Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Checking for facts about political issues in the UK

When reading about Brexit, I came across an organization in the UK called Full Fact. It's an independent charity organization (organization, in the UK) that seeks to publicize facts about important public issues. (It's similar in some ways to Project Vote Smart in the USA.)

It could be a great resource which students could use to evaluate news articles they see in this blog. We'd expect differences of opinion and interpretation in articles from The Guardian and The Economist. With Full Fact, students could evaluate those reports.

We all should be aware that new articles are not published daily. Be sure to check the dates of articles to put them into context.

Full Fact is the UK’s independent factchecking charity
Among the topics recently:
  • Not all of Britain’s lawyers are “raking it in”
  • Age, motherhood and the gender pay gap
  • House building in England
  • Prime Minister's Questions, factchecked

And the report that might be most relevant right now, How the EU works: leaving the EU

"The government has accepted that it is under a 'democratic duty to give effect to the electorate’s decision' in the EU referendum on 23 June.

"The prime minister told parliament in February that 'if the British people vote to leave there is only one way to bring that about—namely to trigger Article 50 of the treaties and begin the process of exit—and the British people would rightly expect that to start straight away.'

How exactly would that work?...

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