Saturday 13 July saw a massive turn out at the 135th Big Meeting organised by the Durham Miners’ Association (DMA) now in its 150th year. The organisers claim that the Gala is the largest celebration of community and working class culture in the world and is a tribute to the DMA who have revived the celebrations in recent years, giving it stronger community, national and international involvements. Despite the brutal shutting down of the UK’s mining industry following the 1984/85 Miners’ Strike and the devastation of their communities which threatened the very future of the the DMA, the Big Meeting goes from strength to strength.
Not according to a recent briefing by CEFTUS, the UK based Centre for Turkish Studies who reported on 11 July that dissidents within the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) are on the brink of forming an alternative party which could deprive the government of its majority in Parliament.
Voters in Istanbul have dealt a stunning blow to the prestige of President Erdoğan and a landmark victory for democracy in the landslide win for the opposition coalition candidate from the Republican People’s party (CHP), Ekrem İmamoğlu, who for the second time was elected Mayor of Istanbul over the former prime minister Binali Yıldırım, the candidate of the ruling Justice and Development party (AKP).