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Campagna reclutamento britannica

La campagna di reclutamento britannica punta sulla fiducia in se stessi Di Erika Becchi DW(ITALIA).“Giovani della Gran Bretagna: posate quegli smatphone, smettete di instagrammare le foto dei vostri muscoli allo specchio e fate attenzione. La vostra patria ha bisogno di voi!”. È questo, in sostanza, il messaggio della nuova campagna di reclutamento per l’esercito inglese, che ha lo scopo di convincere i giovani britannici ad arruolarsi volontariamente. Una campagna che vuole sottolineare come, arruolandosi nell’esercito, si possa trovare maggiore realizzazione personale, fiducia in se stessi e senso di solidarietà rispetto a passioni transitorie come i social media e il narcisismo di palestra. Al centro della campagna di reclutamento, realizzata su manifesti e opuscoli, c’è il tema dell’appartenenza. Secondo quanto dichiarato dal Ministro della Difesa britannico questo tema è stato molto importante negli ultimi anni, perché ha consentito di reclutare un numero sempre crescente di giovani volontari. Le campagne precedenti Negli scorsi anni il governo britannico ha lavorato molto sul reclutamento dei volontari, puntando anche su stereotipi e “difetti” delle nuove generazioni. Sono state campagne molto …

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Il Primo Ministro Johnson può rimodellare una nazione in soli cinque anni?

DW(UK).Da quando è stato riportato in carica alle elezioni del Regno Unito il 12 dicembre, il primo ministro Boris Johnson ha voluto stabilire le sue credenziali come primo ministro veramente radicale che istituirà un programma che occuperà pienamente il suo governo per i prossimi cinque anni e forse attraverso il prossimo parlamento, rendendolo un programma di dieci anni completo. Come da tradizione, il suo programma legislativo per il parlamento è stato stabilito da Sua Maestà la Regina Elisabetta nel suo discorso del 19 dicembre. Come ci si aspettava, la regina informò entrambe le camere del Parlamento che la priorità del governo sarebbe stata: “consegnare l’uscita del Regno Unito dall’Unione europea il 31 gennaio…. [e cercare una futura relazione con l’Unione europea basata su un accordo di libero scambio a vantaggio di tutto il Regno Unito.” Il Primo Ministro Johnson è stato eletto con il mandato di “ottenere la Brexit fatto” quindi non sorprende che questo sia il primo all’ordine del giorno per il nuovo governo. È quando guardiamo oltre la Brexit che il programma legislativo …

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Is this really the end of the UK Labour Party?

DW(UK).Will December 2019 go down in history as the month that saw the death throes of the British Labour Party? Founded in 1900 the party grew out of the trade union movement and socialist parties and was until recently viewed as the party of the working class. Whether the party can still be seen as representing the working classes or even as a credible governing force for the future has been thrown into doubt by the most recent UK election. When Britons woke up on 13th December they found that they had given a stunning victory to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his centre-right Conservative Party. Out of a total of 650 seats in the House of Commons, the Conservative Party won 365 while the opposition Labour Party were reduced to 203, down 59 on their 2017 result. This result is all the more remarkable when we take into account the fact the Conservative vote only increased slightly since the 2017 election. While it is not unheard of for an opposition party to lose seats …

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Dany Cotton and Grenfell Tower disaster

DW-UK.The decision by the London fire commissioner, Dany Cotton, to bring forward her retirement has failed to dampen the controversy over the role of the Fire Service in the Grenfell Tower disaster. Cotton will now leave her post at the head of the London Fire Brigade (LFB) on 31st December, four months earlier than previously planned. Commissioner under pressure While the announcement of her departure was unexpected Cotton had been under pressure following the October publication of a highly critical report from a public enquiry into the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire, in which 72 people died. The report highlighted the impact of the LFB’s ‘Stay put’ policy, which was intended to save lives by instructed people to stay in their homes when their apartment block was on fire and not to run into danger by attempting to exit a burning building. The report said that this policy had ultimately cost lives since the type of cladding fitted to the building had allowed the fire to spread rapidly throughout the tower block rather than remaining confined …

London Terror Attack: Terrorist tackled with chairs and tusks

DW-LONDON.The afternoon of Friday 29th November 2019 saw a significant terrorist incident in London. At Fishmongers Hall near London Bridge, two people were killed and another three injured by an attacker wielding a knife. Convicted terrorist Usman Khan had only been released from prison in December 2018 and was still wearing an electronic monitoring tag when he carried out the deadly attack.  Learning Together khan targeted the Learning Together rehabilitation programme for ex-offenders of which he had been an active member for his attack. His two victims were named as Jack Merritt a co-ordinator for the Learning Together programme and Saskia Jones a programme volunteer. Khan apparently smuggled both his knife and the suicide vest into the building. He then took an active part in the programmes morning session before commencing his attack in the early afternoon.  The attacker brought down Khan was prevented from causing further injuries when he was tackled by passers-by who used chairs, fire extinguishers and narwhal tusks to subdue him. He was later shot dead by police who believed his …

Attacco terroristico Londra

DW-LONDON.Il pomeriggio di venerdì 29 novembre 2019 ha visto un significativo incidente terroristico a Londra. A Fishmongers Hall vicino a London Bridge, due persone sono state uccise e altre tre ferite da un aggressore che brandiva un coltello. Il terrorista condannato Usman Khan era stato rilasciato dal carcere solo nel dicembre 2018 e indossava ancora un tag di monitoraggio elettronico quando ha effettuato l’attacco mortale. Khan prese di mira il programma di riabilitazione di Learning Together per gli ex criminali di cui era stato un membro attivo per il suo attacco. Le sue due vittime sono state Jack Merritt coordinatore del programma Learning Together e Saskia Jones volontaria del programma. Apparentemente Khan introdusse clandestinamente sia il suo coltello che il giubbotto suicida nell’edificio. Ha quindi preso parte attiva alla sessione mattutina dei programmi prima di iniziare l’attacco nel primo pomeriggio. La polizia ha impedito a Khan di ulteriori ferite ,affrontato dai passanti che usavano sedie, estintori e zanne narvali per sottometterlo. In seguito è stato ucciso a colpi di arma da fuoco dalla polizia che …

The Ideological Choice Ahead of UK Voters

13th December 2019 is set to be a momentous day in the history of the United Kingdom. On that day the country will wake up to a new government and the choice between the political parties has scarcely been starker. The Conservative Party led by current Prime Minister Boris Johnson is seeking to win a majority in the Parliament so that he can pass through the Parliament the withdrawal bill that was agreed with the European Union as a result of the 2016 Brexit referendum. The most significant opposition party, the Labour Party, led by Jeremy Corbyn are seeking to renegotiate the withdrawal agreement with a full customs union with the EU and hold another referendum on whether the UK should accept their new agreement or revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU. Smaller political parties are equally divided on the European issue. The Liberal Democrat Party favours ignoring the referendum result and immediately revoking Article 50, while the recently formed Brexit Party which won the European Parliament elections in the UK favours abandoning …

The Unexpected Revival of the British Railway Network

DW-UK.The announcement by Prime Minister Boris Johnson that he plans to introduce a ‘Beeching reversal fund’ to reconnect UK railway lines closed during the infamous 1960s Beeching cuts is part of a much wider revival in the fortunes of a once beleaguered rail network. The Beeching cuts In 1962 the British railway network consisted of 4,347 stations and 34,150 miles of track but in 1963 Dr. Richard Beeching, The British Railways chairman, published a report proposing the closure of the parts of the network which were never likely to prove profitable. By 1970 1,434 stations had closed and 5,224 route miles had been lost from the network. The Beeching Report set the pattern for further closures and today the British rail network comprises only 2,566 stations and 19,319 miles of track. An unlikely recovery The railway network looked set to continue a slow decline to obsolescence but in the late 20th century a quite a different pattern emerged. Recent years have seen the network begin to grow again with around 50 old routes reopening so …

Northern Ireland Leaders Concerned After Abortion Law Changes

DW-UK.In October 2019, Northern Ireland moved a step closer to gaining the most liberal abortion laws in Europe. This is even though most political leaders in the province remain strongly opposed to abortion and polls indicate that the population of Northern Ireland does not support its imposition. The background to the change While abortion has been legal in most of the United Kingdom since 1967, and same-sex marriage since 2014, both remained illegal in Northern Ireland since they remained under the control of the devolved  Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont. In January 2017 the Northern Ireland Assembly collapsed following ongoing disputes between the two largest political parties in the province the Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Féin. The ensuing power vacuum saw political power revert to the UK’s Westminster parliament until the Assembly could be re-established. During this time two Members of Parliament for the opposition Labour Party, who represent English constituencies gained sufficient support to amend a UK finance bill so that if the Northern Ireland Assembly was not restored by 21st October 2019 …

Is the UK About to Transform World Trade?

DW-UK.On 12th December 2019, the United Kingdom will hold an election for the second time in less than three years. At stake is not just a choice between the free-market approach to the economy offered by Boris Johnson and his Conservative Party and the more Socialist, State-supported approach favoured by the opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn and his Labour Party.  What this election promises is the chance to shape the global policy of the country for at least a generation.  Exiting the European Union In a June 2016 referendum, a clear majority of the United Kingdom electorate voted to leave the European Union of which the country has been a member since 1973. Now after three years of torturous negotiation and with the third Prime Minister since the referendum result, a divorce agreement has been concluded. While the UK government and the European Union are satisfied with the agreement the UK Parliament has refused to accept it with many Members of Parliament openly campaigning to prevent the country from leaving the EU. So marked is the …