​Vote none of the above, alliance against Trident, & caring for carers (E175)

Afshin Rattansi goes underground on electoral reform ahead of the general election. Jamie Stanley, founder of NOTA UK, warns the current system cannot be truly democratic without an option on the ballot to vote ‘none of the above,’ arguing that it will force parties to engage with people who are unhappy but have no other way to express it. Hywel Williams, Plaid Cymru MP, reveals Plaid, the SNP and the Green Party have united to stand against the renewal of Trident, as ‘an incredible waste of money and an immoral and unusable system.’ With the TUC starting ‘Fair Pay Fortnight’ this week, we take a look at whether they are drumming up support for Labour, despite not being affiliated. In our rundown of the papers, attacks on Putin and China dominate the headlines. And in the wake of austerity slashing budgets, we ask who cares for the carers?


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