The Points: Westminster edition (Week 5)

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The Points: Westminster edition, is a weekly article summarising the biggest news stories in Britain over the last week. Also included is an article of choice which we believe is the best place for you to learn more about the topics.

Corbyn says he’s open to shadow cabinet position, but is Starmer? 

Article of choice: The Guardian – Who is in the running for Labour’s next shadow cabinet? 

After the Prime Minister cabinet reshuffle, people have started to wonder who will make up the Labour shadow cabinet post Corbyn. Corbyn himself said he would be open to a cabinet position. If Rebecca Long-Bailey edges out Starmer in the leadership race, she is expected to include Corbyn in her cabinet. Keir Starmer looks likely to bring back Ed Milliband, Yvette Cooper and Lisa Nandy if the bookies are correct and he wins the Labour Leadership. To many people’s delight, Diane Abbott will not be in any further cabinets.

Macron comments leave many worrying 

Article of choice: BBC – Emmanuel Macron ‘not sure’ of UK-EU trade deal by end of the year

UK-EU negotiations has barely begun and things are already looking grim. The week began with David Frost, chief Brexit negotiator, stated the UK ‘must have the ability to set laws that suits us’. This has led to a difficult week of talks, with Environmental secretary, George Eustice refusing to rule out chlorinated chicken, something that the US seems keen for the UK to adopt. This was all topped off with Macron saying that he was ‘not sure’ a trade deal will be confirmed by the end of the week.

‘Superforcaster’ Andrew Sabisky fails to see the axe coming

Article of choice: Evening Standard – Who is Andrew Sabisky? Why Boris Johnson’s adviser resigned from No. 10

Andrew Sabisky, a adviser who was appointed under Dominic Cummings search for ‘misfits and wierdos’, has resigned this week. The man who called himself a ‘superforcaster’, resigned after old comments came to light. He suggested African Americas have a general lower IQ than whites, compared women’s sport with the Paralympics, and said enforcing contraception would prevent a permanent underclass. At the moment, the PM has refused to condemn his former adviser.

Another terrorist attack in UK prisons reminds us of the need for change

Article of choice: The Times – The Times view on the crisis of radicalisation in British jails: Terrorist Cells

Although not talked about much, radicalisation in prisons seems to be a growing problem. Last Thursday, Xeneral Imiuru attacked his guards in what he claimed was a terrorist attack. Xeneral Imiuru was imprisoned for killing someone last October during an acid attack. Although there are questions of Imiuru connections to the Muslim faith, it does raise important questions about the conditions of British jails. The overcrowding, lack of experienced guards and the horrible conditions are causing major problems.

New immigration points system leaves people baffled 

Article of choice: – How could a UK points-based immigration system work?

Last week, Priti Patel announced a new immigration system. The idea is to try and get only the ‘best’ immigrants to the UK. Now, to gain a legal visa, you must gain 70 points. This means you must be able to; speak English, have a pre-approved job offer, and earn a minimum of £25,600 a year. However, people across the political spectrum are already showing there displeasure with Australian style policy. Business have asked how they will be able to cope without the valuable workforce that immigration provides? Scottish Tories have also already asked the PM to change his mind.

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Written by Liberal writer, Max Anderson

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I am currently in my second year of reading Politics at the University of Exeter. My first interaction with politics was at the tender age of four years old.

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