On 23 June, the UK will vote on whether to leave the European Union, a body which currently allows free movement of people and goods between its members, as well as setting some laws and regulations. The debate so far has largely focused on the economy and immigration, both of which are undoubtedly big issues for the future of the country. But what about the effect on our everyday lives? … Read More
The European Union (EU) is an economic and political union of 28 countries, formed after World War II in an attempt to encourage co-operation following the hostile nationalism that emerged through war. The EU is a ‘single market’, meaning goods, money and people can move freely between all member states.
A referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU is happening this year because David Cameron pledged to hold one if he won the 2015 General Election. His promise was a response to sustained pressure from some Conservative party members and UKIP, who say the EU has changed immeasurably since the public were last asked about membership in 1975. … Read More
What do Abraham Lincoln, Florence Nightingale and the Forth Rail Bridge have in common? The answer is not the punchline to a highbrow joke: they have all been recipients of the apparent honour of appearing on some form of currency.
The issue of who should be worthy of such an accolade is a conversation that has come to the fore again recently with a widespread recognition that women are traditionally under-represented on banknotes. Canada has subsequently welcomed open nominations for women to appear on them; the US has announced the inclusion of escaped slave and abolitionist Harriet Tubman; and the Royal Bank of Scotland has now put playwright and novelist Nan Shepherd on its £5 note, along with scientist Mary Somerville on the £10. … Read More