UK Constitution

Delivering Devolution

Conor Gearty | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Politics
Conor Gearty

The debate in the UK regarding devolution, is in a bit of a mess. Three separate processes are rumbling on for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, each at a different speed. Calling the situation within England a "process" would be overly generous.

Why Europe Must Now Support Tunisia More Than Ever

Alyn Smith | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK Politics
Alyn Smith

We Europeans did nothing to help Tunisia achieve its revolution in January 2011. Yet, today, we can and must support the most successful of the Arab Spring countries - because we know that democracy can never be taken for granted.

We Need to Talk About Proportional Representation (Again)

Jackson Rawlings | Posted 07.12.2014 | UK Politics
Jackson Rawlings

If we are planning to renegotiate the entire basis of our politics in terms of who votes on what, it may be worth asking how are those votes accounted for and what do they actually mean?

Scotland: Leave Yes and No Behind For Now: The Fight for Devo Max Begins Here

Gregor Cubie | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Politics
Gregor Cubie

I woke up strangely invigorated on Friday morning (on my sofa after one hour's sleep) because, as a longtime advocate of Devo Max for Scotland - which I would describe as self-governance in every area except fiscal policy, British Constitutional Politics, international diplomacy, international development, and national security - my fight had finally arrived.

Who Needs a Constitution When UK Politics Is in Such Good Shape?

Graham Allen | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Politics
Graham Allen

Parliament's Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee, which I chair, has been doing just that by working over the past five years on a project with King's College London to develop several visions of what a democratic settlement for the United Kingdom could look like.

A Slice of Norway

Jorn Tomter | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK
Jorn Tomter

Today it is 200 years since Norway's constitution law was signed on the 17 May 1814. At the time it was considered to be one of the most liberal democratic constitutions and today it is the third oldest constitution law in the world...

Citizen Empowerment: New Technology Gives a Voice to the Voiceless

Loren Treisman | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Tech
Loren Treisman

While technology is not a panacea for social problems, it has the potential to connect citizens to information on the laws and people that govern them at a lower cost and larger scale than ever before and to make all voices count.

An EU Referendum Would Be Unconstitutional and Undemocratic

Sam Fowles | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Politics
Sam Fowles

By now tens of thousands of words have been written about the Nick Clegg vs Nigel Farage debates but I think you can sum them up in just three: They were rubbish. While no one was expecting either man to be an Obama (or even a Romney) we deserved a higher standard than what was essentially a playground spat.

Obamacare: A British Man's Letter To The American Citizen

Karl Davis | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Politics
Karl Davis

Dear American Citizen, I write from the other side of the Atlantic. Our homelands are separated by a vast, malevolent body of water. Thousands of miles stand between us, yet still we share so many things, music, theatre, fashion, culture, history, high street stores and banking ties, and much more. Our military train together, and politicians lean on each other. We really aren't that different.

Three Reasons Why Tunisian Democratic Transition Works

Peter Lesniak | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Lesniak

After relatively short post-revolutionary transition period, Tunisian democracy is slowly standing up on its own feet.

Tunisia and Egypt: A Tale of Two People

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Politics
Muhammad Abdul Bari

All hopes from the Arab Spring seem to have evaporated. The so-called Spring has turned into a desert storm. In Egypt politics fell flat and the country resorted to a path of self-destruction within a year of starting a democratic journey. However, in Tunisia the national leadership hung on and refused to succumb to self-destruction...

How the UN General Assembly Can Make Itself Relevant to the Key Challenges of the 21st Century

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Dirk Jan van den Berg

Unusually, the UN General Assembly (GA) has been in media headlines in recent days. In response to recent spying allegations, German and Brazilian di...

Royalty: Isn't it About Time For a Change at the Top?

Rob Atkinson | Posted 20.08.2013 | UK
Rob Atkinson

Shouldn't our venerable Queen have the chance to savour a bit of real life before her time is up?

Egypt's Chaotic Politics: What Lessons for Others?

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 28.02.2013 | UK Politics
Muhammad Abdul Bari

Failure of politics in a country can happen due to autocracy, oligarchy, a weak central government or fragile democracy. Whatever the reasons, the result is seriously damaging, leading to probable political, social and economic meltdown.

Unless the US Changes Their Gun Laws, There is More Than One Perpetrator in This Crime

Olivia Haddow | Posted 16.02.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Olivia Haddow

The gun laws made sense 200 years ago, of course they did. You needed a gun to protect your family and property. Nowadays this is simply not the case- the police force are more than happy to enforce justice on your behalf, and the Second Amendment seemingly leads to more harm than good.

Egypt: Beyond 'Islamists' Vs 'Secularists', What Way Forward?

Myriam Francois-Cerrah | Posted 04.02.2013 | UK Politics
Myriam Francois-Cerrah

This ‎oft-repeated dichotomy of 'islamists vs seculars', masks real diversity in the motivations of ‎opponents to both the presidential decree and the hastily drafted constitution.

There's No Divine Right, Charles

Christopher Wilson | Posted 18.12.2012 | UK Politics
Christopher Wilson

The chances of Prince William leapfrogging his father to the throne increased dramatically this week. As the Prince of Wales heads further and further into unconstitutional waters by demanding his letters to government ministers remain private, William started to look like a much more eligible candidate for kingship.

Now for UK Constitution Talks

PA | Posted 15.10.2012 | UK Politics

Prime minister David Cameron should set up talks on the United Kingdom's constitution before it is too late, Wales' first minister Carwyn Jones has sa...

First Resignation From Government Over Lords Reform

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 10.07.2012 | UK Politics

The row over House of Lords reform claimed its first government scalp early on Tuesday evening when Conor Burns resigned as a junior member of the coa...

Chris Wimpress

Tristram Hunt: 'Lords Reform's A Bit Like Vietnam' | Chris Wimpress | Posted 08.05.2012 | UK Politics

It's fair to say Tristram Hunt has had a slightly lower profile in the past six months than in the previous period of this Parliament. We got used to...

Chris Wimpress

'Minority Report' On Lords Reform Attacks Clegg's Plans As Half-Baked | Chris Wimpress | Posted 23.04.2012 | UK Politics

The long-awaited report from the Joint Committee looking at the government's draft plans for the house of Lords has been published, and while the grou...

We Can't Tiptoe Around Constitutional Issues

Emma Burnell | Posted 16.03.2012 | UK Politics
Emma Burnell

As long as we retain the absurd belief that these titles are inheritable by birth and not earned by virtue and talent (and frankly, our royals have rarely proved themselves to be either virtuous or talented) then we are going to continue to question the monarchy at times of heightened constitutional awareness.

Welsh MPs Braced For Boundary Review

PA | Posted 10.01.2012 | UK Politics

Welsh MPs are braced for proposals being announced tomorrow to slash their ranks by 25 per cent. The Boundary Commission for Wales will be spelling...

Take It Or Leave It: Cameron's Offer On Scottish Referendum

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 09.01.2012 | UK Politics

Any attempt by David Cameron to impose a time frame on Scotland's independence referendum will only increase support for the SNP, Alex Salmond's deput...

Morbid Fascination Or Planning For The Worst? Peter Bone's Quest For Truth

Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 21.12.2011 | UK Politics

Do Peter Bone's questions about who would run the country in the event of David Cameron's death represent a morbid fascination, as Nick Clegg has said...