Should the UK remain a member of the EU or leave the EU?
On 23rd June, the British public will vote on whether the UK should remain a member of the European Union. We will be running a 'people's poll' until the 22nd June where you will able to debate and vote on the referendum, and we will keep you updated with weekly results. Why are we doing this?We believe that giving all voters the opportunity to take part in opinion polls is the only sure-fire way of taking the temperature of the electorate. The ‘opinion polls’ carried out before last year’s Gen... Click here to keep reading >>
Should Turkey join the European Union?
The migrant crisis in Europe has revived Turkey’s bid to become a member of the European Union.Why?More than 1million people arrived on Europe’s shores illegally last year, most of them traveling by boat from Turkey to Greece. EU officials argue that Turkey is key in resolving the migrant problem, from which Turkey membership has been ‘re-energised’.How?In March, the following plans were agreed with Turkey and the EU:Returns: All "irregular migrants" crossing from Turkey into Greece from 20 M... Click here to keep reading >>
Should the Human Rights Act be replaced with a British Bill of Rights?
As part of the Queen’s Speech, the Government announced that it would bring forward legislation to repeal the Human Rights Act and introduce a British Bill of Rights. The Human Rights Act 1998 was introduced by the Labour Government and allows anyone in the UK to rely on the European Convention of Human Rights before UK courts.What is the European Convention of Human Rights?The European Convention of Human Rights is an international treaty aimed at protecting human rights and freedoms in Europe. The... Click here to keep reading >>
Should all abortions be decriminalised?
The Royal College of Midwives is backing a campaign that would scrap the abortion time limit, which is currently set at 24 weeks. The campaign is being promoted by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (Bpas) which believes allowing women to have an abortion at any time during their pregnancy would give them ‘real choice’.There has been some controversy around the campaign as the Chief Executive of the RCM, Professor Cathy Warwick, is also on the trustee board of Bpas and reportedly gave RCM suppo... Click here to keep reading >>
Should nurses be trained to take on doctors’ roles?
The management body of the NHS in England, NHS Employers, has said that nurses, paramedics and pharmacists should be trained to fill in for doctors and help the NHS in England cope with demand. A report by the Nuffield Trust, commissioned by NHS Employers, recommends giving extra training to nurses and other support staff to give them “advance practice roles” or “physician associate” status. It says this will provide a relatively quick solution to the current shortage of doctors and help ease t... Click here to keep reading >>
Should universities be allowed to increase fees (in line with inflation) for performing well?
The Government has announced proposals that would see university fees increase with better performance. Plans for the ‘Teaching Excellence Framework’ (TEF) were outlined in the Government’s Higher Education White Paper and would allow universities to increase fees in line with inflation if they are performing well.The Government believes that some of the leading universities are ‘research intensive’ and do not focus enough on teaching. Questions have also been raised whether universities offe... Click here to keep reading >>
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