UK Democracy

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...

The Campaign for Online Voting Starts Here...

Areeq Chowdhury | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK Politics
Areeq Chowdhury

Whilst online voting will benefit everyone of all ages to vote, we recognise that there are various causes of low voter turnout, particularly amongst young people. As such, the organisation will also be researching and highlighting these causes and help ensure that the voice of young people is heard amongst the decision-makers in Westminster.

Too Many Cooks Enhance the Taste of Broth!

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK
Preetam Kaushik

Writing is often an intense expression. It's a deeply personal one, often tumultuous a journey with many sharp curves, and one-ways; most of the times...

The Power of the Pencil and the Whistle

Aaron Vallely | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Politics
Aaron Vallely

Why is it, that here in Ireland we allow our Government to take so much of our money and spend it in ways that not only fail to benefit us, but contribute to the economic inequality of Europe? What do we get for our taxes?

The 2015 Election Will Affect 16-year-olds as Much as 18-year-olds, So We Deserve the Right to Vote

Daniel Wittenberg | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Daniel Wittenberg

Politics is a rare aspect of British life that people under 18 are not allowed to be part of, which merely underlines how outdated the existing voting age has become. Young people are perfectly capable of making choices, so it's time for the Westminster classes to lower the drawbridge for a democratic election to everyone bound by its result.

Slow Clap for Institutional Homophobia in Northern Ireland

Conor Penn | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Conor Penn

We should not need to have this conversation. Homophobia is rife not only in our schools, workplaces, streets and homes, but now it is bolstered by those whom we have elected to act ostensibly in our best interests.

Could E-Voting Threaten Our Democracy?

David Emm | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Tech
David Emm

The Internet now reaches into nearly every aspect of our lives. Vast numbers of us routinely bank, shop and socialise online and the public services we all rely on are equally dependent on computers and the Internet. It's also true that the widespread use of social media has provided new ways for citizens to engage with the political process in the countries in which they live.

Non-Intervention in Syria Was a Grave Mistake

James Snell | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

When the House of Commons voted to reject military action to protect the citizens of Syria from tyranny - both political and religious - MPs plunged this country, and the world, into the terrifying situation that exists in the region today. Non-intervention has cost Britain and NATO respect on the international stage...

Kwibuka 20: Remember Rwanda by Celebrating Its Future

Tony Koutsoumbos | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK
Tony Koutsoumbos

One wonders why the world insists on re-visiting Rwanda's violent past when it has such a promising future. To be sure, we must never forget, which is why last night's touching service was so important. Today though, when I think of Rwanda, I think of Joyce, Bruce, and Victor, and celebrate the victory of a bright future over a dark past.

It Is Perverse to Encourage Young People Not to Vote

Bob Morgan | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

Russell Brand - who has a lot of influence and a very loud voice, has suggested young people should not vote - this is perverse. It is alright for him to take this view - his opinions will get attention. For him to suggest that other people should not bother to use their only instrument of influence is wrong.

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.

Missing Inaction: The Politicians of Tomorrow

George Baggaley | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Politics
George Baggaley

Imagine a country where only a certain demographic participates politically, and in return receives favorable policies from the leaders they elect. Meanwhile, the remaining population is left on the outside - some without care, others simply unaware - while they are repeatedly ostracised, burdened and demoralised by the decisions of those above.

Being Called a 'Fundamentalist Secularist' Is an Insult I Would Welcome

George Gillett | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
George Gillett

It is this debate that secularists, both religious and otherwise, are fighting for. The movement doesn't aim to destroy or dismantle religion, but to create a society where no one group is granted special privilege or power. A society which ensures that all beliefs are protected and welcomed equally. But this debate can only be had once you stop using "secularism" as a slur.

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.

'We Are Graciously Permitted To Elect Representatives, Then We Have No Control'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK

What does People Power mean in the age of the internet? Do we need party politics? Can children run schools? How can people relate more constructively...

The Algerian Presidential Elections: The Burlesque, the Tragicomic and the Farcical

Hamza Hamouchene | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Politics
Hamza Hamouchene

Algeria's next Presidential elections will be held on 17th April 2014 and for the last few months; this important electoral rendezvous showed all the hallmarks of a masquerade, consistent with almost all the elections in the history of the Algerian state since independence in 1962.