UK Conservatives

You Can't Eat GCSEs, Iain Duncan Smith, and They Won't Keep You Warm

Nick Stephenson | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The child poverty figure was out this week, and it surprised many people by showing no overall rise. This wasn't the success the Conservatives tried to present it as; there is a target in place that commits the government to eradicating child poverty by 2020, the end of the current parliament, and this needs the figure to fall significantly every year with 2.3 million still below the breadline.

The Tory Myth of 'Full Employment' and the Reality: Austerity, 'Self-Employment', Chronic Underemployment and Workfare

Christian Garland | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Politics
Christian Garland

The unexpected Tory election victory last month no one seriously expected - least of all the Tory party - broke with the horror of a nightmare become ...

Lancashire's Vote Against Fracking Proves We Can Win the Fight for Action on Climate Change

Natalie Bennett | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

This rejection is worth celebrating, but we must not stop campaigning until there is a complete ban on the practice in Britain. Only then can we turn a corner in terms of our energy mix, to focus it on renewables. What we know now is that the fight for climate action can be won.

Cameron's Government Is Defiantly Anti-Progressive - People Are Right to Fight Back

Brogan Morris | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Politics
Brogan Morris

There have been some huge progressive successes around the world this past month - none of them, unfortunately, happened in the United Kingdom. Just l...

Limping Against Austerity: A Realistic Account of the March

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Politics
Ioan Marc Jones

It was the liveliest part of the protest. Men, women and children skipped to the sound of reggae and dancehall classics. A sea of placards adorned wit...

The Disabled Will Pay for Cameron's Cuts

Natalie Bennett | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

On 30 June the Independent Living Fund will be abolished, pulling the rug from under the 18,000 people with particularly high needs who rely on it to remain in their own homes. This cruel cut will not only make it even more difficult for disabled people to participate in their communities and go to work, but could even force some into residential homes. Today the Green Party's Work and Pensions spokesperson Jonathan Bartley joins Disabled People Against Cuts to lobby parliament in a last-ditch attempt to save this vital fund. Perhaps meeting those who depend on this support face to face might persuade MPs to change their minds. But this is just one telling example of the government's attitude towards disabled people.

Unnecessarily Censored David Cameron Is Way More Interesting

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Comedy

David Cameron is a ****. He leads the ******* Conservative Party. If you add unnecessary bleeps to his speeches, they get infinitely more ******* inte...

#ToriesforCorbyn Might Accidentally Bring Socialism to Britain

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Politics
Ioan Marc Jones

The #ToriesforCorbyn campaign, however, has a slight problem: the electorate widely support Corbyn's purportedly outlandish policies. Corbyn's anti-trident, anti-austerity and small-scale nationalisation agenda might seem unpalatable to Fleet Street commentators, but the polls suggest otherwise.

Toby Young: This Joke Isn't Funny Anymore

Will Porter | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Politics
Will Porter

I appreciate that I will be accused of being humourless Leftie, which is half true, but then this is the kind of joke enjoyed by coked up public school boys laughing as they wave money in the face of the homeless. I honestly suspect most Conservatives will think Tony Young's idea disgusting.

Europe's Greatest Challenge? Understanding Its Mandate

Ben Gwalchmai | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Politics
Ben Gwalchmai

Understanding its mandate & not kowtowing to financiers or extremists. For the political leaders of the European Union, it's easy to lose perspective...

The Conservatives Are Trying to End Political Debate, Forever

Bradley Allsop | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

It is true, as was recently pointed out to me, that we don't quite live under a dictatorship the likes of which emanates from Pyongyang, but if this is the best that can be said for it, the mother of parliaments is in desperate, dangerous trouble. We must stop assuming Cameron is a benign blunderer, and begin to treat him as the dangerous dictator he is on the path to becoming.

Running a Government Budget as if it Were a Household Budget Is Bad Economics

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

Running the government budget is fundamentally different from running a household budget. Simplistic dogmatic wheezes, such as enshrining budget surpluses in law, could cause real damage to Britain's economy. Mr.Osborne, please listen to the advice of experts and bin the policy.

Wales Election 2016 - The End of Labour?

Charlie Evans | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Evans

Labour is in a state of crisis. In the opening weeks of Parliament, the SNP appears to be the main opposition to a Conservative Party which is set to push through its program of austerity and make significant changes to the way human rights operate in this country.

Thatcher Drops Out Of Labour Leadership Race Over Fears She Is "Too Left-Wing"

Kieran Turner-Dave | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Comedy
Kieran Turner-Dave

Margaret Thatcher has withdrawn from the Labour leadership contest due to fears that she is too radically left-wing to lead the Labour Party.

Magna Carta: The Tory Translation Unveiled

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Comedy

HuffPost UK Comedy can exclusively reveal the Conservative Party's translation of Magna Carta on which they base their ethics and interpretations of t...

Here's A Top Secret List Of Tory Demands To The EU

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK Comedy

My, they are a fussy lot... (Video made for HuffPost UK Comedy by David Beresford and David Schneider.) ...

'Hidden Chancellor' George Osborne Sends In A Junior To Defend RBS Sale

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK Politics

George Osborne was branded a ‘hidden Chancellor’ today after failing to turn up to the Commons to defend selling the public stake in RBS for less ...

This Ex-Soldier's Moving Speech Silenced The Commons, Plus Other Great Maiden Addresses

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Politics

After knocking on doors, sticking flyers through letter boxes and begging for votes, the political dream came true for 176 new MPs on May 7th. Thei...

Osborne's Attack on Democracy

Christopher Bacon | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Christopher Bacon

Osborne's new framework is a joke, but reveals the contempt the Conservatives have for the democratic will of parliament. Any future (chartalist) government will be able to revoke the framework, returning the Treasury to a subordinate position. Until then, British democracy will have been weakened by the arbitrary, self-imposed "rules" that serve only a few and narrow interests.

I Was a Tory - Until I Educated Myself

Louise Wilson | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Politics
Louise Wilson

I have a confession: I once was a Tory supporter. Or at least, I thought I was. This is going back a decade, when I was in my early teens and just beginning to pay attention to the world outside my own life.

Will the New Tory Government Solve Our Housing Crisis?

Simon Thomas | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Thomas

Now that the political spectacle once dubbed 'the most un-predictable election in history' is over, and the Tories are at the head of their first majority government since the 1990s, what will they do to deal with the UK's housing crisis?

Will the Conservatives Deliver Continued Economic Growth?

John Coldicutt | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Politics
John Coldicutt

There is only so much we can draw from the Queen's Speech - as with any government, it will be judged on results rather than promises. Clearly, for the economy to really thrive, it's vital the Conservatives foster an environment which allows businesses across the UK to flourish. Only time will tell if David Cameron's Tories will succeed.

Why We Need to Defend Aspiration

John Bird | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK Politics
John Bird

There is a real problem for the Labour Party over aspiration and social mobility - and it goes to heart of the major fault lines that exist in its founding... The Labour Party and the trade union movement have a proud record of helping the aspirational. They should be making more of it, not less if it. And Sadiq Khan should be celebrating the social elevation that aspiration and perspiration brought to his life. Without it he would not be a prospective candidate to replace Boris. And we, the public, would not have been able to decide on his merits, or otherwise in the forthcoming mayoral race.

Electoral Reform and the Tyranny of the Majority

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK Politics
Ioan Marc Jones

In a straightforward battle of first past the post versus proportional representation, voters will make their decision based on self-interest. The tyranny of the majority, and thus the first past the post system, will inevitably prevail, as it did so convincingly in the 2011 referendum.

How to Survive Mental Illness Under a Tory Government

Laura Roche | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Politics
Laura Roche

Let's be honest, it wasn't ideal having mental health issues under the previous government, but now the Tories are in power, their proposed austerity cuts to service and benefits have understandably caused shock-waves and concern for sufferers.