UK Democracy

Democracy Reborn- Solving Disengagement

Bradley Allsop | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

The reason people are disillusioned with politics is because it no longer affords people the level of control they seek- our hunger for change has outgrown the systems flexibility for it. Our democracy has grown complacent and stale, and we must act to breathe life into it once more

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

Graham Allen | Posted 11.08.2014 | 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.

America's Identity Crisis

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK
Jon-Christopher Bua

As the global landscape rapidly changes Americans are re-examining their role in the world... America and its people may be battle weary of shouldering the cost and the burden of "keeping" or as some may say "disrupting" world peace - it is after all a weighty responsibility to be so engaged.

Intervention Was Not the Cause of Libya's Woes - Quite the Opposite

James Snell | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Libya is now in flames. This might seem to be a rather hyperbolic note on which to begin, but it is true. The country is spiralling out of control, and the city of Benghazi, the former rebel capital in the 2011 revolution against the dictatorship of Colonel Gaddafi, has reportedly been captured by Islamist militants and declared an 'Islamic emirate'.

Dreams and Fairytales of Democracy

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

Growing up, I had a very simplistic view of the word 'democracy'. In history lessons, I'd learned about the past and how nations had been ruled by kings, queens or dictators. I was proud to live in a country where decisions weren't taken for us by one person, but where we the people could choose our own future. What an amazing, childish dream!

The Political Cost of Economic Mismanagement

John Mills | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Politics
John Mills

The extent to which the UK and most of the rest of the Western world are currently mismanaging our economies clearly has a huge financial cost. In the longer term, however, the political cost will be even greater than the economic price - unless we see radical changes in policy. The failure of the West to deliver a reasonable economic performance - combined with the related problem of widespread inability to get difficult decisions taken - has led an increasingly large number of people across the world to consider whether more authoritarian of running modern diversified economies might work better than those based on liberal democracy.

Shamefully, the Western World Has Failed the People of Syria

James Snell | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Despite the existence of other international crises, the civil war in Syria and its effects remain. Three years on from the beginning of protests against the dictatorial rule of President Assad, the original struggle for greater rights in a tyrannical state has morphed into an armed revolution.

Stand Up Against Austerity

Marienna Pope-Weidemann | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Politics
Marienna Pope-Weidemann

Despite being one of the richest in the world, ours is a country where 1 in 6 children and 1 in 3 disabled people live in poverty... For George Osborne, austerity is the Only Answer... the rich are getting richer. But for most working families, life keeps getting harder.

Picking Your Enemies

Katie Welsford | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Politics
Katie Welsford

Since their removal from power this time last year, the Muslim Brotherhood has constantly been the focus of Egyptian headlines. But when, in early April, Downing Street ordered an inquiry into the group's 'philosophy, origins and activities', it entered the UK domestic political scene too...

The Political Apathy Myth: How Young People are Redefining Political Engagement

Danny Bartlett | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Politics
Danny Bartlett

Political apathy is a term usually associated with youth. Whether it's low voter turnout, disengagement from democratic processes or the lack of knowledge to make informed decisions, young people have been identified as the one demographic seemingly beyond saving.

Juncker! Juncker! Stick It Up Your Jumper!

Adrian Hilton | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Politics
Adrian Hilton

"I am more confident than ever that I will be the next European Commission President," tweeted former Prime Minister of Luxembourg Jean-Claude Juncker on 4 June. Quite how he knew with such certainty so far in advance of the EU's elected national leaders is something of a mystery. Until, that is, you consider the continuing dominance of the Franco-German axis in the European Union...

Indonesia Is at a Crossroads - Its Future as a Pluralistic Democracy Hangs in the Balance

Benedict Rogers | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK
Benedict Rogers

It is not for me, as a foreigner, to tell Indonesians how to vote on 9 July. The choice of President is one for the people of Indonesia to make. But, if I were an Indonesian, it's clear where my sympathies would lie...

It's Time for Prince Charles to Join Twenty-First Century

Prem Sikka | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK
Prem Sikka

The duchy has to comply with the UK employment and health and safety laws. It collects and pays VAT on its turnover. This compliance gives it the appearance of a public organisation, subject to the laws applicable to everyone else. At the same time, its ancient privileges enable it to function as a state within a state.

Politics Is for All, So Let's Make Sure Everyone's Vote Matters

Rick Henderson | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
Rick Henderson

We'd all like to believe that we live in a democratic society in which the needs and opinions of everyone are considered, regardless of gender, age or social status. But is this actually reflected in our political system?

The Threat of Russian Expansionism Is Not Over

James Snell | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact, Russia has been its own nation, but one which sought to exert the same influence on nearby countries as it did in its previous incarnation. President Putin, a former official in the sinister KGB, well schooled in the police state methodology, seeks to replicate this today...

Extremist Groups Are Using Social Media Strategically

Ruwayda Mustafah | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Tech
Ruwayda Mustafah

In using social media efficiently, ISIS attracts sympathisers globally and maximises its amplification. Unlike previous terrorist organisations who were only given a platform by mainstream media outlets and had to adhere to mainstream media's narrative and political frameworks -- ISIS now operate in an entirely unregulated social media platform that gives them sufficient room to manipulate potential sympathisers.

Kagame: Quiet Soldier, Small State, Despotic Ambition

Daniel Brett | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel Brett

Paul Kagame may be soft-spoken, but the Rwandan president looks determined to seek life-long rule, regardless of who is crushed under the weight of his ambition.

Heroes of the World Cup

Nick Clements | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

These democratic heroes are also reminding us of the interconnectedness of this struggle. It is a global issue, particularly when it comes to football. The pampered players ride in their bulletproof luxury coaches with police guards through the devastating poverty of the major cities of Brazil.

D-Day Anniversary: We Need to Make the Case for Good Wars

James Snell | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

As someone who has an instinctive aversion to over-praising members of the military (indeed, as someone who cannot help but shudder inwardly every time 'our brave boys' are invoked), I was more than a little surprised that the commemoration of the D-Day landings, which took place last week, brought a tear to my eye.

The Year of Edward Snowden

Annie Machon | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Politics
Annie Machon

On this anniversary, I want to salute the bravery of Edward Snowden. His conscious courage has given us all a fighting chance against a corporate-industrial-intelligence complex that is running amok across the world. I hope that we can all find within us an answering courage to do what is right and indeed take back our rights. His bravery and sacrifice must not be in vain.

The Pomp and Ceremony of the Queen's Speech Reflects and Reinforces Business-as-Usual Politics

Matt Hawkins | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Politics
Matt Hawkins

Whilst we still have the same old procession, all we'll get year on year is the same-old faces rehearsing the same-old processes with the same-old policies. I'm looking forward to a year when the most progressive thing about the #QueensSpeech isn't just that it is has its own hashtag.

Why Cameron Is Right to Resist a Juncker Presidency

Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia

Earthquakes are rarely predicted. But when they happen, we cannot help but take note of the devastation and try our utmost to repair it...

The Rise of Ukip: Is This the End of a Political Era?

Yasmin Ahmed | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Politics
Yasmin Ahmed

Many people do not vote because of a sense of hopelessness. Would my vote make a difference? Would it have an impact on government? Here's a real-life example for those cynics, skeptics and pessimists ... In Southcoates East, UKIP's victory was decided by only 9 votes. With the benefit of hindsight, would you have voted if that preordained the defeat of such party?

EU Election Results: A Symptom of a Less Peaceful Europe?

Barry Navarro | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Politics
Barry Navarro

Since the last European elections were held in 2009, five EU countries - Greece, Ireland, Spain, Portugal and Cyprus - have required bailouts, and unemployment across the continent has remained persistently high, particularly among young people.

Why Ukip? The Answer Is In History - Not Bigotry

Robin Koerner | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Koerner

Many people regard Magna Carta as the first Constitutional guarantee of the basic liberties of the English-speaking world. Fewer people know that M...