UK Democracy

Never Having to Vote in Another Election Could Be Something Worth Voting For

Martin Wilding | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK Politics
Martin Wilding

The status quo is not sacrosanct. The rules by which we are governed are not set in stone. If you feel your representatives don't, in fact, represent you, you have the means to change the system that keeps them in business.

Protesters Spell Out Ominous Warning In Rubbish-Strewn Hong Kong Camp

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK

Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong wrote the words "We Will Be Back" in tarpaulins before police moved in to shut down their main camp on Thursday ...

On the Nature of Public Opinion

Aaron Vallely | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK
Aaron Vallely

History has given us a colossal record of deceit, manipulation of the many by a resourceful and shrewd few, and the sustained distortion of public perception so robustly at any one time, it is imperative we review the model of society we have inherited. Power derives its life-force from control.

Why I #DoDemocracy And Got Involved In Politics

Kenny Imafidon | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kenny Imafidon

I strongly believe that if we are serious about getting the younger generation engaged in politics, then Parliament Week needs to happen every week throughout the year. One week is not enough.

Interview with Imran Khan, Part Two - (From His Sit-In in Islamabad)

Nauman Khalid | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Politics
Nauman Khalid

You speak of Nawaz Sharif's failure to deliver, which is one of the reasons you think he should resign. So if you become PM., what would be the tangible measure of your failure after one year? And if you do fail according to your own standards, will you honorably resign after one year?

In Pictures: 'Creative' Hong Kong Democracy Occupiers Reconvene to 'Watch TV Billboard'

Tom Grundy | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK
Tom Grundy

A day after one of Hong Kong's three pro-democracy protest camps was cleared by police and bailiffs, hundreds of pro-democracy activists returned to Mong Kok's main shopping thoroughfare on Thursday evening. Instead of erecting tents, activists convened to collectively watch movie trailers and adverts on a cinema billboard.

In Pictures: Hong Kong Democracy Activists Protest at the British Consulate

Tom Grundy | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK
Tom Grundy

Dozens of protesters gathered at the British consulate in Hong Kong on Friday demanding that Britain does more to prevent China influencing elections in the city.

A World Where People Count

Manuel Barcia | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK
Manuel Barcia

Just after the results of the Brazilian presidential elections were made public a few days ago, giving current President Dilma Rouseff of the leftist Workers Party a small margin of victory over her opponent Aécio Neves, the British weekly magazine The Economist did what it always does, and came up with one of their worst ever statements.

Why I #DoDemocracy

Rhammel Afflick | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rhammel Afflick

Campaigning has become daily routine for me. I now know that no matter what my job is and where I am in the world it'll always be something I'm proud to be involved in and that motivates me.

Natalie Bennett Talks Revolution and Urges Us All to 'Do' Politics

Debbie Griffiths | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Politics
Debbie Griffiths

The Conservative stronghold of Stratford upon Avon seems an unlikely venue to talk about political revolution, but that didn't deter the Green Party leader from accepting an invitation from the local Greens to come and share her very different vision for Britain.

'Kim Jong-Un' Pays a Visit to Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement Camp

Tom Grundy | Posted 02.11.2014 | UK
Tom Grundy

The main Umbrella Movement 'Occupy' site in Hong Kong received an unusual visitor, on Friday, in the form of a Kim Jong-Un impersonator.

Extremist Terror Reaches Liberal Shores

Kokulan Mahendiran | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK
Kokulan Mahendiran

While it may be more comforting to consider these men but lone wolves acting upon their own deranged ideas, that no longer seems to be the case. In this age of social media and easily accessible information in which we live, it is no longer necessary for contact to be made for a message to be passed on.

After Scotland: English Devolution - why, what and how?

John Tizard | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Politics
John Tizard

September 18th 2014 has changed the politics and governance of the UK radically and irreversibly. But let's please be clear about what we are seeking to do and for what purpose; and then let's get to it!

They Despise You - And Sometimes They Don't Bother to Hide It

Steven Woolfe | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK Politics
Steven Woolfe

The political class in this country are not in it to serve you. They are not in it to give back to their country. They are not in it to improve life for the ordinary hardworking people of this country. No. They believe that they have a right to rule, and they think that anything they do to stay in power is alright.

The Trivialisation of Democracy: The View From Parliament Square?

Tom Fielder | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK Politics
Tom Fielder

Real democracy is messy, like the Houses of Parliament is rocky and uneven; an organic structure in the Gothic style... It should not be made clean, and it should not be made smooth. Winston Churchill, for one, was not afraid of the fight. And neither, one may hope, are #OccupyDemocracy.

For the World's Poorest Women Poverty Is Always a Sexual and Political Issue

Raquel E Sofer | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK
Raquel E Sofer

It was India's father, Gandhi who famously said that 'poverty is the worst form of violence'. What he didn't say, but what is worth pointing out on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, is that poverty is a form of violence dealt to some with more brutality than others.

#OccupyDemocracy in Parliament Square: Hands Off Our Tarpaulin!

Tom Fielder | Posted 20.12.2014 | UK Politics
Tom Fielder

At eighteen minutes past six on Sunday evening, as soon as the Sun had set, police closed in to break up a group of peaceful protesters sitting togeth...

Hong Kong's Mong Kok 'Occupy' Camp Shrinks After Police Clearout

Tom Grundy | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK
Tom Grundy

Hundreds of police officers, many in riot gear, swooped into Hong Kong's Mong Kok Occupy encampment in the early hours of this morning. Police and street cleaners removed barricades and tents, leaving pro-democracy protesters restricted a smaller area of Nathan Rd in Kowloon, occupying the southbound side only.

Umbrellas vs. Riot Shields as Hong Kong Protesters Expand Occupy Camp

Tom Grundy | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK
Tom Grundy

'Umbrella Movement' activists in Hong Kong clashed with riot police on Tuesday evening in an attempt to expand an area near the city's government headquarters currently being occupied by pro-democracy demonstrators.

Hong Kong's Protests Are Back In Spectacular Fashion...

AP/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK

Thousands of protesters poured back into one of Hong Kong's main roads on Friday for a pro-democracy rally, reviving the civil disobedience movement a...

How Hong Kong Protesters Put the 'Civil' into 'Civil Disobedience'

Tom Grundy | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK
Tom Grundy

In the run-up to Hong Kong's occupation protests, the initiators of the movement were called "radicals" and "extremists" and their actions dubbed "terrorism". Yet the young people peacefully demonstrating for universal suffrage across the city have won hearts and minds across the world in what amounts to a meticulous reading of peaceful dissent. By putting the "civil" in "civil disobedience", these young protesters have already won an important moral victory, no matter what happens next.

If Labour Is to Beat UKIP, It Must Enfranchise the 'Lost Generation'

Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Politics
Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed

Given the ongoing widespread apathy with the electoral system, we need more political representatives like Sonia who actually bring something to the table other than self-serving careerism. Failing that, Britain's political future looks increasingly loony.

Why Democracy Won't Win in Hong Kong, But Why You Should Watch the Show Anyway

Alessandro Fiorotto | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Politics
Alessandro Fiorotto

It is unlikely that these demonstrations seen today in Hong Kong will bring about significant change. Nevertheless, whether you are a democracy advocating global citizen, a government looking at how best to peacefully manage demonstrations, or just someone interested in international politics and what life in a future, more developed, China might look like, today's protests are a significant event worth watching closely.

Exploited Workers in Hong Kong Went on Strike This Week to Call for Pro-Democracy

Martin Gemzell | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK
Martin Gemzell

Seven years ago China promised 2017 elections by universal suffrage for Hong Kong. In a referendum this summer hundreds of thousands of voters demanded open nomination of candidates. Yet Beijing in August said only candidates approved by a selection committee would be allowed to stand.

Louise Ridley

The 17-year-old Credited With Kicking Off Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education

He's a skinny student who isn’t even old enough to vote, yet Joshua Wong is one of the most prominent figureheads in Hong Kong’s unprecedented pro...