A Simple Question is a programme that gives a voice to ordinary Londoners as well as experts, questioning issues that appear to be simple. But are they really?
The programme gives a concise round-up of views from people of different walks of life regarding issues that affect the lives of ordinary people. Topics covered ranging from politics, elections and economy, to security issues, energy, poverty and society.
Catalonia & Spain: a constitutional crisis
Spain's chief prosecutor has called for charges including rebellion to be laid against Catalan leaders following the region's declaration of independence.
José Manuel Maza said the charges should also include sedition and provocation by regional officials. It comes as Spain acts to take direct control of Catalonia, replacing senior officials. Meanwhile, former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont is reported to be in the Belgian capital, Brussels. Watch full programme here.
Four month since the Grenfell tower disaster
The recent history of social housing is one of contempt for council tenants and denigration of council housing. The scale of the tragedy at Grenfell is singular, but the underlying causes of the fire are deeply economic and political. This approach to and accompanying narrative about social housing dates back to the 1980s. It is still driving processes of urban gentrification across London. As Londoners get to grips with the tragic losses at Grenfell Tower, reports have emerged about a recent refit that the tower underwent. Watch full programme here.
How will Palestinian reconciliation affect
Egypt’s government says rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah have agreed to hand over the full administrative control of the besieged Gaza Strip to the Palestinian Authority (PA) by December 1, as the two sides inked a historic reconciliation deal in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, to put an end to their decade-long rivalry.
The two movements agreed Thursday to “enable the national unity government to carry out its work and assume its full responsibility in running the Gaza Strip, as is the case in the West Bank, by December 1, 2017,” said a statement released by the State Information Service of Egypt. Watch full programme here.
Donald Trump’s hostile approach leading the way for another global war
The United States is going to stay in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal despite President Donald Trump’s move not to recertify it, says US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, asserting that Iran is not in breach of the agreement.
Under the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iran agreed to limit parts of its peaceful nuclear program in exchange for removal all nuclear-related sanctions against the country. While then-President Barack Obama hailed the deal as one of his greatest achievements, Trump has blasted the JCPOA as “the worst deal ever negotiated.” Watch full programme here.
Britain's Arms Deal in the Middle East
British government is planning to arm more repressive regimes with its weapons, as it is to send arms trade missions to Middle East and African countries in 2012 to secure more contracts. Watch full programme here.
Who Profits from the Olympics?
The 2012 London Olympics are being hailed as the “Peoples’ Games”, promising to regenerate some of the most impoverished areas of London with employment and new housing, as well as reviving the UK’s shattered economy at large. Watch full programme here.
Is the UK Politically Isolated?
David Cameron's decision to veto the EU treaty has sparked immense controversy in the UK, sending the coalition government into stark opposition. Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg has stated that the UK would lose its foothold in the world and become "irrelevant, isolated and marginalized".
It may not come as a surprise if Britain loses its influence over EU negotiating processes but what about Britain's relationships with the rest of the world? Are these relationships healthy and flourishing? Is Britain getting isolated from more than just Europe and is it losing its grip as a world power? Watch full programme here.