British Politics

If People Voted for Policies, the Green Party Would Win

Pennie Varvarides | Posted 30.11.2014 | 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.

The Rise of the Politics of Delusion

James Snell | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Use the advent of new systems of communication to broaden your horizons, to learn and experience new things. Exploit the decline of party politics: now is the chance to develop opinions without the limiting nature of partisan groupthink.

Impunity in the Armed Forces, Inconsistency in the Foreign Office

Robin Jones | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Jones

The ECCHR and PIL Communication to the International Court affirms this when it states that those most responsible for British War Crimes are not the soldiers but those "high ranking civilian and military officials" reluctant to prosecute. If the Communication is successful, and the ICC is forced to act, these officials may yet be held to account.

The 'No' Campaign Has Sunk Further Than the Jeremy Kyle Show

Will Black | Posted 15.06.2014 | UK Politics
Will Black

Thus far the 'No' campaign has been rather more Jeremy Kyle than Made in Chelsea. It has been so shamelessly threatening that at times I have wondered if it is part of a covert plot to drive Scotland away. As we have got closer to the September vote, the arguments against independence have got more desperate and apocalyptic.

No Eric Pickles We Are Not a Christian Nation

John Sargeant | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Politics
John Sargeant

You see Mr Pickles, the Scots understand a pluralistic, religiously diverse country better than you do. The Irony is we might just be about to lose them because you do not understand what did make Britain a nation.

Nigel Farage Is No Patriot

Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia

For a British politician, being patriotic implies a deep understanding of British culture, values and national interest, and the willingness and ability to stick up for those values. Farage demonstrated a total misinterpretation of British culture and history and the values on which that culture is based.

Isn't It Time Labour Begin Taking the Rise of 'Red' UKIP Seriously?

Marcus Hobley | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK Politics
Marcus Hobley

The threat UKIP poses to a Conservative victory in 2015 is widely recognised, less so the damage it could cause Labour. If recent revelations regarding UKIP's electoral strategy are to be taken seriously, the threat to Labour could be equally as potent.

Why the Tube Strike Has Been Successful in More Ways Than One

Sam Mercer | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Politics
Sam Mercer

Last I checked, the best and most successful strikes in history have been those that have caused disruption. RMT will not have voted to strike, with the aim of making commuters' lives more convenient. Explicitly, the strike has done exactly what it set out to do.

Citizen's Arrest - What Not To Do

Hannah Fisher | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK
Hannah Fisher

Last weekend, a former UK Prime Minister was ambushed and verbally berated by a brazen bar worker (Mr. Garcia). Whilst serving the former PM as he dined in an east London restaurant, Mr. Garcia believed it appropriate to perform "a citizen's arrest for a crime against peace...". A few days after this extraordinary episode took place, the UK national newspapers gave front page honour to the incident.

2013: The Year the BBC Looked Like a Bogus Signer

Will Black | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK
Will Black

My view is that the BBC is simply not transmitting an accurate account of reality. Over the space of the year it has ignored significant news and spun events to present something quite different from what those involved witnessed.

Before Attacking Foreign Workers Look at Your Christmas List

Will Black | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Politics
Will Black

Debates about globalisation examine impacts on all concerned - whether importers of labour, food and goods or those countries losing key workers, giving up their food or being turned into polluted assembly lines. Debates about the EU and migration which lack that level of empathy - and concentrate purely on what Britain is supposedly losing - simply miss the point.

Time to End UK Government Reticence to Extremism

John Sargeant | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Politics
John Sargeant

The Prime Minister's Extremism Task Force report "Tackling extremism in the UK" has apologised for not doing enough to tackle islamic extermisim: We ...

Michael Gove's Brave New World

Will Black | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Will Black

In Aldous Huxley's 1932 novel Brave New World, children were not only classified before birth for the type of work they would do - and therefore the level of investment in their education - but also subjected to horrific interventions designed to stunt the mental development of the masses...

Press Regulation is the Greatest Threat to Purveyors of Poison

Will Black | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Will Black

As we await the Privy Council's announcement on press regulation, one might expect tabloid editors and proprietors to keep a low profile and try to keep wraps on their more extremist views.