Author Archives: O Hudson

Opinion: Why should someone from Maputo get to vote in the EU referendum when someone from Mons doesn’t?

When we vote in the referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU,  it is important to understand that we will deciding on our citizenship. Currently, all holders of full UK passports are legally defined as EU citizens and if we leave, we will collectively be renouncing this citizenship and many of the associated rights, even if we manage to negotiate a Norway-style relationship within the wider European Economic Area.

The government’s decision on who will have the franchise in the referendum should be viewed in this context.

All Irish and Commonwealth nationals living legally in the UK will get a vote. The Guardian tells us there are 3.4 million people from 47 countries in this category which is certainly enough to influence the result. They include EU nationals from Cyprus and Malta by virtue of their countries’ Commonwealth membership.

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Opinion: Make no apologies for religion on equal marriage

If there’s one thing that really irks me about the Tory leadership’s rightful defence of equal marriage, it is this constant, almost apologetic necessity to seek to justify the position by reminding everyone that ‘religious freedoms’ will in no way be encroached upon by this piece of legislation. In his albeit heartfelt endorsement of allowing gay people to enter into “a great institution”, David Cameron was at pains to remind us that any religious groups who oppose the reform will not be forced to hold same-sex marriages.

In a country where the church-going population barely exceeds 10%, it is a …

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  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 6th May - 4:20am
    Great news and we need to listen to election winners to see what we can learn.
  • User AvatarMichael BG 6th May - 2:25am
    The topics suggested by Eddie Sammon are very poor topics for discussion. We should rather be considering is have we improved on our 2015 vote...
  • User AvatarJonathan Brown 6th May - 2:25am
    A couple of other reasons Stuart: 1) the refugee children Europe are already here. Even if their need is less than of some of those...
  • User AvatarRob 6th May - 2:24am
    And across the river in Grimsby have gained East Marsh and Park wards. East Marsh result Lib Dem 901 Lab 507 Con 81 ( We...
  • User AvatarPaul Holmes 6th May - 1:34am
    1. No 2. No 3. Yes
  • User AvatarJR 6th May - 12:56am
    Very easy hold in Orkney. Probably bodes well for the Shetlands seat.
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