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Whistleblowing in the Public Interest Goes on Trial

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

This week, the man who lifted the lid on the cynical practices employed by large, profitable corporations to avoid paying taxes goes on trial. Through...

Sadiq and Zac Refused to Meet the Greens - It Could Cost Them

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

When I call the Greens' Mayoral candidate, Sian Berry, she's on the train to meet Britain's Chief Rabbi. It's a sign of the extremely varied - and hectic - nature of the campaign to become London's next leader. I've managed to grab ten minutes out of her packed schedule to discuss what could turn out to be a crucial moment in the campaign...

Eternal Souring of a Spotless Mind

Simon Fairweather | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Politics
Simon Fairweather

I have been missing in action for a good couple of months. For fine reason too, a membership examination followed by a brutal rota stint that left me ...

Heidi Allen Interview: Meet The Tory MP Who Took On The Government Over Welfare And Won

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK Politics

In Heidi Allen’s office, there is a framed quotation from Margaret Thatcher: “If you just set out to be liked, you will be prepared to compromise ...

Even Thatcher's Education Secretary Thinks The Government Are Wrong On Academies

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK Politics

ᐧ A Tory grandee last night joined the growing chorus of Conservative opposition to plans to force all schools to become academies. Kenneth Ba...

Quiz: Are You One Of Tory MP Sir Alan Duncan's 'Low Achievers'?

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Politics

Tory MP Sir Alan Duncan yesterday claimed people who aren't rich are "low achievers" as he tried to defend David Cameron in the off-shore tax row. His...

The Panama Papers Reveal Something We Already Knew: it's One Rule for the Rich and Another for the Rest of Us

Sam Glover | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK Politics
Sam Glover

The revelation that more than 214,000 off-shore companies have been established in Panama to help the super-rich avoid paying tax is shocking, but not...

Tax Havens: They Simply Shouldn't Exist

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

11.5 million documents leaked from "one of the world's most secretive companies", Panamanian law firm, Mossack Fonseca, have given us a view of how th...

Panama Papers: Time for Ultimatums

Joshua Virasami | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK Politics
Joshua Virasami

With the Panama Papers the jig is up. Austerity's proposed logic, which has always been flawed, is now null and void. The public, in an extremely public fashion, now have proof of how the rich have robbed the poor.

Women Need Tax Justice More Than Once a Month

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

Osborne must realise that genuine tax justice for women is not a once-a-month occurrence. It must cut across all tax and spend policies, universally, and help rather than hinder the fight for gender equality.

Carol Vorderman Slams Cameron As A Hypocrite Over Panama Papers Scandal

The Huffington Post | Eve Hartley | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK

Presenter Carol Vorderman has labelled David Cameron as a "hypocrite" in the wake of the Panama Papers scandal. The leak of 11 million documents which...

Time to Stop Cars Driving Climate Change

Ian Duncan | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK Politics
Ian Duncan

Coal, oil and gas burning energy plants have borne the brunt of the EU's emission ambitions so far, but a time is fast approaching when it is not the power plants far from our home that will do the heavy lifting but the car in our garage. Are you ready to turn off the ignition of your fossil-fuelled car? The clock is ticking.

Internecine Tory Warfare to Go With the Recurrent Habit of Defeat

Christian Garland | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Politics
Christian Garland

Last week's National Apprenticeship Week was full of discussion. We heard about the productivity gains of hiring apprentices, and concerns around the gender divide. We celebrated the amazing things apprentices have achieved, and heard from business leaders who are pledging to create more apprenticeships.

Holyrood 2016: The First Scottish Presidential Election

Alan Grant | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

If the reader has been able to draw their gaze away from the new series of House of Cards they will know that there is a real-life American Presidenti...

The Tories Are Paying the Price of Hubris

Mark Detre | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Detre

On paper, the Tories should be doing much better than this. They are, after all, not even a year into their first term as a majority government. They are experienced, canny political operators with a largely supplicant press. Why is it happening? Quite simply, because they have forgotten that hubris always leads to error, sooner or later.

Tory Campaigner Sabotaging Own Party's Website Over Disability Cuts Is Awkward For Osborne

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK

A Conservative disability activist has quit and shut down a party website over cuts in the Budget that he said were "destroying lives". Graeme Ellis, ...

London Fire Brigade Video Streaming App Could Improve Response to Major Incidents

Tony Arbour | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Politics
Tony Arbour

The London Fire Brigade could improve its response to major incidents by embracing mobile technology. I recently authored a report entitled "Updated...

BBC Question Time: Ruth Davidson Says The SNP Has Been 'Found Out'

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 10.03.2016 | UK Politics

The Scottish National Party has been accused of trying to “con” the Scottish public into voting for independence after figures emerged showing the...

This Government Is Waging Ideological Warfare on Its Own People: It's Time to Get Angry!

Lee Williscroft-Ferris | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK Politics
Lee Williscroft-Ferris

I'm exhausted. As someone who has become increasingly politically active in recent years, I don't mind admitting that I am somewhat battle-fatigued. I use the word 'battle' with full cognizance of its dramatic effect.

Junior Doctors: A Case for Mass Resignation - Time for Revolution?

Chris James | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK Politics
Chris James

On 9 March the junior doctors will go back on strike for another 48 hours of "emergency care only" provision. This comes as the response to Jeremy Hun...

VAT Is a Feminist Issue

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

The theme of this year's International Women's Day is gender parity. It is clear that ensuring a Europe-wide VAT exemption on sanitary products and creating a 'gender sensitive' taxation system is an important step to achieving such parity.

Rent Control Will Starve London's Housing Future

Andrew Boff | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Boff

The idea of rent control, or "rent stabilisation" as it was recently rebranded, is often banded about as a solution to rising rents and a way of cutting costs for tenants over the long-term. The problem is over the long-term these strategies have been shown to do the complete opposite.

Trade Union Bill: It's Time for Real Cross-Party Funding Talks

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

Changing how parties are funded isn't the sort of this which should be done by a government to its opposition. So democracy campaigners were pleased to welcome a key report on the Trade Union Bill on Wednesday - a Bill which as it stands would do just that.

Do We Need a Minister for Mental Health?

Danny Bowman | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Danny Bowman

In the past couple of months mental health has well and truly come to the forefront of the UK government; with all political parties talking about how they believe we can improve mental health services and with mental health effecting nearly every department of government, is it time for this government to create a minister for mental health in their cabinet?

Basic Income: We Cannot Afford Not to Do It

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

Basic Income is a serious proposal necessary to address many of the economic problems facing the developed world. Let us start by defining what Basic ...