UK Coalition

Bad Work Is Worse Than No Work, So Why Should Unemployed People Take Any Job?

Nick Stephenson | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK
Nick Stephenson

If we want the kind of economy and country where all are empowered to make the most of their careers and lives, and where the needs of the many are prioritised over those of the few, we need to understand the real story behind the coalition 'recovery'.

The Apprentice 2015: Guess Who Next Year's Contestants Are?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK Comedy

We get an exclusive look at the contestants who'll be in Alan Sugar's firing line next year... (Video made for HuffPost UK Comedy by Amanda Wilkie,...

George Osborne: Pursuing Austerity Like the Spoils of a Feckless War

Karl Davis | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Politics
Karl Davis

Like conflict, austerity leaves people scarred, changing them forever, and disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable. It is ultimately self defeating. Most tellingly, it is the poorest who suffer most under austerity, as in war, whilst the richest always profit...

The Core Is No Place for Any Political Party

Stuart Thomson | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Politics
Stuart Thomson

A core strategy approach is fundamentally a risk averse approach. For a politician, especially for the Labour and Conservative parties, that want a chance of ending up in government, a core strategy approach is the best chance of ending up there. The chances of a majority are though, slim. If they want to win on their own then they need to look beyond their core.

Autumn Statement: A Long-Term Economic Plan Should Have a Poverty-free UK at Its Heart

Julia Unwin | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK Politics
Julia Unwin

The Autumn Statement was the Government's last chance to ensure the economic recovery does not bypass the worst off. This opportunity was missed.

David Cameron Has Made A Facebook 'Thanks' Video For Nick Clegg, And It's Truly Touching

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Comedy

The Prime Minister has joined the craze for Facebook 'Say Thanks' videos, and paid tribute to Nick Clegg. Aww! (Facebook admin for David Cameron by...

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...