Europe 10 June 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48500336 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel It is all change at the heart of the EU, and the key role of Commission president is up for grabs as Jean-Claude Juncker prepares to pass the … [Read more...] about Who is in the running for EU’s big job?
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Conservatism is the dominant politics of the modern world. Even when rightwing parties are not in power, conservative ideas and policies set the shape of society and the economy. Ever since the transformative 1980s governments of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher – with their new fusion of disruptive capitalism and social traditionalism – the assumption in Britain, the US and far beyond has been that conservatism is the default setting of democratic politics. Even when other parties have been in office, leaders such as Tony Blair and Bill Clinton have continued with the conservative project of privatising the state and deregulating business. For decades, armies of rightwing activists – with rich financial backers and many allies in the media – have successfully spread and entrenched conservative ideas. Many of conservatism’s opponents have come to expect that, somehow, it will always prevail. Despite the spectacular failure of Theresa May’s … [Read more...] about ‘A zombie party’: the deepening crisis of conservatism
Each candidate in the forthcoming Stoke-on-Trent City Council elections has been given 150 words to introduce themselves to enable you to make up your mind when it comes to who gets your vote on May 2. If candidates went over, they were cut back. So, take a look at what each candidate had to say here.... (* = previously elected). Abbey Hulton and Townsend (two seats) Mel Baddeley (City Independents) “I believe that everyone matters, everyone has a story, a past, and a future and a reason to exist... but with all the government’s cuts.. it’s caused the implementation of food banks... depression, anxiety and in some cases suicide. "I live in my ward, and every day I’m out there listening to all the problems and issues that all my residents have to cope with. They know I’m there for them and I will do everything within my power to help. "I’m involved with a lot of my local residents’ groups, and we have a lot of community minded people. In fact we … [Read more...] about Local elections: An introduction to the candidates
Apparently not, and novelist Jane Ryan would almost certainly agree with Bradbury; she has just published her novel, 47 Seconds, a police procedural, and a bit like Bradbury, it all started with her principal character, Garda Bridget Harney. "I always had this character inside me, banging around," Jane says. "Would I put her in a love story or a story with sisters? But no, the stories were never to her liking. She's very real to me, I have 45,000 words on her back story, how she'll react in any given situation. Then when I put her in a police procedural, a light went off in my head - and in her head." If Jane sounds slightly daft - differentiating between her head and that of her character - she's anything but. She is a bubbly, warm, and entertaining mother of two, an accountant who has had high-powered jobs in digital sales, but who always wanted to write. However, she was always too busy to devote any extended periods of time to it, and only got around to it seriously in recent … [Read more...] about Inside this Irish crime author’s completely renovated period home
All 48 seats on Guildford Borough Council will be up for election on May 2. The Conservatives are currently firmly in control of the council, holding 31 seats - six more than are needed for a majority. The number of seats up for election, and the number of votes you have, will depend on where you live. Some wards, like Onslow and Holy Trinity, elect three candidates, others elect two or even one, so make sure you check how many boxes you need to tick when you get to the polling station. Polls open at 7am on May 2 and close at 10pm, with the votes counted the next day. Read More More Guildford headlines Read on to find out more about who is standing in your ward. Candidates were given 100 words to make their pitch to you (and we cut them short if they went over). If you don't know what ward you live in, you can put your postcode into this webpage to find out. It will also tell you who currently represents your ward. Ash South and Tongham Paul Abbey, Residents for Guildford and … [Read more...] about Meet the candidates hoping to be elected to Guildford council