such a vote could potentially be disastrous.
Then you have the Anti-Boris, Theresa May. Frankly, I don’t think Theresa May has the charisma or likability to win the leadership, but thats not why I deplore her. The job she’s done as Home secretary has not only destroyed her popularity in the public sector, but has seen her act against the law and be found guilty of contempt. Her backing of the European Arrest Warrant recently amplifies the notion that she is extremely out of…
4th December 2014 | Politics
George Osbourne stood in the Commons knowing the Tories needed a boost in the polls, and they needed it bad. For all the talk of crisis in the Labour party, most polls had them leading by 1 or 2 points. Osbourne knew this was the last chance to swing voters before the TV debates and with the Conservatives knowing they had to have more votes then they did in 2010 to win, he had to deliver.
His headline proposal was a Stamp Duty reform; the tax which you pay when purchasing a house. The idea is to make the tax more progressive, taxing the smaller houses less than the big ones. On the surface it’s not a policy that gets people out their seats but it’s going to get undecided voters in the working and middle classes who want to get on the housing ladder consider swinging to the Conservatives. In a way, this reform is the Tory-version of Labours proposed mansion tax, but it seems to have gone down well with voters as the Tories went from a point down to a point up over Labour after the proposal was announced according to YouGov polls.
The way the Tories have framed this reform it is isn’t viewed as aggressively Socialist as the Mansion Tax but still hopes to get working class support, and whether you see it as a giveaway budget or not, it may well be the boost they needed.
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