Another UK Electoral Surprise

Posted by Speakeasy News > Saturday 10 June 2017 > In the News

The UK General Election that was supposed to consolidate the Conservative majority has a resulted in a hung parliament: no one party has reached the 326 seats needed for an absolute majority. The sitting Conservative government has asked the Queen to form a government with the backing of the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party. The … Continue reading “Another UK Electoral Surprise”

Britain Goes to the Polls

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 08 June 2017 > In the News

The exception seems to be becoming the rule in Britain, where the latest election campaign, just like the last general election and the EU referendum, has not gone the way anyone expected. Britons go to the polls today for the election Theresa May announced on 18 April, and which the Conservatives were expected to win … Continue reading “Britain Goes to the Polls”

Theresa May Calls for a Snap Election

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 18 April 2017 > In the News

The British government, led by Theresa May, has called a general election on 8 June, reversing the promises the Conservatives have made since the Brexit referendum vote on 23 June 2016. Although the Conservative government had called the Brexit referendum, its Prime Minister and many of its ministers campaigned leaving the E.U. When the “leave” … Continue reading “Theresa May Calls for a Snap Election”

UK Elections

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 09 May 2017 > Ready to Use

This A2-level article enables pupils to understand simply the electoral system in the United Kingdom as both the UK and France go to the polls. It could be part of a topic for an EPI « Information, communication, citoyenneté » on different electoral systems, differences between a monarchy and a democracy, in connection with the parcours du … Continue reading “UK Elections”

Teaching About the British Electoral System

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 26 April 2017 > Webpicks

The UK snap general election will be taking place on 8 June, so campaigning will coincide with the French presidential and legislative elections. It’s a good time to have pupils think about democracy and compare and contrast the British and French systems. The video on this page has a 1-minute explanation of how a general … Continue reading “Teaching About the British Electoral System”

Women Unite

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 16 January 2017 > In the News

There will be a big event in Washington on 21 January. No, not the Inauguration. The day after Donald Trump enters the White House, women’s organisations are calling for women to mobilise to make it clear that they will defend their rights against any threat from the new administration. Donald Trump managed to offend many … Continue reading “Women Unite”

Presidential Inaugurations: Video

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 11 January 2017 > Webpicks

Once every four years, a U.S. President is inaugurated. This video gives a succinct summary of the significance of this ritualised event. The video was prepared before Barack Obama’s second inaugural ceremony in 2013, but it gives a good overview of the Inauguration as a U.S. political institution. The second minute, where a historian wonders … Continue reading “Presidential Inaugurations: Video”