[smiths] politics sub-editors Alley and Shaun summarise last week’s major news stories in their first instalment of ‘Top 10 Stories of the Week.’
1. Ebola, the oncoming ‘apocalypse.’
The hemorrhagic fever has spread terror across the world, starting in West Africa. There have been isolated cases in Europe and the USA, and the UK government have imposed screenings despite experts arguing against it.
2. By-election results in Clacton and Heywood: the UKIP phenomenon.
UKIP have won their first MP, Douglas Carswell – defected Conservative. Labour has held onto their seat in Heywood by a narrow victory. How does this bode for the general election? Tweet us your thoughts! @smithsmagazine
3. The blizzard and avalanche in the Himalayas that laid waste to Nepal.
Natural disaster struck Nepal, with a death toll of 39, of mostly trekkers in the Himalayas. Authorities are discussing a possible end to rescue missions.
This summer, conflict broke out in the Middle East concerning the Gaza strip. For decades, the Palestinian/Israeli claims over Gaza have ripped the region apart.
Party conferences have just finished as the main party leaders rally support for the upcoming general election in May 2015.
6. An interesting analysis of the new Nobel Prize winner Jean Tirole.
Jean Tirole is a professor of Economics and won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his research and study into the regulation of market power and monopolies by big firms and conglomerates.
7. Proposals over the introduction of more parties into the General Election live TV debates.
Due to changes in political perspective after the EU elections, questions have been raised about party representation in the Leaders’ Debate. Who will we see next year?
8. Oscar Pistorius, the new OJ.
The all-star athlete turned murder defendant sentenced to only five years in prison much to the outrage of his murdered girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp’s, family.
9. According to the office of national statistics, UK unemployment has fallen below two million.
Unemployment rates in the UK since the economic crash have been hotly debated and denied. The current figures show a decrease but there is a lack of information regarding the type of ’employment’ that is being discussed.
10. Theresa May controversially defends ‘Big Data’ storage. NSA scandal crosses borders into UK psyche.
Government minister Theresa May gives evidence to select communities over the development of data storage (i.e. our phone records, internet data, etc.) and the necessity to create a ‘haystack’ of information to find the ‘needle.’
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