UK Debate

Why I Make Cocaine

Lorenzo Belenguer | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Lorenzo Belenguer

Week is in full swing by now and before artgoers gulp down Prosecco and canapes, an other substances, as if there was no tomorrow, it might be a good idea to stop and rethink that things need to change and an honest debate is long due. Innocent victims deserve it.

Experimenting With Democracy: The Big Democracy Project

Ben Gwalchmai | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Gwalchmai

Are we asking for radical change to the constitution of the UK? No - we're asking for a truer democracy, one where everyone gets and feels involved in the creation of their community. By returning the power to change things to those that need it most, this could well be seen as a great change so the question becomes 'Are we asking for radical change?' Yes - we're asking for a truer democracy.

Louise Ridley

Turns Out It's Fine To Call Farage And Clegg 'Mass Debators'

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK

A Paddy Power advert showing Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage with suggestive facial expressions and the words "WHO'S THE BEST MASS DEBATER?” has escaped...

I Have Never Cared for Breakfast TV

Carl Hutchinson | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Comedy
Carl Hutchinson

I have never cared for breakfast TV. It's usually due to the fact that I associate it with being woken up before I am ready to meet the day. As I work in the evenings I seldom need to get up in time for a typical 6am show, nor do I see the need to record it for when I do rise.

Are Politicians Dishonest?

Stephen Fear | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen Fear

With the UK general election only a year away, who is winning the political debate? I differ from many people, who say that all politicians are corrupt and are only in it for themselves. In my experience, most politicians are in fact honest and believe in what they're doing.

Learning Whilst Dining - The New Trend on the London Restaurant Scene

Lucy Self | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Self

Just when you thought that street food pop-ups, build-your-own-tasting-menus and fish cooked with nothing but lime and love was enough, that crazy culinary world has thrown another trend into the pot. The brainy dinner.

On Second Thoughts

Rosa Doherty | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rosa Doherty

Like you I have people very close to me who have been affected by breast cancer, some have lost people to it and they were very sad about the way CoppaFeel and Page3 presented the message. What is more disappointing about CoppaFeel's decision is that they should know better than to collude with what Page3 promotes.

Debate: To Frack or Not to Frack?

Frontier | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Politics
Frontier

The announcement that Cuadrilla will sink two wells in Lancashire has reignited the debate on fracking, is it the solution to our energy problem or an environmental disaster waiting to happen?

Let's Change Benefits Britain for the Better

Charlie Mullins | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

I dropped out of school at 15 with no qualifications, in much the same situation as the residents of James Turner Street on Channel 4's Benefits Street. But thanks to a plumbing apprenticeship, hard work and an old box of tools I bought at an auction, I now own London's biggest independent plumbing firm, which I built myself from the ground up.

Smoking With Fury, Smoking With Ignorance

Jane Sparrow | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Politics
Jane Sparrow

The 'debate' this week in Parliament regarding smoking in cars with child passengers had me hanging my head in disbelief. We are talking about an activity that puts more than 4,000 chemicals into the air, a number of which are known to cause cancer. Why are we debating it at all... and why are people in our government still opposing it?

Drop Everything You're Doing and Join Your University's Model UN Team

Wassim Cornet | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Wassim Cornet

For those who worry this festival of negotiations may be too politics-oriented, worry not: there has recently been a sharp increase in less conventional Model UN conferences, which deal with subjects ranging from organised crime in 1920s Chicago to Magellan's first voyage.

Big Benefits Row - A Story From Behind the Row

Mik Scarlet | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Mik Scarlet

Last night I took part in the Big Benefits Row on Channel 5, if only as an audience member.

Durham University Opposes Motion 'Feminists Are All Too Often Sexists In Disguise' In Debate

Freya Bromley | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Freya Bromley

On the 24th January, members of the Durham Union Society voted against the motion "This House Believes Feminists Are All Too Often Sexists In Disguise" after speeches from Mike Buchanan, Swayne O'Pie, Cindy Gallop and Julie Bindel.

Would You Send Your Kids to Private School?

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

The Cambridge Union Society's Press Officer, Oliver Jackson, as the product of a succession of British private schools, discourses on the arguments around the system that educated him.

The Bible for Non-Religious People. Part 2: Decisions Are Made by Those Who Show Up

Ben Whitnall | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK
Ben Whitnall

You don't consider yourself a Christian - or a religious person in any way, in fact. So why should you read the Bible - surely that's just for people who go to church every Sunday?

What Will It Take to End Poverty?

Intelligence Squared | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Politics
Intelligence Squared

Poverty has always been with humanity - even Jesus said that the poor would always be with us. Yet while nothing short of a miracle would have made poverty eradication possible 2,000 years ago - neither emperors nor kings had the knowledge or resources to do it - today, we have what it takes to tackle poverty.

An Education

Rohan Banerjee | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rohan Banerjee

Without question, the actions of these young men were insensitive, irresponsibile and idiotic; but there is a pervading irrelevance that supersedes this piece's credentials - one that prevents me from giving the authors the pat on the back they might think they deserve.

Can Charities Be Political Without Being Political?

Andy Winter | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Andy Winter

What should a charity be able to say without being accused of being "political"? I'm comfortable that charities should not be party political. On the other hand, when a charity speaks out about the impact of government policy, whatever the party in power, it opens itself up to attack.

Is it British to Ban the Face Veil?

Sajda Khan | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sajda Khan

Why has Britain become so obsessed with an item of clothing known as the niqab worn by a minority of women? In the last few weeks there has been an influx of media commentaries and heightened discourse on this issue.

Why I Refuse To Take Part In The 'Niqab Ban' Debate

Josh Zitser | Posted 16.11.2013 | UK Politics
Josh Zitser

Amazed by the amount of blog posts about the potential ban on my Twitter feed today, I felt obliged to give into peer pressure and also write an opinion piece on it. However, I soon came to realise that many of these articles offered unsubstantiated points of view, had a predisposed bias for one side of the argument and failed to recognise the complexities and sensitivities surrounding the issue.

Is a Proper Debate on Welfare Reform Possible?

Simon Stevens | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Politics
Simon Stevens

For many disabled people working in the field as consultants and activists including myself, the welfare reforms have dominated the agenda since 2010 pushing so many other issues, like grassroot sport and quality of wheelchair services, to the sidelines.

Professor Hawking, A Boycott Is a Black Hole Too

Tzahi Gavrieli | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK Politics
Tzahi Gavrieli

Professor Hawking, if you wanted to have an influence on the future of the Palestinians and on what you claim is Israel's problematic treatment of them, then it would be important for you to be here, in Jerusalem, Israel's capital, to say those things.

Stephen Hawking Is Right: Israel Must Be Boycotted

Ben White | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK Politics
Ben White

Stephen Hawking made a good decision - and he is not the first or the last. Palestinians have been using tactics like boycott for decades. With the BDS call, now more and more people around the world are hearing their appeal for action.

#HPFem: What Does Feminism Mean to Me Today?

Elizabeth Turner | Posted 07.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Elizabeth Turner

The feeling that I can't shake is that she has been alienated by feminism and the stigma that surrounds it. I am happy to admit to being a feminist, because I have my own personal interpretation of its meaning. Obviously feminism stands for the freedom to choose, and choosing to be one should be included in that.

Change My Mind: Is Sharing Dead?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle

We're meant to be part of the Big Society, sharing with each to get through the tough times... but... have we just become selfish individualists? I...