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Does the UK still use propaganda?

Can you recall anything that was propaganda that the UK government has espoused? I am sure it didn't just stop after WW2 but they have got so good at it I find it hard to find good examples that are ...
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EU Demand For Backdated GDP Bill

In 2014 the EU demanded an extra £1.7bn from the UK in a backdated GDP bill because prostitution and illegal drugs were seen as contributing to the British economy. This would add about a fifth to ...
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Which UK political parties support legal aid for unfair dismissal tribunals?

The Conservative Party recently took away worker rights to financial support for unfair dismissal tribunals in the United Kingdom. Which parties support reintroducing financial support and what are ...
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Are people in favor of Brexit planning to stop visa free travel for EU citizens?

In amongst all the news reports about the Brexit campaign I can't find answers to some simple questions. Here is just one. Does the Brexit campaign want to end visa free travel to the UK for all or ...
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Why did local authorities in England and Wales stop building homes?

From the 1970s–1980s, UK government local authorities stopped building homes: (Source: BBC News) Or, with raw figures from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government spreadsheet, ...
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What are the British royal family's sources of income?

The British royal family is financed mainly by the hereditary revenues of the Crown. From where does this "hereditary revenue" (collection of lands, holdings, and ... in the UK belonging to the ...
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Are there any bodies or agencies that collate UK polling data?

I used to use UK Polling Report but recently their updates have become more infrequent and I'm not sure how much I trust the analysis or selection of data. Are there any other sources from which I ...
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Could the UK be re-drafted into the TTIP after a Brexit?

As this is the fundamental issue for deciding my vote and countless other people's, it would really great to get some clarity on the subject. A lot of people are saying that in the event of a "Brexit",...
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Is a consitutional monarchy really a democracy?

According to Wikipedia, the United Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy with a parliament. Basically meaning a monarchy that is restrained by constitution with a parliament that makes the rules, as ...
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Does the EU have any rights to oversee UK elections?

If members of the UK electorate were to report issues with the UK electoral system, and parties, persons and/or agencies related to it, would the EU have a legal right to investigate and if so what ...
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Why are only certain professions able to countersign passport photos in the UK?

Current law says that passport photographs may only be countersigned by persons within certain professions, and only once such a person has know the applicant for at least two years, specifically the ...
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Number of councils

According to the BBC, there were 279 councils in England in 2015, versus 124 in 2016. Why is that number different? Also, the UK in general and England specifically is currently predominantly ...
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Why don't I need ID to vote in the UK

Voting in elections in the UK does not require you to bring any form of ID to the polling station. Why is this? Could someone vote multiple times by giving different addresses?
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Could the City of London leave the EU while the UK remained?

In 1985 Greenland voted to leave the European Economic Community, mainly to have more control over their fishing. Greenland also happens to be part of Denmark. Let's assume the United Kingdom's ...
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Why does Akrotiri and Dhekelia have a different relation to the EU than Gibraltar?

Out of the British Overseas Territories, only Gibraltar is in the European Union. Akrotiri and Dhekelia is also in Europe, at least according to the EU interpretation of admitting Cyprus as a member ...
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Why are some British politicians pushing for Brexit? What do they stand to gain from Britain's exit from the EU?

Also why are these politicians raising their voices at this point of time? What were they doing in the last 10-20 years?
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Does Westminster House of Commons have a schedule of upcoming votes?

I can see details of upcoming business in the House of Commons at http://calendar.parliament.uk/, but how does this translate to votes/divisions that subsequently take place? Is there a record of ...
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What does 'regaining control of our borders' in Brexit campaigns actually mean for non-EU immigrants to the UK?

What does 'regaining control of our borders' in Brexit campaigns actually mean for non-EU immigrants to the UK? Does it have any bearing at all on this group of people?
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Are encryption bills necessary?

Are the kinds of surveillance bills that are being developed in the UK (the investigatory powers bill) and the USA (the new draft encryption bill) really needed? Is it not the case that the ...
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Can the British public request a General Election?

As some of you may know, as a result of the Panama Papers leak, David Cameron admitted that he profited from his father's Panama offshore trust. Among much confusion and anger, some members of the ...
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Do US politicians issue UK-style manifestos?

In the UK, political parties publish manifestos that go into reasonable detail about their plans post-election. Naturally, as politicians, they don't always deliver on their promises, but at least it ...
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Why did the UK Conservative government push through gay marriage?

There seems to be a widespread sense that the Conservative UK government pushed through legislation to legalise gay marriage. There appeared to be no great angst with the status quo for gay couples (...
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How often do local elections take place in England?

Local elections are coming up in England. When I look up Wokingham Borough local election results, it lists results from 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2004, 2003, and 2002. That ...
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Why does the UK Border Force check train travellers before boarding, but ferry and flight passengers after disembarking?

When travelling to the UK by æroplane or ferry, the UK Border Force checks passports upon arrival in airport or ferry terminals (at least for the Hoek van Holland-Harwich ferry; not sure about ferries ...
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UK migration: why the focus on EU only, not global?

One of the key issues in the General Election last year, and Brexit now, is around immigration to the UK. All of the focus that I hear in the media is only about migration from inside the EU, and I ...
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Why is Brexit considered so bad for the EU?

From a non-British POV, the news about the UK considering leaving EU is almost unanimous about Brexit being bad for the EU. What are the most important reasons why it would hurt the EU? The reasons ...
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How to find House of Commons debates for a particular Act

How do you find the transcript in Hansard of a debate for a particular Act? I would like to find the official record of the debate for the Freedom of Information Act 2000 . I attempted to use the ...
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Why is the polish PiS considered dangerous, but not the UK conservatives?

Both parties won an absolute majority of seat in the parliament of their respective countries, and that without winning an absolute majority of the votes, because of how the election system works. ...
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Is “Justice of the Peace” an official in the administration of justice in England?

Is "Justice of the Peace" an official in the administration of justice in England? What about the Arbitrators and Juries? Do we consider them officials in the administration of justice?
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What are the meanings of “Kangaroo”, “Guillotine”, and “Fox” in the UK House of Commons?

What are these concepts in UK House of Commons? Are they some kind of MPs or are they names given to some roles while debating? What exactly are they? The Kangaroo The Guillotine The Fox
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Why do members in the British parliament yell “whooo…” during debates?

I sometimes watch BBC channel and see heavy debate in the British parliament. What interests me is, when one politician speaks about one policy and expresses his own view on something, some other ...
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Are there areas of London the police are afraid to enter?

From The Daily Mail (online): The US presidential contender caused worldwide consternation yesterday after a string of incendiary remarks about Muslims, including in Britain, and said: 'We have ...
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How do Northern Ireland's Assembly designations work? What are its advantages and disadvantages?

What are the implications of MLAs designating themselves as being part of a certain community? To what extent does it fulfil its intended purpose? What are its criticisms? What alternatives have been ...
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Is the UK government obliged to respond to unofficial petitions?

On the gov.uk website is a form to start a petition, stating that: "After 10,000 signatures, petitions get a response from the government. After 100,000 signatures, petitions are considered for ...
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What are the aims of the (proposed) UK military action in Syria?

The government of the UK proposes to bomb Islamic State in Syria, arguing that Islamic State is a threat to the UK. In the debate, there are often references to the attacks in Paris, but I don't ...
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Has a British PM ever given a speech with the EU flag alongside the Union Jack?

It is common to see most other EU leaders give talks, speeches and conference with their national flag proudly alongside the EU flag (Merkel, Rajoy, Hollande etc). This cannot be said for UK Prime ...
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Why reduce influx of working immigrants?

From BBC News, Net migration to UK hits record 336,000: The government aims to get net migration down to five figures by 2020. Why does the UK government have this aim? What are the benefits to a ...
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In a Westminster parliamentary system who would be appointed Prime Minister if all MPs were independents?

In our current system the Prime Minister is the leader of the political party with the most seats, correct? Well, if everyone threw out party politics and only elected independent local members of ...
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Are grammar schools more controversial than public schools?

Apparently, in the United Kingdom, grammar schools, which select 11-year olds based on test results, are controversial, as there is a debate as to whether they do or don't enhance social mobility, ...
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On what grounds have hundreds of EU nationals claimed asylum in the UK in the last 5 years?

According to recent reports in the British press of a speech by Home Secretary Theresa May, hundreds of EU nationals have applied for asylum in Britain in the last 5 years. To list a few sources, ...
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Why was Edward VIII's marriage a problem, but not Prince Charles's?

When Edward VIII wanted to marry Wallis Simpson, the fact she had been divorced was a problem that ultimately led to his abdication. Decades later, Charles, Prince of Wales married Camilla Parker ...
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How are decisions made by the Cabinet of the UK implemented?

I am having trouble understanding how decisions made by the Cabinet of the UK or its committees are implemented. The Cabinet Manuel says the following: Ministers are responsible for ensuring that ...
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How is a budget surplus different from a negative GDP to debt percentage ratio, and does the latter automatically result in the former?

I understand the question may come across broad, I am new to government economics, but I am looking for a somewhat textbook answer. I hope you can make a rational guess, if the question seems odd, as ...
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Why does UK not have a scheme for researchers from third countries?

If UK and Ireland are both members of the EU, why does UK not have a scheme for researchers from third countries (http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=URISERV:i23023), while Ireland does ...
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Consequences if the British Labour party (or any political party) were to split into two roughly equal parts?

This question is prompted by widespread speculation that the Labour party might split if and when Jeremy Corbyn becomes its leader, but I am also interested in general terms. When parties split, if ...
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Who says “what you mustn't do in politics is listen to people” in the On The Hour introduction? [closed]

In the introduction to radio news satire On The Hour, who says "what you mustn't do in politics is listen to people."? Is it John Major?
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What are the residency requirements to vote in the 2015 U.K. Labour Party elections?

In the U.K. Labour Party leadership election, 2015, people who want to vote need to register as members or supporters can vote. But what are the U.K. residency requirements to register as a supporter ...
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UK Austerity - Where does the money from all the cutbacks go?

So in the last election, there was a coalition between the Tories and Lib Dems. There were cutbacks, but some thing were stopped by the Lib Dems, such as tuition fees only going to £9000 instead of ...
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Why did Labour abstain rather than oppose the Welfare Bill from the conservative government?

In the United Kingdom, a government welfare bill was supported by the Conservative party, opposed by the Scottish National Party, the Liberal Democrats, and others, while the Labour Party, forming the ...
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How would a country leaving the EU be worse off economically?

I've been told the UK would be worse off but how exactly would it be? Would a country that left the EU: Lose anything more than just funding they receive from the EU? Not just copy the EU's policies ...