For everyone interested in the work of Britain's Parliament; the US Congress; the European Parliament and the French Parlement.
Discuss Practice, Procedure, History and current issues.
Saturday, 2 February 2013
The Mind Gym
The radio has always been a useful tool to acquire information and provoke thought. I find it particularly useful when lying in bed or whilst driving. With wifi access to ‘internet radio’, the opportunities to access even more material has greatly increased.
Last night I was tuned in, via my iPad to C-SPAN radio. There were a couple of interesting, and thought provoking programmes, that I listened to. The first was a presentation by someone from the NRA talking about gun control. All sorts of constitutional issues and arguments were discussed. Then there was a programme about campaigning in the 2012 elections.
The BBC World Service has some interesting programmes, as does Radio 5 Live. Radio 4, particularly during the hour between 8pm and 9pm on weekdays puts on some useful ‘thought provokers’. Then there are the various Law and Parliamentary programmes.
The BBC has a great app for phones and tablets - available here. The BBC and C-Span also produce a wide range of podcasts that can be signed up for - which allows listening to their output even when out of wifi range. (very good when walking around Furzton Lake or to the railway station!)
Whether one is studying; researching; keeping up with current affairs; or looking to keep one’s brain active – radio has much to offer.
I am a tutor for the Open University and have practical experience of working in the UK and European Parliaments.
Until May 2010 I worked at Westminster as Political Secretary to Lord Bach and to Lord Hunt of King's Heath. Previously I had worked as Research and Policy Director in the Office of Sir Peter Soulsby MP. In 2001 and 2005 I stood for Parliament in the South Leicestershire Constituency of Blaby. In 2009 I was a candidate for the European Parliament in the East Midlands Region.
I have a keen academic and practical interest in the workings of both the UK Parliament and the US Congress. I have made a number of study visits to Washington DC - and monitor proceedings, procedure and practice in the four chambers [House of Commons, House of Lords, House of Representative and the Senate]
Over the years I have broadcast on both UK & US Politics for BBC local radio including Radio Northampton; BBC Three Counties and BBC Radio Oxford.