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11 Things That Happened In The Real World During #Reshuffle

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK

While Westminster obsessed over Michael Gove's demotion sideways move, and the Daily Mail swooned over the height of Esther McVey's blow-dry, real thi...

Fatherless Britain: What Is a Youth Without a Government?

Jack McSweeney | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Politics
Jack McSweeney

"Investing so much time in the rich who are coming to the end of their time, instead of investing time in us who have lives to live and haven't yet reached our primes... How can we grow in a world where the dads don't help and the government don't love us?"

Do the Skeleton Shuffle...

Caragh Little | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Caragh Little

The skeletons in my closet have been going through a bit of a reshuffle too. It's all the rage. With cries of rage and anguish from those who think that teachers do nothing anyway, schools have reached the summer break and there's time for clearing out the closets and tidying the loft.

Cameron's Cull: Pointless Window Dressing or a Cunning Distraction?

Will Black | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Politics
Will Black

David Cameron yesterday had the enviable task of culling ministers, apparently to make way for fresh faces. Right-wing media predictably concentrated on the outrage of loyal long-standing Tories being driven out, rather than examining the toxicity that drove Cameron to take dramatic action at this stage of a parliament.

Has Dave Missed The Boat In Promoting Female Tories?

PA | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Politics

Promoting women in the widely-expected government reshuffle will look like a "last minute worry" about votes, Labour has claimed. Speculation is mo...

Prove You're Depressed, Or We'll Strip Your Benefits

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Politics

Critics have expressed horror at Tory plans to make benefit claimants prove they suffer from anxiety or depression, or risk having their payments cut....

Educating Minds to End Mental Health Stigma?

Danny Bowman | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny Bowman

Many Young people have described the bullying they have been subjected to or the different treatment that have received from other pupils, and the seemingly lack of understanding from teachers. Some mental health sufferers described being treated with less expectation and put into lower classes because of their mental illness.

Things Can Only Get Better?

Stephen Evans | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen Evans

The General Election is just 10 months away. But the focus of its debate is a generational challenge to share the benefits of growth, in an environment of ongoing reductions in public spending. The good news is that the current squeeze in living standards is not inevitable and there are choices we make to reach a different outcome.

Why Road Trip 2015 Could Win the Election for the Tories

Danny Bowman | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Politics
Danny Bowman

The next election is upon us and the Tories have a new weapon in their arsenal - it's called road trip 2015. This involves young future Tory politicians going out on the streets campaigning on issues that matter to local communities.

Why Mental Health Care's Only Hope Is Norman Lamb MP

Danny Bowman | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Politics
Danny Bowman

The Westminster circle of power seems to have awoken to the realisation that our NHS mental health services cannot go on without adequate funding. After all the talk from MPs on equality in funding between physical and mental health, there is still no visible action.

Tories Disagree Over Their 'Women Problem'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron’s critics say he has a "women problem", but the Tory Party chairman has appeared to slap down a suggestion on how to improve the numbe...

Jeremy Hunt's Mental Health Failures

Danny Bowman | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK Politics
Danny Bowman

Mr Hunt, the man who has failed a generation of young people suffering from mental health problems and there is no question about it. Know many people have asked me how am I qualified to question a cabinet health minister on his decisions?

Let Glasgow Flourish

Wasim Mahmood | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK Politics
Wasim Mahmood

If you are undecided or find yourself wavering in your decision to vote Yes, pause, step back and take a clear-headed look at what more the Union could possibly offer. One glance at the political, social and economic landscape before you is evidence enough that it is time to take a different course.

Militant Ignorance: The BBC is Failing Us With It's Servitude To The Right Wing..

Karl Davis | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK
Karl Davis

The BBC needs to be fully autonomous, with a truly independent management and executive team that is free from the temper tantrums of governmental talking heads.

To Win in 2015, Tories, Labour and Lib Dems Need to Think Cities

Ben Harrison | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Harrison

The election itself will inevitably focus on issues that matter most to voters - from jobs and housing to wages and welfare. But it is less well recognised that the election in 2015 will be determined primarily in our urban areas, and that the fortunes of each of the major political parties depend upon how they perform in, and help support, UK cities.

A First Look At Panini's Sticker Album For The General Election

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Comedy

We can't wait to start swapping with our mates... (Created for HuffPost UK Comedy by David Beresford, David Schneider and Handface)...

Why I Loathe Gove's 'British Values'

Minesh Parekh | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Minesh Parekh

Education secretary Michael Gove recently declared that all 20,000 primary and secondary schools in the UK, stating that this government 'will put the promotion of British values at the heart of what every school has to deliver for children'. But this raises several questions, most importantly: what actually are "British" values?

Why Oxfam Is Right to Care About Poverty on Our Doorstep

Priya Shetty | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Politics
Priya Shetty

Somehow, there's a bizarre idea of the nobility of poverty in developing countries. It's as if there's a better quality of poor person in India or parts of Africa - people in rags, probably with limbs missing, who beg pleadingly for a few coins.

Merkel Ally Slams Tories For Teaming Up With German 'Demagogues'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 12.06.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron's relationship with Angela Merkel came under pressure on Thursday, after the Conservative Party found itself allied with critics of the ...

Patrick Mercer's Car Crash Career Ends In Actual Car Crash

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Politics

It was a fitting end to a car crash career in politics. Disgraced former Conservative MP Patrick Mercer was less than keen on having his reaction t...

Dedication, Not Delegation, Is What You Need Prime Minister

Grant Feller | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Politics
Grant Feller

David Cameron has got me singing an old TV theme tune all morning. It's from the wonderful Roy Castle's Record Breakers: 'If you wanna be the best, if you wanna beat the rest, dedication's what you need...'

'The Next Time I See A Disabled Person, I Am Just Ignoring Them'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK

Nigel Farage has said he plans to "ignore disabled people" from now on, after a tabloid linked him with a blonde woman he was seen arm-in-arm with in ...

The Irrational Fear of Foreigners

Nick Clements | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK
Nick Clements

We are an island race, this means we have always been proudly independent, and also completely reliant on integrating foreigners.

Ukip and the 'Eat Your Greens' Problem

Alastair Roderick | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Politics
Alastair Roderick

If for nothing else, congratulations to Nigel Farage for ending the embarrassment of Britain returning a British National Party MEP to represent us in Brussels. The whispering campaign against Ukip in some sections of the media that they are jovial chaps on the surface but fascists underneath has always been a bit lazy...

Record UK Business Growth Thanks To Sound Economic Policies

Adam Afriyie | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Politics
Adam Afriyie

Today, two of the major UK business organisations delivered more good news on the economy. The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) announced the best UK growth figures in May since 2003, and the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) upgraded its forecast to 3.1 per cent for 2014, the highest rate since the 2007 crisis...