UK Coalition

Another Coalition Row About Snooping On The Internet

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jack Sommers | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Politics

Police are to get powers to force internet firms to hand over details that could help identify suspected terrorists and paedophiles, prompting another...

Mehdi Hasan

'Ed Miliband Is A Different Sort Of Politician'

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Politics

A couple of years ago, on a wet weekday night in Wigan, the local Labour MP Lisa Nandy was traipsing through the streets urging residents to ...

In Defence of Ed Miliband

Robin Lustig | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

Perhaps I'm the last person in the country - but I still like Ed Miliband. More than that, I think he could be a pretty good prime minister. Yes, I know there aren't many of us left, and I want to try to analyse why... According to YouGov, people who dislike Ed Miliband describe him as unconvincing, unelectable, out of his depth, weak and irritating. Those who like him (yes, it's a much smaller number) say he stands up for ordinary people, is intelligent, honest, genuine and decent.

If The Government Was Honest About How It Spent Your Taxes, It Might Look Something Like This...

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Comedy

The government has sent out 'Annual Tax Summary' letters showing voters exactly how their tax money is being spent. We have to say, it's pretty honest...

Why Do Politicians Bottle the Big Decisions?

Stuart Thomson | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Politics
Stuart Thomson

So why do politicians appear to bottle the difficult decisions? The easy answer is that they do not want to take a chance with paying the electoral consequences of such decisions. The balance between 'winners' and 'losers' would be such that any government taking the action would be punished at the next election, it is said.

C4's Dispatches on Universal Credit - An End to Victim-Blaming?

Nick Stephenson | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Dispatches didn't feel the need to offer 'context' by touring the areas where those appearing lived, showing graffiti and broken windows, shouting kids on BMX bikes and people drinking in the street and asking us to judge all residents as morally lacking. It focused on issues instead of personalities, and viewers came out actually understanding the problems as a result.

HS3 - No Step-Change at Westminster, Just a Myopic Matron Being Stingy With the Bandages

Karl Davis | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Politics
Karl Davis

The railway is more than a political football. It's an agent of change. If HS2 were implemented with unblinkered vision, it could bring an economic revolution. The north is more than half a dozen cities designated by Barbara Castle as deserving of a transport executive in decades long passed...

Clegg 'Called A W*****' By Home Office Special Adviser

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Politics

A Liberal Democrat MP has called for an official investigation after a Home Office special adviser allegedly used derogatory language to describe Nick...

Hurry, Hurry, Hurry! It's The Great NHS Privatisation Sale - And Everything Must Go!

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Comedy

What are you waiting for, big business? It's the coalition government's great NHS privatisation sale - and everything must go! (Made for HuffPost U...

Joining Together to Defeat the 'Bedroom Tax' Should Just Be the Start for Labour and the Lib Dems

Mathew Hulbert | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK Politics
Mathew Hulbert

This was an all-too-rare case of Labour and the Liberal Democrats coming together to defeat the Conservatives... I think we may see more of these two parties working together before polling day in May next year.

'Nick Clegg - The Movie?' Twitter Suggests Amazing #LibDemFilms

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK Politics

After suffering years of coalition, Nick Clegg is finally being honoured with a film about his role in its creation - just in time for next year's ele...

A First Look At The Poster For Nick Clegg: The TV Movie

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK Comedy

Thanks to David Schneider and David Beresford for the scoop.... ...

Companies, Charities, Co-operatives - Three Legs of the Economic Stool

Ed Mayo | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK
Ed Mayo

The new century has seen two great reforms of organizational life in the UK, in the form of new Acts of Parliament that review and consolidate all the relevant existing legislation. The first was the Companies Act 2006, which followed a lengthy Company Law Review. The second was the Charities Act 2011.

Clegg May Stick With Cameron After The Next Election After All

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Politics

The Liberal Democrats are reportedly planning to stay in a coalition with the Tories after next year's general election, even if the Labour party wins...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Miliband Takes On The Israelis

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Tuesday 22 July 2014... 1) MILIBAND TAKES ON THE ISRAELIS Ed Miliband hasn't had much to say about Israel's ...

More Unemployed Misery as Falling Wages and Self-Employment Woes Hit

Nick Stephenson | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Today's official unemployment figures show a familiar pattern to those who watch them regularly.

Millions In Taxpayers' Money Being Paid To Underperforming Contractors

PA | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK

Tens of millions of pounds of taxpayers' money is being paid out in bonuses to under-performing contractors responsible for delivering the Government'...

Enough of the Politics of Punch and Judy

Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia

The current UK coalition government has worked remarkably well. Everyone I speak to who is not personally embedded in the political process seems to agree. Yet there are calls from parts of the grass roots of both governing parties to abandon the coalition. Why? And are they the right calls?

Miliband's Shadow Cabinet Critics Should 'Pull Their Weight', Says Sadiq Khan

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons & Mehdi Hasan | Posted 12.06.2014 | UK Politics

Members of the shadow cabinet who complain off the record about Labour's leader and election campaign need to "pull their weight", Sadiq Khan has said...

Alternative für Großbritannien? What European Politicians Can Get Away With Thanks to Unaware Brits

Gregor Smith | Posted 07.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gregor Smith

What these Conservative alliances really show, then, is not the increasing likelihood of any UK parliamentary coalition with UKIP, but the unawareness - or even ignorance or apathy - of British voters towards European politics.

Future Labour Government WILL NOT Undo Hugely Unpopular Coalition Cuts

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 29.05.2014 | UK

A future Labour government will not undo the hugely unpopular cuts imposed by the current coalition, the shadow chief secretary to the Treasury is exp...

A Food Chain of Victimhood: The Metropolitan Police, the Boy With Down's Syndrome and a Feckless Austerity

Karl Davis | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK
Karl Davis

Austerity, and online petitions have much in common. Both are dominant online topics, and both have a polarising effect on opinion as to whether they can ever truly yield successful outcomes. Petitions seem to be becoming the reposte of choice for those affected by the worst effects of austerity, and today I read about a case that exemplifies this brilliantly.

Britain's Got a New Housing Bubble - and It's About to Explode

Nash Riggins | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Politics
Nash Riggins

Over the last twelve months, short-sighted plans like the government's coveted Help to Buy scheme have caused excessive price inflation - and if the Chancellor doesn't do something to restrain demand, that bubble is soon going to blow up in his face.

On the EU, Britain Should Take Some Danish Lessons

Giles Goodall | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Politics
Giles Goodall

The British and Danish debates about Europe have much in common - concerns about migration (read 'benefit tourism'), a sense of threatened national identity, and the division of national and EU powers (to opt in or to opt out, that is the question) - but the tone and direction differ enormously.

Britain Has 'Violated Right To Nutrition' As 1m Now Use Food Banks

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK

The British government has been accused of violating the human right to food, and international law, as it was revealed nearly one million adults and ...