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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 ...

The Rise of the Anti-Free Speech Right

Sam Harrison | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Harrison

When descriptive terms become derogatory, debate becomes impossible, and for as long this strand of the Right demonises opinions with which they do not agree rather than actively and intelligently engaging with them, it will prevent debate and it will stamp out free speech.

EU Referendum: 'Yes' Is the Correct Answer to the Wrong Question

Dr Richard Barbrook | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Richard Barbrook

On 5th June 1975, I cast my first ever vote in a referendum on whether or not Britain should remain within the European Common Market. Like David Came...

A 250Ft Statue Of Margaret Thatcher Could Be Erected At Kent University To Encourage 'Sensible Behaviour'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education

A group of Tory students at the University of Kent is hoping to erect a 250ft statue of Margaret Thatcher opposite a nightclub to encourage "sensible ...

Is the 'Heir to Blair' Well on the Road to the Same Fate?

Leon Spence | Posted 23.02.2016 | UK Politics
Leon Spence

I have a confession to make. I like David Cameron. I know I'm not supposed to, I'm a Labour member and councillor, I've never voted Tory and can't see myself doing. But nevertheless I like the man...

Students Have Been Sold a Lie Over Tuition Fees: It's Time to Reclaim Our Education

Bradley Allsop | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

Higher education reform under the Conservatives has been largely passed by sneaky secondary legislation that pre-empts debate, circumnavigating democratic deliberation to push through undemocratic and ill-thought out proposals. If these reforms are truly the best thing for universities and students alike, as we're consistently told they are, why has our government been so keen to sneak them in the back door, instead of singing them from the rooftops?

It's Not Just the Date That's Dodgy, the Whole EU Referendum Is a Red Herring

Youssef El-Gingihy | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Politics
Youssef El-Gingihy

So it's gonna be June 23rd. The twitterati have inevitably focused on the clash with that annual celebration of yuppiedom - Glasto! More importantly t...

EU Referendum: 1975 vs 2016

Emily Stacey | Posted 21.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Stacey

Boris Johnson, however, has decided to turn his back on Team Dave. If Cameron loses, a challenge to his leadership would be inevitable. For the Mayor of London, it seems that he has spotted a convenient gamble with Europe that could work to his political advantage.