British Politics

The General Election Campaign and the Decline of British Foreign Policy

James Snell | Posted 25.05.2015 | UK Politics
James Snell

It is surprising that the campaign featured such little discussion of foreign policy matters. The usual domestic concerns predominated, and that is no surprise, but beyond a few token remarks about the need to reform the European Union, and the low-wattage flickering of a small debate about the possibility of an EU referendum, there was depressingly little said about anything outside of the British Isles.

Why Did 27 Lib Dem Seats Swing to the Conservatives?

Josh Jacobs | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Politics
Josh Jacobs

Nick Clegg had predicted significant losses for the Liberal Democrats in the 2015 general election, but called the results "immeasurably more crushing and unkind" than expected as he resigned from the leadership on Friday morning. His party lost 48 seats, 15% of the popular vote and many of its grandees...

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 High Price of Justice

Adam Hamdy | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

n the Joel Schumacher classic, Falling Down, William Foster, played by Michael Douglas, passes a man protesting the fact he has been categorised as "not economically viable". Swathes of British society have been categorised in this way by the Conservatives and they are slowly being ground into the dirt. And now they might end up in court faced with the prospect of a crippling bill for simply exercising their ancient right to plead innocent.

Have the Planets Aligned for Ed Miliband?

Leo Garbutt | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Leo Garbutt

Over the last century, there have been periods during which one set of commonly accepted values in British politics is replaced by another. This occur...

Labour 20 Seats Ahead in the first Polling Observatory forecast Model

Robert Ford | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Politics
Robert Ford

The Polling Observatory forecasting model has been a long time in the making, and builds on our effort in 2010, where we fared relatively successfully...

How To Make Friends With The Opposition

Jasmine Irving | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jasmine Irving

Whilst I can spend a lot of my life being serious and campaigning for what I believe in with unfaltering conviction, I can also spend a couple of weeks or months with the people who I guess technically I campaign against and actually make friends with them.

The Curse of Apathy: Why Don't We Believe in Ourselves?

Kay Smythe | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kay Smythe

Apathy is a strange curse. I recently conversed with a friend over the diminishing motivation of my generation. It's not that we're lazy, nor are we disinterested in the workings of our planet, but there is a heightened degree of the 'It will never happen' attitude.

Poor Sir Malcolm Rifkind - From a Welfare Recipient

John Sargeant | Posted 25.04.2015 | UK Politics
John Sargeant

I can sympathise you want a professional pay package to compensate you for the sacrifice you have made in public service. I can only apologise that sacrificing my own professional career to continue the care of my disabled brother, saving the tax payer £80,000 a year, was not enough to keep you in the manner you wish to be accustomed.

'Cash for Access' - Time for Parliament to Get Its House in Order

John Lehal | Posted 25.04.2015 | UK Politics
John Lehal

What amazes me however, is that, as we have seen in previous 'scandals', there remain a diminishing few Parliamentarians who are so quick to consider outside interests, with not a thought about the risk to public perception of inappropriate influence...

Fifty Shades, BDSM and the Kinkyf**kery of Our Civil Liberties

Bex Felton | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK Politics
Bex Felton

While we variously hand-wring about our moral turpitude or lament the lack of full frontal nudity ; while our services deploy emergency drills in the face of lapsed public virtue - we're averting our lusty gaze from a far more insidious threat.

How to Get Your Kids Excited About the General Election

Helen Redding | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK Politics
Helen Redding

As we move into the all-important 100-day run-up to the UK's 2015 General Election saddled by people's declining propensity to vote, is it really possible to get children interested enough in elections to ensure they become future voters?

The Queen Disbands The Monarchy

Fearghas Kelly | Posted 26.03.2015 | UK Comedy
Fearghas Kelly

Charles, Former Prince of Wales, also looked to the future: "I want a real job. I'm 66 and I feel like I have no purpose in life.

If People Voted for Policies, the Green Party Would Win

Pennie Varvarides | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Politics
Pennie Varvarides

Opinion polls place the Greens in fourth place - but the results from the Vote for Policies survey show a much different picture... But despite most people preferring the Greens on paper, in real life we see the opposite.

Freud Revelation Exposes Weakness in David Cameron's Technique

Will Black | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK Politics
Will Black

The public, media and political response to the revelation that Lord Freud, in a fringe meeting at Conservative Party conference, suggested that some people with disabilities are not "worth" the minimum wage and perhaps should instead work for as little as £2 an hour, has been fascinating.

We Need to Talk About Proportional Representation (Again)

Jackson Rawlings | Posted 07.12.2014 | UK Politics
Jackson Rawlings

If we are planning to renegotiate the entire basis of our politics in terms of who votes on what, it may be worth asking how are those votes accounted for and what do they actually mean?

Europe to Britain: Our Patience is Running Out

Tim Oliver | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Politics
Tim Oliver

The E.U. values Britain's membership and a "Brexit" would be felt across Europe and around the world. But Britain is not indispensable. If faced with a choice the E.U. comes first, Britain second.

Scotland: Leave Yes and No Behind For Now: The Fight for Devo Max Begins Here

Gregor Cubie | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Politics
Gregor Cubie

I woke up strangely invigorated on Friday morning (on my sofa after one hour's sleep) because, as a longtime advocate of Devo Max for Scotland - which I would describe as self-governance in every area except fiscal policy, British Constitutional Politics, international diplomacy, international development, and national security - my fight had finally arrived.

Surf's Up and Cameron Needs to Stand Up

Will Black | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK Politics
Will Black

Without wishing to get all psychoanalytical, there does seem to be a parallel between Cameron's reluctance to stand up and surf and his apparent inability to stand up as a respected world leader.

David Cameron Has Already Failed the 'Family Test'

Will Black | Posted 18.10.2014 | UK Politics
Will Black

It's hard to argue against the basic idea, that all policies will have to pass a 'family test'. Cameron has said that from October every new domestic policy "will be examined for its impact on the family". The sound-bite accompanying this initiative is "nothing matters more than family."

Boris Launches Campaign While Cameron Holidays

Will Black | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Politics
Will Black

When I look back over David Cameron's political career, I will remember many things. The fact that he surrounded himself with millionaire Etonians while subjecting the most vulnerable in society to sharp cuts and while allowing global corporations and oligarchs to use Britain as a tax haven.

Intervention Was Not the Cause of Libya's Woes - Quite the Opposite

James Snell | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Libya is now in flames. This might seem to be a rather hyperbolic note on which to begin, but it is true. The country is spiralling out of control, and the city of Benghazi, the former rebel capital in the 2011 revolution against the dictatorship of Colonel Gaddafi, has reportedly been captured by Islamist militants and declared an 'Islamic emirate'.

Cameron's Cull: Pointless Window Dressing or a Cunning Distraction?

Will Black | Posted 13.09.2014 | UK Politics
Will Black

David Cameron yesterday had the enviable task of culling ministers, apparently to make way for fresh faces. Right-wing media predictably concentrated on the outrage of loyal long-standing Tories being driven out, rather than examining the toxicity that drove Cameron to take dramatic action at this stage of a parliament.

Shamefully, the Western World Has Failed the People of Syria

James Snell | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Despite the existence of other international crises, the civil war in Syria and its effects remain. Three years on from the beginning of protests against the dictatorial rule of President Assad, the original struggle for greater rights in a tyrannical state has morphed into an armed revolution.

Where Do British Muslims Stand on 'British Values'?

Michael Mumisa | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK
Michael Mumisa

The issue of great concern for most Muslim communities is not that they see a conflict between 'Muslim values' and 'British values' but that their children are growing up in a society in which such an imaginary binary opposition is constantly propagated by both politicians and 'extremist' elements within their communities.