British Government

Bringing Up the Bodies in Darfur

Olivia Warham | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK
Olivia Warham

It is bad enough that the international community averts its eyes from the state-sponsored horror that persists in Darfur and elsewhere in Sudan... We compound Darfur's suffering by failing to use our leverage in the region to ensure Bashir faces justice at the ICC.

Abu Qatada Case 'Cannot Go To Supreme Court'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.06.2013 | UK

The Government has been refused permission to take to the Supreme Court its fight to remove preacher Abu Qatada from the UK, the Judicial Office has s...

This House Has No Confidence in Her Majesty's Government.

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 18.12.2012 | UK Politics
The Cambridge Union Society

I have lost all confidence in this government because the promises that they abandon are precisely those that made them electable. I have lost confidence because the few policies they are seeing through are relentlessly, demonstrably wrong.

'It Was A Lucky Escape': British Governor Slept On Time Bomb

PA | Posted 27.07.2012 | UK

A British colonial governor showed even more coolness than the role traditionally called for after he and his wife slept on a time bomb planted in the...

How Should the Government Respond to the GDP Data?

Tony Dolphin | Posted 25.09.2012 | UK Politics
Tony Dolphin

The Office for National Statistics reckons that the UK economy shrank by 0.7 per cent in the second quarter of 2012. This is a preliminary estimate that is subject to revision, but if it is right, it suggests the economy has contracted by 0.3 per cent over the last two years since the Coalition came to power.

The Mau Mau Were Vile, but So Was the British Response to Them

Michael Buerk | Posted 18.09.2012 | UK Politics
Michael Buerk

The Mau Mau, it must be said, were vile. After swearing to magical oaths, they butchered children, they tortured, mutilated and murdered - mostly Africans - who would not join their movement. The Kenyan government now calls them heroes, and has a national day in October to honour them, which is a despicable re-writing of history. But the British response to the uprising was also brutal, driven by the atavistic fears of the settlers in the so-called White Highlands, commonly regarded as the most snobbish and racist in the Empire.

Human Trafficking has no Place in Modern Society

Damian Green | Posted 17.12.2011 | UK Politics
Damian Green

Trafficking has no place in a modern society. Anti-Slavery Day is a chance to reflect on the plight of those who fall victim to this terrible crime and remind ourselves of the role we can all play in stopping it.

The Average UK Household Spends as Much a Week on Charity as They do on Cheese

Hannah Terrey | Posted 18.11.2011 | UK Politics
Hannah Terrey

This Government has been relatively vocal about the role of charities because of their importance to David Cameron's Big Society project. The Giving White Paper and the changes introduced in the Budget this year were welcome steps forward but more could and should be done to make giving easier and more appealing. CAF believe that that the levels are so low that ministers need to kick start a new drive on giving by pledging to donate a percentage of their income to charitable causes.

Yvonne Fletcher - new Hope for Justice

Paul McKeever | Posted 05.11.2011 | UK Politics
Paul McKeever

Yvonne was shot dead in broad daylight whilst trying to police a protest outside of the Libyan Embassy 27 years ago. Criminals, terrorists and murderers have to know that no matter how long after the crime, the truth will catch up with them.

Third Industrial Revolution

Jonathon Porritt | Posted 01.11.2011 | UK Politics
Jonathon Porritt

This is not some gentle, incremental muddling through that we're talking about here: this is a revolution. The Third Industrial Revolution.

Cameron Needs to Tread Carefully in the Aftermath of Libya

James Dwyer | Posted 31.10.2011 | UK Politics
James Dwyer

David Cameron is a lucky man. Just when things seemed to be getting messy in Libya, when the word 'stalemate' was being heard more and more often and when there was seemingly a collective slumping of the international shoulders and an acceptance that we were in it for the long run, the rebels toppled Gaddafi. With Gaddafi gone, Cameron may think he can breath a sigh of relief. Whilst he can certainly be pleased with the fact an undeniably evil dictator is gone, there are a whole host of problems - at home and abroad - that now need to be addressed.

We Need More Affordable Homes

Richard Harrington | Posted 30.10.2011 | UK Politics
Richard Harrington

The figures released today by the National Housing Federation make for worrying reading, with home ownership to reach the lowest levels they have been since the 1980s.

The 'Feral Youth' and the Self Fulfilling Prophecy

Adam McNicholas | Posted 29.10.2011 | UK Politics
Adam McNicholas

This is a Government whose legacy will not be remembered as one that delivered for the younger generation.

Cameron can't make the 'Big Society' Work....

Darrell Goodliffe | Posted 15.10.2011 | UK Politics
Darrell Goodliffe

As Cameron presides over an increasing disaster zone, the country needs its opposition more than ever to be bold and decisive. Let's hope that Ed Miliband can rise to the occasion...

Reforming Planning for Future Generations

Greg Clark | Posted 04.10.2011 | UK Politics
Greg Clark

The new National Planning Policy Framework is a big chance to make Britain better for future generations as well as our own. That is what sustainability is all about. We are determined that the beguiling convenience of the present must not overshadow the needs of the new generation and those that will follow them. There is no reason why growth should mean ugliness. It can - and should - improve our physical environment. Anyone who thinks otherwise should take a tour around our great cities, towns and villages and consider the diminished place that Britain would be if our forebears had been adamant in their opposition to new development.

What do People Really Think About the State?

YouGov-Cambridge | Posted 03.10.2011 | UK Politics
YouGov-Cambridge

Recent polling from YouGov@Cambridge on attitudes to the state, tax and spending, conducted as part of a large-scale survey of UK voters in May 2011, throws up some challenges for both the political left and right. But it also highlights the value of scratching beneath the surface of conventional survey questions on these issues. For better or worse, political arguments about the state, tax and spending will dominate this Parliament. Survey questions such as these can help us look beneath standard polling on the subject to try and understand better this complex and fascinating terrain of public opinion.

Hidden Impact of Pension Changes in the Countryside

Mary Creagh | Posted 02.10.2011 | UK Politics
Mary Creagh

The Government should make it easier for people in rural areas to save for their retirement, not harder. The rural economy is already bearing the brunt of the Government's ill-thought out economy policy. It now seems rural workers are missing out not just on jam today but also on jam tomorrow.

Shock: Work on Centrepiece of London 2012 Games yet to Start

Lord Michael Bates | Posted 01.10.2011 | UK Politics
Lord Michael Bates

The Olympic Truce is a Resolution of the United Nations General Assembly which requires all signatories to "pursue initiatives for peace and reconciliation in the spirit of the ancient Games for the period seven days before the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games until seven days after the end of the Paralympic Games'. London represents a unique opportunity for the Olympic Games to rediscover their true purpose in the modern era and to hand on a legacy which is not measured merely in medals won, records broken or land reclaimed but in lives saved and peace restored. That is a surely a legacy worth 'not fighting' for.

Belly Dancing And Medieval Role Play Favourite Sites Among Civil Servants

The Huffington Post | Tara Kelly | Posted 01.10.2011 | UK

Belly dancing, medieval role play and Doctor Who are just some of the most visited websites civil servants browse while at work, according to the Taxp...

It's the Economy

David Miliband | Posted 20.09.2011 | UK Politics
David Miliband

David Cameron must be thinking that the hacking scandal is the worst thing to happen to his Premiership.

Hunt's Glass Slipper is Filling with Toxic Toes

Mark Donne | Posted 12.09.2011 | UK Politics
Mark Donne

In an age of austerity how will the arts be paid for if BP won't? Last night's Trafalgar Square performance was free after all? Those I'm afraid who it really did appear can afford opera tickets should pay for them; the cost of greasing BP's continued abuse of global resources is far, far more expensive. To us all.

Our society is Blighted by the Failure to Extend Equal Opportunity

Danny Alexander | Posted 12.09.2011 | UK Politics
Danny Alexander

Throughout the Open Public Services White Paper we explain just how our reforms give power to those who have been overlooked and underserved. Decentralising power, diversifying provision, focussing funding on the most disadvantaged, and improving accountability will give people and communities a real say on what services they get and on where, when and how the services they use are delivered. By giving people choice to tailor services to their needs, a louder voice, and fair access, people will get better services their way. hese changes will wrest power out of the hands of highly-paid officials and give it back to people and communities - those that know best about their own needs. And our reforms will mean the poorest will be at the front of the queue. The top-down, centralised model of the past few years has failed: now is the time to put power where it belongs, with the people.

New Ideas for Growing old

Nigel Keohane | Posted 12.09.2011 | UK Politics
Nigel Keohane

Who should pay for supporting us as we grow old and need care? That was the subject of a Government review headed by Andrew Dilnot that was published this week. The response has been almost unanimously positive, and in some areas, quite rightly.

Two Visions of Britain

Tim Knox | Posted 06.09.2011 | UK Politics
Tim Knox

If we want a prosperous future for the UK, we must recognise that it is not enough just to get back to where we were before the recession. The uncomfortable truth is that, if we take a long-term view, our growth and wealth will need us to face up to three great challenges.

Is Coalition The Best Way To Ensure Re-Election?

David Radestock | Posted 02.09.2011 | UK Politics
David Radestock

The Conservatives' struggled to regain the trust of the British public, going through 3 leaders before coming to the now Prime Minister, David Cameron. For Labour, this process is just beginning with projects such as Refounding Labour now underway. Despite the evidence of the previous two governments, this process is not inevitable. Coalitions may be the answer.