Top news today: referendum deal, defence lobbying
Author: Zoe Stavri
Published on Oct 16, 2012
In the news today, deal on the Scottish independence referendum finally agreed, the defence lobbying scandal continues, PCC candidates take to Twitter and concerns about women’s representation
SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE REFERENDUM SIGNED BY CAMERON AND SALMOND- The agreement on the terms of the Scottish independence referendum is confirmed. It will include a single yes/no question and the possibility of votes at 16. What do you think about these conditions?
Full text of the agreement can be found here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/oct/15/scottish-independence-referendum-agreement
ROYAL BRITISH LEGION CHIEF SIR JOHN KISZELY QUITS OVER MoD LOBBYING- The chief of the Royal British Legion has quit following his comments about how he could help lobby for defence firms. Is this resignation enough to alleviate doubts about military lobbying?
FORMER MILITARY CHIEFS COULD BE BANNED FROM ACCESS IN THE WAKE OF “GENERALS FOR HIRE” ALLEGATIONS- The defence secretary has threatened to ban former military personnel from access to ministers if they are found to be using their positions to lobby for contracts. To what extent will this help make lobbying more transparent?
SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE PCC ELECTIONS: TWEETING CANDIDATES- Social media is playing a large role in the upcoming police elections. Is this any replacement for the support candidates for election usually receive?
MAJORITY OF BRITISH WOMEN SAY GOVERNMENT DOES NOT REPRESENT THEM- 60% of women in the UK think that the current government are not representative of who they are, and find it difficult to relate to politicians. Will this sense of alienation decrease women’s political participation?