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CURRENT AFFAIRS

 CURRENT AFFAIRS 1

A discussion group dealing with the background to current affairs. Members will be encouraged to start each meeting with a little basic research before the discussion gets going. We have covered a wide variety of subjects, for example: the Economy, MPs’ expenses, Brexit, Education, the Prison System.

Alternate Wednesdays 10.30am - 12.00 noon Merton Hall Road, Wimbledon

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The group discusses recent events in the news as well as debating issues such as drug legislation, Britain’s foreign policy and the Middle East conflict and the BBC.

Alternate Mondays 2.30pm - 4.30pm. Wilton Grove.

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 CURRENT AFFAIRS 3

The group meets fortnightly on Monday or Tuesday afternoons. For the first part of the meeting, members can raise issues that they have noticed in the previous two weeks. The second half concentrates on a special topic which will have been agreed at the previous meeting.

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 4


We have recently revised our meeting format, abandoning the usual general discussion followed by a special topic, and are taking a more strategic look at current affairs. We believe this will improve our understanding of what’s going on in the world putting our opinions on a surer footing.

We have identified fourteen key areas of interest, which will cover most of what is going on in the world. These include the emergence of China as a world power with the potential for serious conflict to the retreat of democracy worldwide coinciding with the rise of populism and the demise of the Western led rules based order to the impact of technology on society. We start our meetings with a presentation on the chosen subject followed by a discussion. We are beginning to collect a summary of our discussion on a shared Dropbox account so that we can refer to them in subsequent meetings relevant to the topic. Our topics embrace most of what is interesting in current affairs from Trump to Climate Change and Brexit. We have the ability to use broadcast media like iPlayer and the internet during our meetings.

We believe this process will enrich our understanding of long term UK and global political and economic trends. If this is of interest, we would like to hear from you. A willingness to take your turn in leading a discussion from time to time is essential.

The group meets at 2 pm on the first and third Tuesdays of the month in the Dundonald Area.

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CURRENT AFFAIRS 5

During the first half of our meeting we have a general discussion about events and issues in the news. In the second half, discussion focuses on a single topical issue selected by the group at the previous meeting (and on which group members will hopefully do some reading/ research). We also make occasional group visits to organisations which play an important role in the running of society, such as national and local government, the legal system, the health service, transport, and the financial and commercial sectors.

Monthly on the first Monday of each month in Merton Park. 2.00pm for about two hours

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 CURRENT AFFAIRS 6

Like some of the other groups, we spend the first hour discussing recent events and issues. In the second hour, we will discuss in depth a topic, which we will have chosen at the end of the previous meeting. Each member will research the topic using articles in newspapers, magazines and the internet before the next meeting. We would like one or two more members to join us, ideally able to offer hospitality to the group.

We meet once a month on a Wednesday at 2:30 pm in the homes of some members.

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