Coalition Government

Working People Need a Strong Voice in the Very Place that Excludes Them

Ian Lavery | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Politics
Ian Lavery

It is now more important than ever to ensure that there are representatives in Parliament who speak in the trade union interest. It is crucial that working people have a strong voice in the place that excludes, amongst others, that very group of people.

Will The Queen's Speech Mean Anything For Ordinary Brits?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Politics

The Queen's Speech, which listed what the coalition will do for its final year before the general election, will not help for working Britons, trade u...

Nine Things You Need To Know About Today's Queen's Speech

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Politics

The Queen has just delivered her speech for the 2014 State Opening of Parliament, setting out what the coalition will try to do in its final year befo...

'We're No Zombies...' Government Sets Out Its Last Legislative Year

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Politics

The coalition government has tried to deflect claims it is a "zombie government" that has run out of ideas in the final Queen's Speech before next yea...

The Decline and Fall of Nick Clegg, and Why he Can Not be Replaced

Andrew Smith | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

There are few people in the country who could have had a worse weekend than Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg. The party was annihilated all across the UK, losing hundreds of its councillors and all but one of its MEPs...

Stitch on the Black Triangles and Be Done With It!

Rob McDowall | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Politics
Rob McDowall

Vilification of benefit claimants and disabled people is endemic, perhaps the government should just stitch on the black triangles and be done with it or bring in the Welfare Games to keep us at a more manageable number and remind us how grateful we are for all the 'pitty money' (in Simon Stevens words) that we get.

Children and Young People Are Being Betrayed

Chris Keates | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Politics
Chris Keates

As teachers gather at the NASUWT Annual Conference over the Easter weekend they will, of course, be concerned about the relentless attacks that the teaching profession has suffered over the last four years, along with other public service workers, on their pay, pensions and conditions of service.

What Happened to 'the Greenest Government Ever'?

Nash Riggins | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Politics
Nash Riggins

When David Cameron rose to power in 2010, he vowed to pilot the UK's "greenest government ever"... At least that was the dream. But fast forward to 2014, and what little environmental progress our government has made is being systematically disavowed in favour of industrial expansion.

Bob Crow - Omnitotemic in the Age of the Omnishambles...

Karl Davis | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK Politics
Karl Davis

Whether people like or loathe Bob Crow, his contribution to the industrial and political demographic cannot be diminished by partisan bias. Keep that contribution alive. Join a union. Fight for your rights as a worker deserving of respect and equity. Push for the alternative.

Lib/Lab Coalition? The Liberal Democrats Haven't Got a Clegg to Stand On

Oliver Carter-Esdale | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Carter-Esdale

"I think they've changed". Such were the touching and heartfelt words of Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats and Deputy Prime Minister when referring to the Labour party in a recent interview on BBC Radio 4. "...changed" Funny that, Nick...

Listen to Those Turbulent Priests

William Davie | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
William Davie

The church of England has been around since the end of the sixth century, while parliament has only been around in its present form since 1801. The church is far older, it has far more supporters, and if the government thinks that by ignoring it, it will just shut up and go away, then they are in for a very big surprise.

Welcome to Inequality Street

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

Britain prides itself on its sense of justice, on fair play and sticking up for the underdog. So what's gone wrong? Increasingly, as we look around, we find we're living on Inequality Street. Take, for example, the 2010 austerity programme. In theory the cuts didn't have to target the poorest, but in reality they have. This week The Centre for Welfare Reform published a new report, Counting the Cuts, which measures, not just how large the cuts have been, but also how fair they are, and who is being targeted. The results are shocking.

Less Legislation? Yes Please

Dr Mark Pack | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Mark Pack

Initiativeitis - an ugly word for a regrettable phenomena. It is an often-criticised habit of government ministers of all parties always to be touting a new initiative backed up by a new piece of legislation in order to look like they are working hard and making a difference.

Nick Clegg Urged To Apologise For Distress He's Caused To Lib Dems

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Comedy

Nick Clegg has been urged to apologise for his "completely inappropriate" behaviour as leader of the Liberal Democrats. Many believe that Clegg's ...

A Costly Coalition

Martin Edobor | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Politics
Martin Edobor

Weather forecasters have predicted that this year's winter may be one of the coldest on record. While many of us are fortunate to be employed, in a warm and well- heated house, there are millions of people about to face a winter homeless on the streets, unemployed or without support due to policies implemented by the current government.

Missing Children, Missing Care and Missing Questions: Why Are Children in Care Being Failed?

Charlotte Proudman | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK
Charlotte Proudman

We need a debate about whether it is morally acceptable to profit from the social care of vulnerable children. About how palatable the commoditisation of care is. About how appropriate it is to have a 'market' in housing children with multiple needs...

Britain's Next Housing Crisis

Nash Riggins | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK Politics
Nash Riggins

In last week's autumn statement, Chancellor George Osborne was able to showboat the supposed successes of his austerity-driven financial agenda and renew his increasingly unlikely commitment towards balancing Britain's topsy-turvy budget. Yet while he's busy fritting away government assets and liabilities at break-neck speed, Mr Osborne appears keen to ignore a major housing crisis looming just over the horizon. It won't be pretty.

Police Fight to Contain Anarchy in Cambridge

Will Black | Posted 30.01.2014 | UK Politics
Will Black

These may be the last words I ever write as terror has descended upon the cobbled streets of Cambridge and anarchy is breaking out in the quaint pubs and college bars. Apparently the nation should be worried about dastardly goings-on that would make Lewis and Morse's brutal Oxford seem peaceful.

More PhDs Is Not the Right Response to the Cuts in Education - Stop Destroying the Academic Job Market

George Iordanou | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
George Iordanou

The two traditional reasons for the destruction of the academic job market are attributed to the marketisation of education and to the government cuts in the Humanities and in the Social Sciences. Although these are the causes of the crisis, the structural damage is done by the reaction of the departments to the new status quo.

A&E Changes Making You Angry? Use Our Handy NHS Symptom Checker

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.11.2013 | UK Comedy

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The Lib Dems - Yellow by Name, Yellow by Nature

John Wight | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
John Wight

The Lib Dems were given the opportunity to go some way to salvaging some political credibility this week by voting for a Labour motion against one of the most vile policies ever visited on the poor and economically disadvantaged in many a year. They chose not to and hopefully now political oblivion awaits.

WATCH: Government Advice For Keeping Warm This Winter

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Comedy

Worried about heating bills - and more? Check out the government's top tips for keeping warm this winter in this public information video. (Video m...

Jessica Elgot

10 Silly Things People Say About Food Banks

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 26.10.2013 | UK

It's an embarrassing fact for the coalition government, that soaring numbers of people turning to emergency food banks. More than 350,000 people re...

Coalition Government at Corruption Crossroads - Which Turning Will It Take?

Robert Barrington | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Robert Barrington

All governments face hard choices. Transparency International's new 'Anti-Corruption Scorecard' suggests that this Government has some particularly important choices to make on its approach to corruption.

Maybe It's Time to Look to Germany

William Davie | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
William Davie

The British system of parliamentary democracy is respected the world over. But in this modern age, where people won't just accept the concept of a two party dynamic, where people's political opinions don't just fit into left or right boxes, maybe the time has come to take some lessons from our friends in Germany.