UK Democracy

Did the Conservatives Really Win the General Election?

Adriano Mérola Marotta | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Politics
Adriano Mérola Marotta

Since the Conservative party "won" the UK general election on May 7th, people have taken to the streets across the UK in a defiant display of disenchantment with the electoral system and the austerity consensus of the major political parties. The prospect of 5 more years of crippling austerity has prompted many to reclaim the future of UK politics.

Justice Delayed and Denied

Noam Schimmel | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK
Noam Schimmel

The conclusions of the study will provide Germany with the information needed to reflect upon how and why such injustice was allowed and sustained for decades and to ensure better mechanisms for human rights accountability now and in the future in the German legal system. It will also enable a necessary public discussion of how this failure to prosecute and punish can be addressed at such a late date.

If I Were the Mayor of London

Nicholas Mazzei | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Politics
Nicholas Mazzei

I have over the last few years become angry at a minor elite in politics, pushing out the regular person, the little guy. So I have decided to throw my hat in and try and be selected as the Conservative candidate for London Mayor.

Why Are Politicians More Worried About Migration Than Education?

Mark Hillary | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Hillary

This is an enormous debate and affects countries far beyond the UK, but the recent UK election demonstrates clearly how the public are losing faith in a traditional approach to politics. Democracy can be difficult for most politicians to swallow, but if they don't listen to the people it's going to choke them all.

A Letter to David Cameron

Stephen Fear | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Politics
Stephen Fear

Dear Mr Cameron... I write firstly to congratulate you on your election victory which in my opinion was won on the back of the very excellent job that you and George Osborne did in repairing our shattered economy.

The Danger of Trying to Police Britishness

Bob Morgan | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

Theresa May and David Cameron say the Queen's Speech will contain proposals to limit the 'harmful activities' of extremists and to promote 'British values' and to stop activities that would undermine democracy. As simplistic political rhetoric it sounds a very obvious and desirable thing to do. Who can argue against that idea? But - it could be damaging to the very thing it is intended to protect.

A Week of Shame for the Left

David Browne | Posted 14.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

A week has passed since the day of the General Election, and while we are surely used to bad losers (and winners) after any democratic event in the country, the tone of the Far (and increasingly non-Far) Left in this case is in many ways terrifying, but ultimately shows the true colours of certain sections of the Left today: namely blind hatred; classist contempt; and fervent anti-democracy.

The UK - Redefining the word 'majority'

Becky Hopper | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Becky Hopper

The General Election 2015 - people are actually realising what an absolute farce of a 'democracy' we live in. 37% of people over the age of 18 who voted, voted Conservative. 34% of the entire population didn't vote at all. Is that really what we call a majority?

Election Response - What's Next for Digital Democracy?

Matt Chocqueel-Mangan | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Politics
Matt Chocqueel-Mangan

After an election there is often a period of reflection. I hope our politicians will see this as an opportunity to learn the lessons of the past 5 years, and the last 5 weeks, to build a better future for us all. As someone committed to improving our democracy, so will I.

Ten Defining Words of the 2015 General Election

Debbie Griffiths | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Politics
Debbie Griffiths

So, there we have it. A Conservative government with an absolute majority. Who'd have thought it? Very few, it seems. While there'll be much back slapping in Tory ranks, a big SNP knees up north of the border and genuine grins on Green faces, there'll be a lot of navel gazing in other parties...

A Vote For Common Sense

Stephen Fear | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Politics
Stephen Fear

Predicting outcomes is something we have been doing in my business at Fear Group for 34 years, we do it to locate hot-spots in global economic activity as a background to future group investment. With this in mind I asked our in-house researchers to come up with their prediction for Thursday's General Election and here is the result...

Why Ireland Should Vote for Marriage Equality

Aaron Vallely | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Politics
Aaron Vallely

The minds of the Irish people have become inflamed by fiery debate on the issue of Marriage Equality. In two weeks, our country takes to the polls to vote on Marriage Equality, and should it pass, could make not only Irish history, but world history, by being the first country to legally enact it by popular vote.

Why Young People Don't Vote

One Young World | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
One Young World

I implore young people in the UK to vote on Thursday 7 May and make their voice heard. I implore young people to use their vote to ensure that political parties use their manifestos to tackle issues that affect young people.

The General Election and the Missing Contingent

Richard Armstrong | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Politics
Richard Armstrong

The General Election is here, and by the end of the week we will all know who will be running the country for the next 5 years. Or will we? What is apparent as this election reaches its climax is that even the political experts are unsure what to expect come early Friday morning.

Never Mind the Ballots, I'm Voting for Raif Badawi!

Neil Durkin | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK
Neil Durkin

The boring campaign. The puerile campaign. The too-close-to-call-but-I'm-going-to-go-on-about-the-endless-permutations-of-possible-coalition-deals-any...

Facebook's Using Peer Pressure To Make You Vote

The Huffington Post UK | PA/Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Tech

Facebook users will be able to share the news that they have voted - without revealing who for - thanks to a new button that will appear on polling da...

Imagine If You Weren't Allowed to Vote at All... But Were Stuck With a Government Making Decisions You Didn't Like

Kat Pugh | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Politics
Kat Pugh

May 7th is polling day, but I wonder if, when Big Ben chimes 10pm, and the last minute voters scramble to cast their votes, and the process of countin...

The Surprising Thing I've Learnt About Politics

Serena Cowdy | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Politics
Serena Cowdy

The parties and their policies are certainly not all the same. And I do think you should vote if you can. Because, apart from anything else, voting is like making any other choice in life. Sometimes, you've just got to look at the information on offer, hope for the best and put your faith in someone.

The 2015 General Election Campaign - Doing It Doggy Style

Mr Pickwick | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Politics
Mr Pickwick

This is the first General Election campaign I have lived through where I am at a loss who to vote for.

For Once I Agree With Russell Brand, Young People Need to Vote Labour

Amelia-Rose Tighe | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Amelia-Rose Tighe

Vote for a party which holds at its core a commitment to making the lives of the next generation better than the last.

Why 'Milifandom' Proves the Voting Age Should Be Lowered to 16

Amelia-Rose Tighe | Posted 27.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Amelia-Rose Tighe

16- and 17-year-olds deserve to be able to vote, to be able to determine the direction of their public services and policies that affect them, and 'Milifandom' has once again displayed their maturity and high levels of engagement.

This Political and Media Childcare Consensus is Burying the Voice of Parents and Annihilating the Needs of Children from Debate - and It Is Entirely Undemocratic

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 27.06.2015 | UK Politics
Vanessa Olorenshaw

You have been following the news. You consider yourself politically alert...

The UK General Disconnection

Richard Neil | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Politics
Richard Neil

At the moment we're just calling sides on the same broken coin of empty promises, it makes no difference what side we choose as it can never really work in our favour. Real political change has and always will come from the people, by giving the public true representatives we can once again restore faith and reconnect with democracy.

Why I Won't Be Voting Tactically

Joe Goodman | Posted 21.06.2015 | 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 21.06.2015 | 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...