WORLDbytes volunteers gained an exclusive peek at the British Library’s Taking Liberties exhibition, including an interview with curator Matthew Shaw for this special report. The exhibition offers an inspiring array of original documents charting Britain’s “1,000-year struggle for our freedoms and rights”. The Magna Carta, Habeas Corpus, the Death Warrant of King Charles I, Republican Flags, suffragette Emily Davidson’s purse, literature from the OZ trial and more, all feature in this evocative exhibition but are rights handed down the same as rights fought for?
WORLDbytes volunteers filmed this enthralling debate at the latest Battle of Ideas Festival. As panellists at the debate argue the case for and against, speaker Brendan O’Neill reminds us that while America may be the most powerful nation militarily, its role as the world policeman has diminished significantly in the post-Cold war era and its loss of mission is a defining feature.
In an interview for WORLDbytes a Modern Movement co-founder explains why they have planned a protest in support of the Third Runway at Heathrow and freedom to fly for all. The protest takes place on Thursday 19th February 5.30pm at: East Footway, Parliament Square, Westminster, London. Full details are available on the Modern Movement website at www.modernmovement.org.uk For more programmes and reports visit the channel at www.worldbytes.org
When Woolworths announced the closure of its 815 outlets at the end of December, Britain mourned the fall of a century old, cosy family favourite. WORLDbytes volunteers reveal how two Woolworths workers in London were treated and what Brown's talk of providing support and training amounted to. For further details visit the channel at www.worldbytes.org
The online news channel WORLDbytes’ reflects on the explosive Immigration: the more the scarier debate at the Battle of Ideas festival. Speakers Frank Field, Labour MP for Birkenhead and co-chair of the Cross Party Group on Balanced Migration and Professor Bob Rowthorn, emeritus professor of Economics, University of Cambridge both argue for clamping down on immigration. In opposition, Nathalie Rothschild, commissioning editor of the online magazine spiked and organiser of the Open the Borders Campaign, along with Ceri Dingle, Director at WORLDwrite present an inspiring case for freedom of movement for all. Young attendees at the debate add their views for this show stopping section of the programme. Highlights of this fiery debate include Ceri Dingle arguing that the Labour Party has always been anti immigrant since it supports immigration controls and Frank Field’s admission that “of course immigration controls are anti-immigrant what would be the point of having them otherwise.” The programme questions Field’s claim to be simply reflecting the wishes of his core “working class voters.”
Watch the lively debate at the Battle of Ideas Festival with Lib Dem MP Lynne Featherstone telling us ‘we are lazy’ and like to vote from the couch for pop idol. Dr Tony Breslin of the Citizenship Foundation, argues for a citizen rich curriculum and teacher Kevin Rooney says young people have historically led political change from the Bolshevik revolution to Tiananmen Square and on mass voting for Obama. Schools he argues are not the place to solve political failure.