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Back to the Future - How to Dismantle the NHS

Youssef El-Gingihy | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK Politics
Youssef El-Gingihy

What do the next five years hold for the NHS? The pre-election jamboree is quickly evaporating. The promise of billions more in funding now feels like a distant sound-bite. The Daily Telegraph recently set the tone with a front page headline in which Jeremy Hunt declared that the NHS now has enough money and will have to make do. However, all the talk on funding in the election debates completely missed the point.

I Dislike Jeremy Hunt Because...

Joe Ellis-Gage | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Politics
Joe Ellis-Gage

Jeremy talks a lot about seven day working in his speech. He seems to think that this is a new concept that nobody has thought about. He must be strolling around feeling rather proud of himself. Well I have news for you Mr Hunt... we already work weekends.

Death of National Insurance Could Mean the Death of Universal State Benefits

Nick Stephenson | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Those who still have a sentimental attachment to children shouldn't worry: Duncan Smith is in the process of redefining child poverty so you won't have to hear about the suffering his policies create as their experiences grow more miserable but they fit within a happier category. If NI and income tax are joined, expect to see the welfare state look radically different within a very short time.

The Hunting Pact 2015: We're All in This Together

Richard Law | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Richard Law

Since receiving the mandate to turn the UK blue, the Conservatives have wasted little time in outlining some major potential policy overhauls, the germs of which one must imagine have sat since 2010 in a pipeline clogged by coalition government.

Owen Bennett

'I Am Not The MP For Hong Kong' Tory MP Alan Mak Speaks Out | Owen Bennett | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Politics

Alan Mak The 2015 General Election saw 176 MPs elected to the Commons for the very first time. In a series of exclusive interviews, The Huffing...

SNP and the Lib Dems Are Now the Real Oppposition

Stephen Donnan | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Politics
Stephen Donnan

The Opposition that doesn't Oppose is not something to aspire to. If Labour hadn't permanently destroyed any chance of recapturing those left wing votes they have lost to the SNP in Scotland or to the Greens and Plaid Cymru in England and Wales before the election then they have assured that outcome tonight.

Members' Exits - And Entrances: Select Committee Membership, 2010-2015

Gavin Freeguard | Posted 20.07.2015 | UK Politics
Gavin Freeguard

In this blog we look at the 20 select committees whose job is to scrutinise specific government departments. We have excluded 'cross-cutting' and internal committees committees from our analysis because many of these - including the Environmental Audit Committee and all those with non-elected chairs and members - have yet to be established.

Tory MP On £90k Apologises For 'Watching The Pennies' Claim

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 20.07.2015 | UK Politics

A Tory minister who earns almost £90,000 has apologised for saying he would have to “watch the pennies” if MPs did not get a £7,000 pay rise. ...

The "Preventing-Prevent" Lobby is Gaining Momentum

Dilly Hussain | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Politics
Dilly Hussain

As Britain's Muslim community became more frustrated due to the draconian nature of Prevent, and its insistence in tarnishing mainstream Muslim organisations, speakers and activists as "extreme" for espousing normative Islamic beliefs, it was inevitable that a collective movement would emerge against it.

Blood Sports Breed Violence

Sharon Bull | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK
Sharon Bull

I've always found blood sports despicable and never understood why any civilised human being would wish to take part in such hideous pastimes. In my e...

A Sense of Direction: When Permanent Secretaries Object to Ministerial Decisions

Gavin Freeguard | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK Politics
Gavin Freeguard

Over the last few weeks, the government has published details of four 'ministerial directions' given by Secretaries of State to their permanent secretaries.

Yet Another Attack on International Students

Mostafa Rajaai | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Mostafa Rajaai

Over the past couple of decades, international students have been increasingly seen as cash cows by universities, colleges and the government; especially as cuts to education have increased.

Why We Want International Students to Work in the UK

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

The international students in the UK provide British universities with so much money, it would really not be detrimental to us in any significant way for them to work part-time or find graduate jobs after studying. Many of us Brits love to travel, study abroad, work abroad, and retire abroad. We need to be more open to those who wish to do the same in the UK.

Should We Begrudge Those on Minimum Wage?

Tom Beetham | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK Politics
Tom Beetham

The budget, ah the Budget. Being the huge and confusing, media-charged behemoth it has become, I lack the patience or wisdom to poke my nose into more...

David Cameron's Proposed Changes For Trade Unions Revealed

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK Comedy

In light of the recent Tube strike, David Cameron's government have announced their intention to make fundamental changes to the laws surrounding trad...

The Budget: Politically Influenced, Economically Challenged?

Emily Stacey | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK Politics
Emily Stacey

George Osborne's Budget last week was less about economics and more about politics. From the very start of his address to the House, the Chancellor ma...

14 Of The Most Devastating Twitter Rebuttals To David Cameron

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK Comedy

David Cameron, the Prime Minister of the UK, tweets a lot but he hardly ever replies to his humble servants. After some rigorous investigation, we...

The Fox Hunting Ban - My Thoughts and How You Can Help.

Claire Lynch | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK Politics
Claire Lynch

If you're pro fox hunting, this is not an attack at you; our opinions may differ, but you are fully entitled to have, and hold onto your own. This post isn't about getting you to change your mind; it's just a call to those who may agree with me on the matter, who may want to do something proactive about the potential lift on the current fox hunting ban.

Child Tax Credits? Already Being Cut

Ben Gwalchmai | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Politics
Ben Gwalchmai

The cuts have already come. That "slow pace of welfare cuts" announced in the budget? Not true. Especially for child tax credits. Child tax credi...

After That Budget, Labour Needs a Kick up the Arse

Catherine Wyatt | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Catherine Wyatt

A measure designed to "kick British businesses up their lazy arses". That was the humorous remark made by an unnamed Cabinet member to The Times this week, following George Osborne's announcement that by 2020 corporation tax will be cut to 18%... if businesses pay their workers a new living wage of £9.00 an hour.

Why Are We Ignoring the Student Living Costs Struggle?

Richard Batt | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Richard Batt

While most of the focus is understandably on the rise of cost of student loans, the financial struggles for university students is just as important. When a student is paying up to £9,000 a year to go to university, the pressure is on them to ensure they walk away with a qualification. When they cannot afford to pay for rent or food, it is likely that the stress will impact their studies - especially if their parents cannot assist them in any way.

Budget 2015 Does Not Deliver a Caring Britain

Natalie Bennett | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

Today George Osborne squandered a huge opportunity. He could have learned the lessons that led to the economic crisis, started to build a fair and sustainable economy and given Britain the tools it needs to help in the fight against climate change. Instead his backwards priorities led him to sacrifice the poor and the planet in the name of a "long-term economic plan" that is failing to secure our future.

Finally, A Step in the Right Direction for Housing

Matt Hutchinson | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Politics
Matt Hutchinson

There was a small but significant announcement for housing in George Osborne's summer budget. The tax-free amount people can earn by taking in a lodger is going up from £4,250 a year to £7,500.

'Kendall For Tory Leader'? Not Our Style, Says Corbyn Camp

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Politics

Negative campaigning in the Labour leadership race took a new twist today after a 'Liz Kendall for Tory Leader' stunt came under fire from all sides i...

What Has the Chancellor Got Against Sexual Health?

Yusef Azad | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Politics
Yusef Azad

On the election of the Conservative Government in 2015 the Chancellor announced plans for further cuts to public expenditure. Yes, there would be cuts of £200million to the Department of Health budget but he assured us these cuts were to 'non-NHS spending'.