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Published on January 29th, 2012 | by The Editor
Image © [caption id="attachment_6864" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="© Rossco ( Image Focus Australia )"][/caption] No I’m not talking about that popular rock band I'm sure you've all heard of, as much as we’d like to the Catch21 team do not moonlight at the NME. This week CatchBlog has been examining the merits of political union. Over the past few months there has been much debate about whether 1706's Treaty of Union will see it through the next 4 years, and this week A certain Mr Salmon announced his prefered question to be asked in the SNP’s promised referendum on Scottish independence. Ryan Austin started the week by accessing the questions that hang over Scotland and the ever present problem of uniting the United Kingdom. If the Scots do eventually choose to break away will they end up regretting it in the same way many Russian are now reported as regretting the end of the Soviet Union? Saira Khan considers if it had been better if the post-Soviet states had remained in a politics union. Vladimir Putin is known to be a fan of a Eurasian union, but whether he intends it to be a confederation akin to the EU or a new European superstate remains to be seen. There are of course those who stanchly favour political autonomy over union.  Lorna Gledhill analyses the consequences of David Cameron’s on-going tasking of catering for the eurosceptic wing of his party and asks if the EU’s fight again human rights abuses is the real loser from the Tories internal bickering. Bringing things back to issues at home, if the Scots do choose to remain part of the Union, will there still be a parliament to house their MP’s? Nick Doyle’s piece reveals that the Houses of Parliament are in fact slowing sinking into the Westminster mud, but as he puts it, we all knew standards have been slipping for years. Whether or not the House does survive is a mute point as far as Sam Hargreaves is concerned as he is assured that commons will remain in good hands with a glowing report of John Bercow's tenure as speaker. Staying in Westminster with Tuesday’s defeat in the Lords of the governments Welfare Reform Bill, this week’s CatchPoll asked you if the collation’s proposed welfare cuts are being correctly targeted. It was a close one with 47% disagreeing with the entire cuts package and 42% say the collation has got in right in some areas. Perhaps the Lords were right to make them think again? Finally Catch21 is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of its new Future Bloggers Competition. If you’re between 14-18 and want to share your views on today's political scene stayed tuned to www.catch21.co.uk next week for details of how we could make you the next big thing in political blogging! Good day and Godspeed

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This Week in Politics: The decline of the Union?

© Rossco ( Image Focus Australia )

No I’m not talking about that popular rock band I’m sure you’ve all heard of, as much as we’d like to the Catch21 team do not moonlight at the NME. This week CatchBlog has been examining the merits of political union.

Over the past few months there has been much debate about whether 1706’s Treaty of Union will see it through the next 4 years, and this week A certain Mr Salmon announced his prefered question to be asked in the SNP’s promised referendum on Scottish independence. Ryan Austin started the week by accessing the questions that hang over Scotland and the ever present problem of uniting the United Kingdom.

If the Scots do eventually choose to break away will they end up regretting it in the same way many Russian are now reported as regretting the end of the Soviet Union? Saira Khan considers if it had been better if the post-Soviet states had remained in a politics union. Vladimir Putin is known to be a fan of a Eurasian union, but whether he intends it to be a confederation akin to the EU or a new European superstate remains to be seen.

There are of course those who stanchly favour political autonomy over union.  Lorna Gledhill analyses the consequences of David Cameron’s on-going tasking of catering for the eurosceptic wing of his party and asks if the EU’s fight again human rights abuses is the real loser from the Tories internal bickering.

Bringing things back to issues at home, if the Scots do choose to remain part of the Union, will there still be a parliament to house their MP’s? Nick Doyle’s piece reveals that the Houses of Parliament are in fact slowing sinking into the Westminster mud, but as he puts it, we all knew standards have been slipping for years. Whether or not the House does survive is a mute point as far as Sam Hargreaves is concerned as he is assured that commons will remain in good hands with a glowing report of John Bercow’s tenure as speaker.

Staying in Westminster with Tuesday’s defeat in the Lords of the governments Welfare Reform Bill, this week’s CatchPoll asked you if the collation’s proposed welfare cuts are being correctly targeted. It was a close one with 47% disagreeing with the entire cuts package and 42% say the collation has got in right in some areas. Perhaps the Lords were right to make them think again?

Finally Catch21 is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of its new Future Bloggers Competition. If you’re between 14-18 and want to share your views on today’s political scene stayed tuned to www.catch21.co.uk next week for details of how we could make you the next big thing in political blogging!

Good day and Godspeed

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