Britain

Did the Conservatives Really Win the General Election?

Adriano Mérola Marotta | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Politics
Adriano Mérola Marotta

Since the Conservative party "won" the UK general election on May 7th, people have taken to the streets across the UK in a defiant display of disenchantment with the electoral system and the austerity consensus of the major political parties. The prospect of 5 more years of crippling austerity has prompted many to reclaim the future of UK politics.

When Will the Bailiffs Come Knocking on Britain's Door?

Tom Beetham | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Politics
Tom Beetham

Talk of the deficit is very much in vogue, and the opposition leaders are fighting like toddlers in a ball pit in an attempt to air their own plans to cut the country's deficit. Meanwhile, Dave and fellow toff George Osbourne look so chuffed about cutting the deficit by only taking money from people who were never going to vote for them in the first place, that they risk bursting into an unholy Eton mess.

The Myth of Immigration as an Election Issue

Abdul Hussain | Posted 30.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Abdul Hussain

Scenarios must be in place to ensure integration is successful and immigration is efficient and responsible, to ensure the spreading of skills across a populace instead of a concentration. What good is a United Kingdom, if the people, it's most important resource, are not being shared?

Should Britain Have Joined the Euro?

Sarah Willis | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK Politics
Sarah Willis

We should look to the biggest economic of recent events to find our answer. The 2008 crash and following recession is still shaping the economic situation across Europe. The Euro is struggling against the sterling, so does that mean we made the right choice?

Should Britain Trust Ed Miliband With a 'Hell Yes'?

Tom Beetham | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK Politics
Tom Beetham

When the perma-smug Paxman pressured Miliband over being a 'geek', and inferior to his brother, I wanted to hug the exacerbated oddball. Whether it was intentional or not, Paxman did Ed a huge favour in these final exchanges.

Over Two Dozen UK Students' Unions Backed BDS

Malaka Shwaikh | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Malaka Shwaikh

The latest BDS victory in the UK was at the Sussex Students' Union on Friday the 27th of March. Sussex tried last year to pass an academic boycott motion that ended unsuccessfully with the majority of students voting against it.

Who Am I Anyway?

Joshua Virasami | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK
Joshua Virasami

Personally I have found that I couldn't even place myself in cultural groups around me. When my hair was short, afro-diasporic people gave me the nod of solidarity, when my hair was long south-Asian diasporic peoples spoke to me in their diversity of languages, yet I remained neither here nor there.

Which Should Be Britain's National Bird? Cast Your Vote Here!

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Comedy

It's the third most exciting vote of 2015, after a) the general election and b) Eurovision. It's the vote to decide which of our fine feathered fri...

Politicians Need to Stop Treating Us Like Idiots

Rabah Kherbane | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rabah Kherbane

This is what we have degenerated British political debate into. A festival of unsubstantiated mudslinging and disrespectful campaigning. I would say it is like watching teenagers, but teenagers have evidently proven far more effective.

Election 2015: The Small Business Landscape

Juan Lobato | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK Politics
Juan Lobato

With just a few weeks left until Britain votes, plenty of column inches have already been dedicated to the interests of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and what they want to hear from the main party leaders. Less attention has so far been paid to what each party will actually offer Britain's enterprises.

The 2015 Woman

Tracey Agyeman | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Tracey Agyeman

Woman. A term I struggle to compress to a singular word because across generations society has perpetually attempted to redefine the nature of my gender. Whether it is in our private lives or in the public eye, women have been conditioned to seek approval from elsewhere resulting in a feeling of inadequacy.

Britain: Hysterical Nation

Adam Staten | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK
Adam Staten

Whether this is what the British public actually wants, or whether this is the product of lazy journalism, I don't know, but with the increasing prevalence of social media acting as a barometer for public impulse I feel like this is a situation that is spiraling out of control.

The English; Do We Have an Identity?

Jake Mills | Posted 16.05.2015 | UK Comedy
Jake Mills

People search their family trees looking for a tenuous connection to a long forgotten Irish heritage. A great grandfather's, friend's dog - born in Ireland and providing the licence to enjoy a guilt free Guinness.

Should Britain Be Arming Ukraine?

Iain Overton | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Politics
Iain Overton

Before we throw weapons at the Ukrainian crisis, we need to ask two fundamental questions: does Ukraine really need our arms?  And what would happen to them once the violence ended?

Why the Government Needs to Support our Beer Industry

David Forde | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK Politics
David Forde

A duty cut will encourage businesses like ours to continue to invest in UK beer, cider and pubs, securing a sustainable future for this great British industry. And, with 20million pints of beer enjoyed every day in Britain - it will help ensure that a hard-earned pint remains an affordable pleasure for millions of consumers around the country.

Britain's Problem With Islam

Oliver Carter-Esdale | Posted 02.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Carter-Esdale

Modern Britain has a problem with Islam. This may not come as much of a surprise to some readers. For many in Britain, Islam is considered an isolating force, and its followers are somehow externalised from British identity, regardless of their birthplace or what passport they hold...

EU and Britain: Together or Apart?

Nikolaos Dimou | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK Politics
Nikolaos Dimou

In my view, the EU would be a better place, if the plethora of its policies were not defined as an outcome of the everlasting conflicts between a humanitarian but unrealistic France and a productive but austere Germany, but if they were rather set by a pragmatist Britain. This outcome might as well be the best choice possible for Europe's -and Britain's- future.

Why Do We Care How Bullying Dictatorships Feel?

Lukas Mikelionis | Posted 02.05.2015 | UK Politics
Lukas Mikelionis

Remember that YouTube video where a fairly obese kid responded to a weak and bony bully by performing judo kind of move and smashed the bloke into the...

Incidents Like the Paris Metro Are Shocking, but Casual Racism Is Alive and Kicking

Becky Read | Posted 25.04.2015 | UK
Becky Read

I appreciate the use of 'black' as a descriptive term in some circumstances, for example if you were trying to point out my boyfriend in a room full of Chinese people. I don't appreciate it when used in the context of explaining why people might be more afraid of him than someone who was just big.

Why Do We Break Our Backs to Survive in London?

Thom James | Posted 25.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Thom James

As city natives, we're used to an unhealthy mix of stress and mundanity on a daily basis. We've built an immunity to happiness: but this is probably due to the fact we've realised the lengths we have to go to to pay our monthly rent, which must be paid on top of bills, on top of living costs: food, water, transport.

Britain, a Nation of Entrepreneurs

Stephen Fear | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK
Stephen Fear

As we approach the UK General Election it is obvious that possibly for the first time ever, most, if not all, of the main political parties accept that the creation of wealth through free enterprise is the only real way toward general prosperity.

Uncomfortably Numb - Attitudes to Politics

Sara Damergi | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK Politics
Sara Damergi

The question is do we really need to feel a sense of fear or discomfort to become truly engaged in politics? Do we want to be numb to what's truly going on and get distracted by reports in mainstream tabloid media putting the blame on the overused and now farcical phrase and sentiment of: "its the immigrants coming over here and nicking our jobs?"

It's Almost Definitely Going To Snow Again

PA | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK

Severe weather warnings have been issued as forecasters predict heavy snow will fall in large parts of the UK in the coming days. Wintry showers ar...

More Than Necessary: Britain and Anti-Semitism

Phillip Mark McGough | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK
Phillip Mark McGough

Keeping their heads down is no longer enough. And while after each and every Islamist atrocity we are warned- and warned incessantly- of the dangers of an anti-Muslim backlash, the fact remains that in Britain, in 2015, it's the Jews who are double-bolting their doors.

New Infrastructure Bill Puts UK Climate Ambition at Risk

Kyla Mandel | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Politics
Kyla Mandel

The UK's climate change ambition will be in serious jeopardy once the Infrastructure Bill is passed into law. If that's not worrying enough, barely anyone seems to be taking notice.