Queen’s Speech 2015: why you SHOULD care

So, the news has been dominated by the ‘Queen’s Speech’, and at 8 minutes and 29 seconds (it was a short one this year – the Queen’s average is 9 minutes and 50 seconds), it’s hard for us to tune in and take interest.

The Queen gives a speech at the opening of Parliament every year, outlining what her government is going to achieve in the coming Parliamentary year. She doesn’t write it, ministers do. What is the point of the Queen being there you may ask? Because we’re British and traditional and we love seeing someone who was born into wealth, wearing jewels and an expensive cape tell us about benefit cuts. We just do.

It’s what is in the speech that matters though because it outlines the Bills the government are pledging to pass and it will affect YOU. Do you care about how much tax you pay? About owning your own house? About schools? About jobs? About the NHS? About Human Rights? About childcare? About devolution? Then you should care about the Queen’s Speech.

Here’s a break down of the key issues addressed in the Queen’s Speech 2015. It’ll be worth a read, I promise.

© Hollie Borland

© Hollie Borland

Coalition for the commoner (and by commoner I mean people like me)

It’s voting day – and I am genuinely excited! This election is so close!

I know politics can be boring because it’s so complicated and so complex it hard to stay engaged, but I feel that it is important for us all to know the basics. This election is particularly exciting because the most recent polls suggest that the outcome of the election will most likely be a coalition. And this time around there are so many possibilities.

I’ve made a diagram that shows the possible outcomes for a coalition and what one might work and what ones are unlikely to ever happen. I’ve decided to focus on the key players from the TV debates: Ed Miliband (Labour), David Cameron (Conservative), Nick Clegg (Liberal Democrats), Nicola Sturgeon (Scottish National Party), Natalie Bennett (Green Party), Nigel Farage (United Kingdom Independence Party), Leanne Wood (Plaid Cymru).

I drew the images myself – I hope this helps. Let me know what you think! Click on the image to see it bigger if you need to.

Guide to chaotic coalitions #UKelection2015


Souviens-toi: Remember

To view the whole multimedia project click here.

In the Haute-Vienne region of France lies the village of Oradour-sur-Glane. The land is scarred by the massacre of an entire village by the Waffen SS Division. On 10th June 1944, 642 people lost their lives: 190 men, 247 women, 205 children. Under the decree of President Charles de Gaulle, the ruins cannot be destroyed. As no one was charged for the crimes committed 70 years ago, investigations continue to seek justice. This documentary explores what the remains mean to France and features interviews from Dr Iain Stewart from Queen Mary University, and Cécile Faure from the Centre de la Mémoire d’Oradour-sur-Glane. It was produced as part of my final year Multi-Media Project. Other aspects of the project include producing a behind the scenes video, an interactive map, a feature, a podcast and a blog of the journey. I also familiarised myself with basic HTML in order to differentiate between the projects webpages and the host webpages. To view the whole project click here.