In this edition of the Aidan Project Podcast, enjoy an exclusive recording from A.C. Grayling’s impassioned ‘Fighting for Europe’ speech, held at the University of Suffolk, England, on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. A.C. Grayling says that Brexit is not a done deal and that it can be stopped, or at the very least, reversed. Grayling also offers his thoughts on the UK General Election, the British press, David Cameron, Theresa May, and much more. Anthony Grayling MA, DPhil (Oxon) FRSL, FRSA is Master of the New College of the Humanities, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford. Grayling had previously written that, “When the lies and self-interest and manipulations of the Brexiters have been defeated, the future of the UK will be as in a full partner with its European friends and allies in the EU.” Grayling expands on his case for resistance in this thought-provoking talk. Aidan would like to thank A.C. Grayling (http://acgrayling.com/), the Suffolk EU Alliance (https://www.suffolkeualliance.co.uk/) and the University of Suffolk (https://www.uos.ac.uk/) for allowing this event to be recorded.
In the very first Aidan Project AMA (Ask Me Anything) episode, Aidan is joined by journalist, podcaster and activist, Joshua Thomas, to answer listener questions on the forthcoming 2017 UK General Election. For more information on Joshua, you can find Joshua’s YouTube channel, Disputandum, at http://bit.ly/2spdKaO. Aidan will be back the day after the election with thoughts on the results and what it means for the United Kingdom.
From the inbox:
Is Jeremy Corbyn an IRA sympathiser?
What happens to Corbyn in the event of a Conservative landslide?
If there is a hung parliament, what is the process?
Are there any possible coalitions that could form an opposition to the Conservatives?
What type of result justifies May’s decision to call an election?
Why aren’t there more independent MP’s in parliament?
Should May have taken on a leader’s debate?
How damaging are policy gaffes on TV and radio? (Diane Abbott)
Is there an issue with anti-Labour bias from the BBC?
How damaged has Corbyn been on the issues of anti-semitism within Labour, and regarding Trident?
Where has Nigel Farage vanished to?
What do you make of the lack of progressive debate within the left on immigration?
Will “covfefe” play a part in this election?
Who do you think will win the election?
You can always send questions via www.AidanCoughlan.org or you can tweet @theaidanproject.
I recorded a podcast yesterday which I had planned to release this morning. The episode is an Ask Me Anything edition, tackling your questions on the upcoming election, alongside journalist, podcaster and activist, Joshua Thomas.
However, it does not seem appropriate to release the episode today, following the outrageous events in London on Saturday evening. Instead, I will release the episode on Monday morning GMT, with a re-recorded introduction.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Theresa May called an early election in an attempt to shore up support for her government’s position on Britain’s exit from the European Union. But where do the parties stand on this issue? Or on social issues? Voter apathy is alarming, but this is often the result not simply of an absence of interest in politics, but because of the confusion inherent in the abundance of mass political coverage across the various media platforms. The news outlets produce endless political news content, but how does one keep track of which party stands for which policy? Indeed, much of the coverage tends to be on the embarrassing gaffes and the way in which a candidate eats their chips or bacon sandwich, rather than the important policies themselves. Ahead of the June 8 United Kingdom General Election, this episode features a simple, non-partisan, rundown of the manifestos, along with an explanation of the election terms you may not understand but were simply too afraid to ask. Aidan also looks at the latest polling numbers and summarises the results of the 2015 election. Look out soon for a further pre-election episode, when Aidan will be joined by journalist, podcaster and activist, Joshua Thomas, to answer your questions and to examine the latest developments within the election narrative. Aidan will also be back on the day after the election, June 9, with thoughts on the results and what it means for the United Kingdom. Aidan is on Twitter (www.twitter.com/theaidanproject), Facebook (www.facebook.com/theaidanprojectblog), or visit his web site at www.aidancoughlan.org. If you found this election guide useful, please share it. Knowledge is power, after all.
The people of the United Kingdom go to the polls on Thursday, June 8 to cast their vote in the General Election. In an upcoming podcast, I will run through the key policies and pledges from the major parties to provide a non-partisan, aide memoire of what each party is standing for. With returning guest, political commentator, Joshua Thomas, I will also run down the results of the previous election (which seems like another era entirely), along with profiles of the party leaders and the key debates which are driving the election narrative.
Do you have a question on the manifestos, the election process, or perhaps the inescapable, looming Brexit issue which led to the Conservatives calling for this early election?
You can send a question via Twitter (@theaidanproject) or leave a question below. I will get through as many of them as I can.
The podcast will be released on Wednesday, May 31, eight days before the election. Following the result, I will release a short commentary on Friday, June 9 detailing the political landscape we in the UK find ourselves in.
Furthermore, I am hoping to provide a first-hand summary, perhaps even audio, of Professor A.C. Grayling’s speech regarding Brexit when he visits East Anglia’s University of Suffolk next month. And still further, if schedules permit, I am looking to speak to Dr. Benedict Beckeld again in the near future, perhaps reflecting on the UK political scene, as we did regarding the United States following the stunning election win of Donald Trump last November. If you have not listened to the episode, I would say it is the best Aidan Project Podcast thus far, where, as ever, no punches were pulled in the pursuit of honest conversation.
So, please stay tuned, or should I say, please stay subscribed?