UK Democracy

Why I Won't Be Voting Tactically

Joe Goodman | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Joe Goodman

I don't want to use my first vote in a general election to endorse a system of disconnected politicians. I don't want to vote for the same old centrist politics. For a truly democratic system we should vote for what we seriously believe in, rather than just voting for the lesser of two evils.

What's Going on at the Co-operative Group?

Ed Mayo | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Politics
Ed Mayo

Of the six thousand co-ops in the UK, the Co-operative Group is often the one to hit the headlines, and over the last eighteen months, despite a recent return to profit, often also for the wrong reasons...

Political Engagement Is Broken in a Disengaged Society - And Politicians Need to Drop the Polsplaining Before Turnout Plummets to a New Low

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Politics
Vanessa Olorenshaw

Election season. An exciting time for people like me, who sit up all night just to watch a loathed politician lose his seat, but rather like a carousel of irrelevant, alien, jargon-spouting, aloof, suits for too many. And don't the political parties rather rely on that.

Media Policy and the People: Mind the Gap

Justin Schlosberg | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK
Justin Schlosberg

Critics argue that with the rise of social media and click-driven news, we no longer live in a world where newspapers can dictate the public or policy agenda, or where owners can exercise the kind of editorial influence that can shape election outcomes.

A Superpower Blurs the Line Between Church and State

Patrick Roth | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Politics
Patrick Roth

Nigeria's Elections: Deciding the Fate of a Young Democracy

Chidi Odinkalu | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Politics
Chidi Odinkalu

Unquestionably the most closely-fought in Nigeria's turbulent history, Nigeria's presidential elections on 28th March offer both promise and peril for Africa's most populous country.

Cash Is King... Well, Baron at Least

Naomi Smith | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK Politics
Naomi Smith

We must elect the Lords. Not only is it embarrassingly undemocratic for the UK to retain an appointed legislature, but according to new research from Oxford University, it could also be corrupt.

One Day, We Should Stop Voting

Ben Greenhalgh | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Politics
Ben Greenhalgh

We're horrified by any derivation from our democratic process, but with the elderly vote becoming ever more influential to our political system, when will it be time that something is done to save the progressive voice of politics?

Preventing Cyberbullying

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Tech
Ioan Marc Jones

There should be no limit to what people say online, as long as those words remain in the realm of free speech. Free speech allows individuals to voice their opinion however they choose, limited only if that opinion causes direct harm to another individual.

How Voting for Policies can Increase Political Engagement

Matt Chocqueel-Mangan | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Politics
Matt Chocqueel-Mangan

I've gone from knowing next to nothing about politics to listening out for the latest policy announcements, so I can make sure the site is updated. Vote for Policies took me on this journey from political apathy to engagement, and I hope it will do the same for thousands of others.

Free Maldives' Mohamed Nasheed From 'Alice in Wonderland' Trial - And Award Him the Nobel Peace Prize

Benedict Rogers | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Politics
Benedict Rogers

Far from its popular image as a tranquil, tropical paradise, with sun-drenched beaches, crystal-clear blue waters and honeymoon couples, the Maldives today is a cross between Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe and Alice in Wonderland, with elements of North Korea, Burma and radical Islamism thrown in.

The Curse of Apathy: Why Don't We Believe in Ourselves?

Kay Smythe | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kay Smythe

Apathy is a strange curse. I recently conversed with a friend over the diminishing motivation of my generation. It's not that we're lazy, nor are we disinterested in the workings of our planet, but there is a heightened degree of the 'It will never happen' attitude.

Rotherham Abuse: We Should Give the People of Rotherham a Voice

Ed Cox | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Politics
Ed Cox

The tragedy of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham and the failure of its public authorities to intervene undoubtedly requires strong and swift action. But the introduction of five commissioners to run the affairs of the council until 2019 denies the citizens of Rotherham their voice in addressing the failures of local public leadership.

Hull's Student Union Asks Students To Vote In Referendum, Then Tells Them What To Vote For.

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Hull University's student union has adopted a rather unusual way of implementing democracy... holding a referendum and then telling its students what ...

The Unequal Distribution of Austerity

Mathew Lawrence | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK Politics
Mathew Lawrence

Only radical institutional intervention can reverse this cycle; tinkering around the edges won't suffice as a strategy to revive the vibrancy of our democracy. IPPR has consequently recommended introducing compulsory first time voting, alongside an option to vote for 'none of the above'.

Are Politicians Really All the Same?

Joel Durston | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK Politics
Joel Durston

It's arguable how much difference there is between the two/three main parties, the Conservatives, Labour and, to a lesser extent, the Lib Dems (I think there are fairly significant differences).

Why Greens Should Embrace Digital Technology, but not Abandon Politics

Dustin Benton | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Tech
Dustin Benton

Other general purpose technologies, like electricity, created similarly utopian visions. These are easy to criticise, but the change created by digital technology, both real and imagined, increasingly shapes our sense of the possible.

Britain's Fracking Fight Is a Test of Our Democracy

Andrew Wander | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Politics
Andrew Wander

The toxic politics of fracking in Britain beg important questions: are our leaders serving the interests of the people, or their wealthy friends in the fracking industry? Whatever the answer, one thing is clear: the government's wilful disregard of legitimate public concerns over fracking is a shameful attempt to impose a future on this country that three-quarters of us do not want. Fracking, it seems, can poison democracy as well as the environment.

In Pictures: Hong Kong Umbrella Movement Reconvenes as Thousands March for Democracy

Tom Grundy | Posted 03.04.2015 | UK
Tom Grundy

Fifty-two days after the main Umbrella Movement 'occupy' camp was cleared, Hong Kong protesters returned to the streets on Sunday for a pro-democracy rally. Organisers say 13,000 took part, whilst police estimated that 6,600 were present.

Electoral Reform: The Case for Proportional Representation

Toby Gould | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Toby Gould

What we need is a large-scale, independent assessment into whether or not the current system works as a truly representative democracy and then for prescriptions to be put forward and debated over how it can be fixed.

Game of Thrones: Why the British Monarchy Must Go

Josh Marshall | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK
Josh Marshall

you might be thinking that in modern day, 2014, Britain, we've forgotten this feudal nonsense from the middle-ages! We've moved on Into a prosperous, egalitarian secularist society which rewards people based on merit!? Well we haven't!

Another Greek tragedy

Nikolaos Dimou | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK
Nikolaos Dimou

The international lenders of European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund (Troika) have plans for Greece. The last loan instalment to the country is in February. Greece is certain to require a new bail-out loan.

Scottish MPs Voting on English Laws: Is Federalism the way forward?

Lewis Parker | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Politics
Lewis Parker

The creation of an English Parliament would face considerable issues and political hardship; given the size of England in relation to the rest of the Union. However taking into account the current path we are on, I believe that the creation of a federal Britain is the only viable route we can take. This will help to create a more democratic society, paving the way for another 300 years of political union.

Why You Should Vote in 2015

John Allen | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Politics
John Allen

I am tired of hearing people like Russell Brand criticise and whine (particularly as Brand is doing very well out of the current system he claims to hate) when they cannot even be bothered to do two simple things that can start to make a difference: think and vote.

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

Martin Wilding | Posted 16.02.2015 | 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.