Trip to Parliament
Last Friday the politics department took year 12 to Parliament. We all met up in Parliament Square in the early afternoon and after a couple of photos in front of the Winston Churchill statue we set off inside for our tour. The tour guide took us first round the Lords then the Commons, we all found it very surreal being in the room that we see in class every week - it felt smaller in real life! The tour went smoothly but much to our disappointment it was Friday and all the MPs were at surgeries so we didn’t see any famous faces. What we did see though were lots of paintings and statues, which enthralled the more artistic members of the tour - most notably of which being Mrs Spalter who at one point became so involved in observing a bust of Benjamin Disraeli that I personally had to tell her to stop wandering off. After our tour we had the privilege of listening to Lib Dem peer Lord Rennard, who came and spoke to our group. He spoke to us about life as a peer, how to get into a career in politics and his friendship with the late Paddy Ashdown. After this we debated the effectiveness of select committees whilst Lord Rennard listened. Despite my asking we were not allowed to go to the gift shop but instead we were all given a little badge which said ‘I Love UK Parliament’. Although I don’t think this phrase reflected the popular consensus of the group at this point in time - we all did have a great day out and I would like to thank the politics department for organising it.
Visit to CSG from Keir Starmer MP
On the last day of term in May, the politics department was lucky enough to have Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer in to talk to both year 12 politics classes. It was a day we were all looking forward to and one that had been in the calendar for a long time (since about December when Mrs Spalter first started to organise it). We all felt very privileged to be able to have a chance to talk to such a high-ranking political figure amid all the Brexit chaos. Before the talk even started Keir Starmer claimed that ‘he knew he was going to get a good grilling’ and we did just that. Questions asked included ‘what does an ideal Britain look like?’, ‘do you think Labour have an actual chance of progress with Jeremy Corbyn in charge?’ and ‘what do you think of the anti-semitism associated with the Labour Party?’. It must be said that Keir Starmer replied excellently to all questions asked and provided us with detailed and well thought-out answers. I would like to thank Mrs Spalter for single-handedly organising such an experience and equally thank Keir Starmer for taking time out of his busy schedule to come and talk to us - showing a really good example of effective constituency work.