Britain

The Conservatives, Christianity and 'Doing God' at Easter

Dr Chris Allen | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK
Dr Chris Allen

Maybe the Conservatives have realised that the riches offered through Jesus' love and compassion are the only viable option left open to them in seeking to fill the gap left as a result of their benefit cuts. Maybe Britain under the Conservatives will become a Christian country again...maybe I was wrong !

Iain Duncan Smith's New Reforms Are Well Fair if You Ask Me

Charlie Mullins | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

Of course, Labour have been quick to criticise Mr Duncan Smith but the strength of the UK labour market - with record numbers of people in work, accompanied by dramatic falls in the number of the UK's unemployed - is plain evidence that his reforms are having an impact.

The British Isles - In Accents

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Comedy

In which YouTuber PJamBarker puts Google Maps-generated video to the audio from a Radio 4 show featuring dialect coach Andrew Jack. The result? A s...

Migrant Workers Could Be the Key to Unlocking Britain's Business Potential

Rupert Lee-Browne | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK
Rupert Lee-Browne

Britain is a country that has gained a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience from the diversity of cultural backgrounds and its international reputation. As the recent debate between Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage on immigration demonstrates, this heritage is often maligned and the incredible opportunities it affords us are wasted.

Len McCluskey Is Right to Threaten Miliband With Disaffiliation From Labour

Salman Shaheen | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Politics
Salman Shaheen

Time after time, the once and never "Red Ed" goes out of his way to prove just how right-wing he is. He's signed up to Conservative spending plans, he's backed the welfare cap, he's supported workfare and he's backed the mantra of austerity. It's little wonder the unions are getting anxious about Labour's rightward drift.

Americans Polled Over Whether US Should Intervene If NATO Were Attacked By Russia

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK

During the Cold War, Britain could always rely on America should the Queen spot a regiment of Soviet tanks rolling up The Mall. Well… that was the t...

EDL Marchers and Strange Irrational Rituals

Will Black | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Politics
Will Black

The English Defence League march in Peterborough on Saturday was not the first I've witnessed. In fact, it was tediously familiar. Drunken louts ranting incoherently about how they would like 'their country' to be, while multicultural England looks on - or avoids them - have become a regular spectacle in England.

There's Nothing Queer About Being Bisexual

Liam Beattie | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Beattie

When I was coming to terms with my sexuality, trying to work out whether I was solely attracted to one gender over the other was an ongoing battle raging in my head. Much of the time I would reassure myself that such feelings towards males would simply pass and that opting to identify as heterosexual was the easy solution to this problem.

Labour Has Betrayed Its Supporters by Voting for the Welfare Cap

Salman Shaheen | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Politics
Salman Shaheen

The real betrayal of Britain's poorest and most vulnerable people was Labour's support for this toxic policy. With 13 honourable exceptions who all deserve praise for actually doing what they were elected to do, Labour MPs acquiescently lined up behind the welfare cap. If an antelope feeds its calf to a lion, that's pretty shocking.

13 Things British People Fear The Most

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Comedy

A new YouGov survey has revealed the 13 things that the British public fear the most. And they are... (Footnote: here's the real list.)...

A Story About Power Told in the Future Tense

Neil Simpson | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Simpson

'Britain' is increasingly evaporating as a concept. It's no longer a set of coherent ideals inhabited by tangible institutions and characters. Instead it's become more of a marketing device filled with vapid catch-all phrases.

The Google Autocomplete Map Of English Counties

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Comedy

Thank you, @TechnicallyRon, for creating this marvel - a map of England according to the results you get when you Google in '[Name of county] is': ...

New Foreign Affairs Select Committee Inquiry Into the Kurdistan Region

Gary Kent | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The decision by the influential Foreign Affairs Select Committee in the British Parliament to initiate an in-depth and comprehensive inquiry into all aspects of the Kurdistan Region is a triumph for all those who have long argued for the need to increase understanding between the UK and the Kurdistan Region.

The Happy Foreigner

Chris Aitken | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Comedy
Chris Aitken

Without stating the apparent obviousness, I'm very much in the pro-camp. Or as some of my fellow impassioned supporters call it, Get The Fuck In or Fuck the Fuck Off. With the date coming nearer and nearer, it's hard for anyone to be on the fence and it's becoming increasingly feisty.

Four Beers to Try If You Don't Like Beer

Victoria Ferran | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Ferran

Beer is still one of our most popular drinks, but in many people's eyes it lacks the sophistication and versatility of other beverages such as wine. In recent years, it's seriously fallen out of fashion, associated with either laddish binge-drinking culture or the cagoule-sporting CAMRA fans.

British Ghost Towns

Paul Anthony Jones | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Anthony Jones

It's tempting to think of ghost towns as nothing more than a cliché of horror films or a stereotypical image of the American Wild West, but in fact abandoned towns and villages that have simply dropped off the map can be found much closer to home than that.

What We Can Learn About Floods From Developing Countries

Dr Kate Crowley | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK
Dr Kate Crowley

Type the phrase "good in a crisis" into Google and you get 1.8 million hits. Search for "good at preventing crises" and you get just sixteen. It's a sad fact that - whether as individuals or as nations - we spend infinitely more time, energy and money dealing with problems than we do preventing them.

Of Bagpipes and Burns - Scottish Stereotypes

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

Every country and culture has stereotypes that go alongside it, some truer than others. Scotland of course, is no different. However, what I have noticed is that while Scotland is part of the UK British stereotypes tend to be more closely associated with the English portion of the country. It is a common mistake to think of the U.K. and England synonymously, when this is not true. As a Scot, I have no objection to being called British, but I am certainly not English.

"This Is the Leadership Britain Needs"; or Why We Picked the Right Miliband

Mags Waterhouse | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Politics
Mags Waterhouse

Does anyone seriously think David Miliband would have been as bold and creative in his direction of travel for the party? Come off it. Triangulation and the old arts of the Blairite dinosaurs are no longer relevant for shaping a Labour government of the future. Times have changed.

UKIP: A Convenient Enemy for British Liberal Democracy

Tom Vine | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Vine

As well as being the new dark horse in British politics, Ukip have become well-known for their radically right-wing politics, unmistakeably expressing racist, sexist, homophobic views - you name it, they've said it. For many they have become a force to be defeated and left to the history books.

Britain Is the Best Country for Disabled People

Simon Stevens | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

We must never accept the status quo and always campaign for better things, but at the same time, we should be proud of Britain as I do believe it is overall the best country to live in if you are a disabled person.

18 Pictures Of Savage Weather Battering Central Europe

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.02.2014 | UK

As Britain continues to be battered by storms, leaving many areas at risk of further flooding, extreme weather is also causing chaos across Europe. Th...

Getting Angry About Billionaire's Row Won't Solve the Housing Crisis

Rebecca Winson | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Politics
Rebecca Winson

Get involved with your community and get it back. It will mean tiresome public meetings in dusty social centres, aching arms from holding placards in the rain, and - even if you're not a big shot landlord - being a bit less selfish, which is never easy. But it sure as hell beats sobbing over click-bait photo galleries of some millionaire's busted up ballroom.

Why Immigration Is a Good Thing for the UK

Layla Haidrani | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Layla Haidrani

As a daughter of immigrant parents who came to the UK for postgraduate studies at university, I can safely say that the way immigrants are perceived (particularly exacerbated by right-wing media outlets) is frankly absurd and borderline ludicrous.

It Would Have Been Better for Britain to Stay Out of World War? I Disagree

Daniel W Smith | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK
Daniel W Smith

In terms of British standing in the world if we had opted to neglect our obligation and take a route of not just neutrality but isolation I would argue that would be just as damaging if not more so than the tragic blood bath that we saw take place over the fields of France in World War One.