US political debate needs a thoughtful makeover: The Financial Times Article

Source: Financial Times, New York Times

According to the times, the American debate needs a sort of ‘makeover’ and is fairly critical against the speeches given out by politicians, most noticing Barack Obama.

there are statements about the speech being a ”thankless assignment” which  ”…is usually greeted with indifference or derision.”

The Financial Times further this to say the speech ”was with an impassioned appeal to resist the scummy tide of demonisation, that Mr Obama closed his last State of the Union speech, and thus his political career.”

When reading about President Obama’s final state speech, in your view, what did you make of Obama’s farewell speech? Did he resist speaking about ‘the scummy tide of demonisation’ efficiently? What more do you think Obama could have done for the world of American Politics?

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Cameron and Welfare: Speech, but no policy?

Source: The NewStatesman, The BBC

Within this political article, the NewStatesman quote within that ”Policies from across government departments are to blame from the removal of Child Benefit, cuts to Tax Credits, spiralling costs of childcare and the decimation of Sure Start to a shortage of midwives, cuts to charities working with the most disadvantaged families, persistent low pay, a lack of affordable housing and spiralling household debt.”

They further this to say that even David Cameron himself knows that ”making a speech in London doesn’t translate to real change on the ground” such as the issues stated above.

What’s your view on this? Does Cameron need to stop continuously speaking publicly about what he’s going to do, and actually ‘do’ something about welfare policies the the NewStatesman outline to do? What would benefit our overall Welfare policies for society? What would you change about the conservative Welfare policies?

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