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An Open Letter to Brexit

Rohan Banerjee | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Politics
Rohan Banerjee

Dear Brexit, Congratulations on a hard if not well-fought victory in the EU referendum. I write to you with my heart as heavy as the pressure that now falls on your shoulders to make good of the biggest political and economic gamble in Britain's history.

A New Settlement for Post Referundum Britain

Simon Sapper | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Politics
Simon Sapper

The future is of course unwritten. The post-referendum landscape will inevitably be different, and we can't leave it to others to shape it. The opportunity to shape a new constitutional settlement - that takes the heat from the referendum campaign and produces something effective, enduring and empowering - is one we must take.

Five Steps the Government Needs to Take on Mental Health

Danny Bowman | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Danny Bowman

The government has claimed to be putting mental health as one of there most important issues when it comes to addressing social issues but for all the rhetoric has anything really changed? So on that note I have put together a comprehensive list put together by The Bowman Foundation.

An Open Letter to the Chief of Ofsted and the Education Secretary

Ella Marshall | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ella Marshall

Mr Wilshaw and Mrs Morgan, I sincerely hope that you do not rest easy at night when the servants of your system lie awake toiling and panicking over what extra workload tomorrow may bring...

Religion and Secular Liberalism Should Enrich Each Other in a Modern Democracy

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK
Muhammad Abdul Bari

Ignorance of others in a pluralist democracy is a big enemy. In recent decades the lack of religious literacy in Europe is becoming ever more evident....

Mao money, Mao problems: a political eulogy for John McDonnell (with a drawing of George Osborne)

Iddo Goldfarb | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK Politics
Iddo Goldfarb

I suppose I should've drawn Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell after his toe-curling response to Big George's spending review last week. But, given that...

Crossrail's Great Delay Shows We Need to Think Creatively to Keep London Moving

Syed Kamall | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Politics
Syed Kamall

Crossrail was finally delivered mainly by Londoners for Londoners, with a democratically accountable Mayor at the helm and over 60% of its £14.8bn funding coming directly from Londoners and London's businesses. After Crossrail, it is clear that London's entrepreneurial citizens need to keep the initiative.

In Praise of Permanent Budget Deficits

Christopher Bacon | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Christopher Bacon

A permanent budget deficit would not be inflationary because the economy is not operating at full capacity. Even if it were operating at full capacity, a (smaller) deficit would still be required to maintain that state of affairs.

It's Not Just the Foxes That Are Sly

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Politics
Philip Mansbridge

I shudder to think what will happen if these amendments pass on Wednesday. Our Government will have been the one to technically legislate for a return to cruelty. We cannot let them. It is wrong. At its very best, this is misrepresentation of the electorate, dirty play and a backward step for our progressive nation.

Don't Let the Piecemeal Policies Distract - This Is a 'Tory' Budget

Beth Miller | Posted 10.07.2016 | UK Politics
Beth Miller

It's a budget of which young people and those working on the lowest incomes are the biggest victims. Don't let the piecemeal soundbite policies distract from that. It's a political master class in creating the perception of centrist policies while pursuing an ideologically right wing economic agenda that appeases those who turn out and vote, older people and the wealthy.

What Four-Year-Olds Can Teach Us About Foodbanks and Government

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 08.05.2016 | UK
Carrie Armstrong

Some changes really are instant. And if four year olds, with no voting power at all, living under the poverty line can still find a way to give lentils to starving babies? If they can feel powerful, purely because it never occurs to them that they don't have the power to change the world and help others?

Votes for Animals - Okay?

Joe Duckworth | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK
Joe Duckworth

There's something exciting about seeing people getting passionate about politics, and enthused about animals. On Thursday, I witnessed both those things in equal measure, and it was great!

Carry On Campaigning: Sexing Up the Election

Marc Paterson | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Comedy
Marc Paterson

Photo credit: Smabs Sputzer / Source / CC BY Sid James is prowling the streets in a pin-stripe suit and a red rosette, being followed by groups of yo...

Have the Planets Aligned for Ed Miliband?

Leo Garbutt | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Leo Garbutt

Over the last century, there have been periods during which one set of commonly accepted values in British politics is replaced by another. This occur...

Here Come the Greens...

Zahid Ayden | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Politics
Zahid Ayden

On Monday, the Green Party unveiled their new campaign poster in Westminster, boasting a rich, emerald green where the MP of Brighton Pavillion Caroline Lucas and party leader Natalie Bennett stand, both with beaming smiles and the tagline: What are you afraid of boys? - I like it...

Students Could Swing The Outcome Of The 2015 Election

The Huffington Post UK | Keumars Afifi-Sabet | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Students could swing the result in up to 10 constituencies in next year’s general election despite only making up 3% of the population, research has...

Ukip Can't Turn Back the Clock

Bob Morgan | Posted 10.01.2015 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

Ukip will ultimately disappoint (because all parties do in the end) - at the moment Ukip are many things to their supporters - an alternative to the establishment, a 'friend' to the ordinary man... In reality they promise little more than wanting us out of the EU even though we appear to be doing well whilst in Europe with a growing UK economy.

The Strange Rebirth of Conservative England

Stuart Thomson | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK Politics
Stuart Thomson

For many it never really went away but the political agenda is currently being dominated by the issues, politicians and parties of the right.

Labour Takes the Lead in NHS Opener

David Boot | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Politics
David Boot

Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats are scrabbling over the title as the most trusted party on the NHS, and for good reason. Polling has shown that the NHS, always high on the list of issues most important to the electorate, is likely to be priority number one come election day. Don't expect the noise around the NHS to abate anytime soon...

'Unlawful' Housing Campaigners Forced To Abandon Occupation

Posted 03.10.2014 | UK

A group of campaigners "unlawfully" occupying unused houses to oppose their demolition are being forced out by a London council, despite being granted...

The Real Problem With Ed

Iddo Goldfarb | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Politics
Iddo Goldfarb

Whenever I see Ed Miliband trying to pretend he's a human, I'm always reminded of a particular scene in Mark Tavener's criminally underrated sitcom Absolute Power in which the oily sultan of spin Charles Prentiss (not so much played by as written for Stephen Fry) is sizing up dowdy Tory shadow minister Joanne Standing (basically a pilot version of The Thick of It's Nicola Murray).

So, What Do You Think You Could Have Done Differently?

Dr Andrew Crines | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Andrew Crines

At the end of the day one of the two main parties will form the next government, either with or without a third party. Each of them could do something now to enhance their chances, however it would seem as though it is Labour and the Liberal Democrats who have the most immediate need. The tragedy of their position is on 8 May 2015 they will be kicking themselves if they do nothing.

It's Time to Take Voting Online

Jade Lane | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Tech
Jade Lane

I can't help but think that local councils are missing a trick here. In our technology-driven world where we manage much of our lives online, from personal finances to doing our shopping, surely it would make sense to introduce the option of being able to vote online?

Non-White Voters May Hold The Key to The Next General Election

Adam Afriyie | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Politics
Adam Afriyie

I'm pleased that black and Asian voters want to back the Conservatives. I did when I was young and I don't regret it. When I joined I knew that the Conservative Party didn't care whether I was 1st, 3rd or 300th generation British.

How to Solve a Problem Like Maria

Jake Hurfurt | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jake Hurfurt

Less than a quarter of Britons trust MPs. This worrying fact was published in an IPSOS/Mori poll in December 2013. If you polled the same people today, that figure would be below a fifth, thanks to the renewed scandal Maria Miller has brought to the Commons.