British Politics

David Cameron Has Already Failed the 'Family Test'

Will Black | Posted 19.08.2014 | 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 07.08.2014 | 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 03.08.2014 | 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 15.07.2014 | 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 15.07.2014 | 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.

The Privatisation of Intelligence Services and the Erosion of Security

Will Black | Posted 14.11.2013 | UK Politics
Will Black

Edward Snowden gave away state secrets because he believed the public should know what the American government does in its name. Due to the privatisation of intelligence services, there are many more people out there with sensitive data who could be persuaded to part with it by nothing more than a smile from a pretty face or one too many pints of beer.

The Bane of Capital: Capitalism in Britain has not Wasted its Crisis

Sam Mercer | Posted 23.10.2013 | UK Politics
Sam Mercer

Britain has been gripped by tough economic measures for some time. However, instead of being damaged by such tough economic times, capitalism in Britain has heeded the words of Milton Friedman and Stuart Hall, and not wasted this crisis...

David Miliband Condemns 'Broken' Political System

PA | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK Politics

David Miliband has condemned a "broken" political system which left parties under the control of "small groups". The former foreign secretary lost ...

Electoral Registration Changes Hit a Set-Back: A New Way Forward

Toby James | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK Politics
Toby James

There was bad news for British democracy on Wednesday. The new system of electoral registration being introduced in Britain next year hit a set-back.

What's the Point of Nuclear Weapons?

Alex Ford | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK Politics
Alex Ford

Why do we have them? Why for that matter do any of those nations have them? Why are some nations keen to spend fortunes on programmes developing these weapons - whilst their people go hungry? Because it means they are in that club - vanity.

It's Time the All Party Parliamentary Group on Islamophobia Found Its Teeth

Dr Chris Allen | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Chris Allen

In the wake of the nail bomb explosion at the mosque in Tipton, now is the perfect opportunity for the APPG on Islamophobia to finally find its teeth, to overcome its relative impotence and finally live up to the expectation many of us had when it was first launched.