UK Democracy

Can Democracy Defeat Political Apathy?

Robert Barrington | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Politics
Robert Barrington

Why did the Jeremy Paxman and Russell Brand Newsnight interview go viral last week? Whichever side you take, it is unarguable that Brand struck a chord regarding the public mistrust of Parliament and apathy about politics in general. Can the UK's political class turn this around?

'Activism', For Better or for Worse?

Salman Al Jalahma | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Salman Al Jalahma

'Activism' is a funny little thing. A word that by definition means an action to bring a social or political change. However, most define the word as helping the greater good by rebelling against an establishment of some sort. And everyone is aroused by a little rebellion.

A Better Way to Revolution

Robin Lustig | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

I suggested a few days ago that urging people not to vote might not be the most effective way to bring about fundamental political change... Here are my thoughts on some other ways of acting politically without necessarily having to faff about putting a mark on a ballot paper next to the name of someone for whom you may have nothing but contempt. My slogan for today (yes, I know it's not original) is: Think Big, Act Small.

Russell Brand's Revolution - Let's Think About It?

Jason Reed | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Jason Reed

One thing's for sure, Brand has managed to get the county talking, and that's a political bullseye in itself. It seems it takes a rather large hammer to crack the apathetic nut that is UK politics, and this proves Russell's point as to why there's a very real and ingrained reason that we're swaddled in political apathy. We are creaking under the laden weight of a benign democracy.

Democracy Doesn't Owe You a Party

Daniel M. Swain | Posted 29.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Daniel M. Swain

The recent outburst of nauseating platitudes from Russell Brand has produced a reasonably lively debate over whether he's a prophet or a prick; I tend to err on the side of the latter.

Russell Brand: New Revolutionary?

John Bunzl | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
John Bunzl

But the question Brand seemed unable to answer was HOW to put real power behind those views; how to convert them into powerful, practical political action?

Three Ideas to Help Russell Brand Become Prime Minister

Will Bancroft | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Will Bancroft

Russell Brand for PM some shout and if he's ever to seize the keys to Number 10, here are three ideas I think could help him solve some of his major grievances with the world today.

Is it British to Ban the Face Veil?

Sajda Khan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sajda Khan

Why has Britain become so obsessed with an item of clothing known as the niqab worn by a minority of women? In the last few weeks there has been an influx of media commentaries and heightened discourse on this issue.

Sorry Paxman, Here's Why I Don't Vote

Planet Ivy | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Planet Ivy

Does this indifference to the current political system mean I'm not interested in our country and its government? Of course not. If a party came along that expressed views that met my own or close to, then I would be first to the ballot. It isn't about apathy, it's about believing the current system is wrong.

Why 16-Year-Olds Should Get the Vote

Kamran Hussain | Posted 23.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Kamran Hussain

One of the many policies announced by Ed Miliband at the Labour Party Conference was that he would lower the voting age to 16. Giving 16 and 17-year-old's the vote will be including them in our democracy which we pride ourselves upon in Britain. A staggering 1.5 million people are denied the right to vote in the United Kingdom and it just isn't fair.

The Walking Dead and the Democratisation of the Apocalypse

Richard Berry | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Richard Berry

One of the seminal moments so far in The Walking Dead - which returned to Fox this week - came at the end of the show's second season.

UK Democracy: A Semantic Ambiguity on Bad Government

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Ehrlich

Gradually the British people are wising up to the reality that the democracy here is an illusion, one created by the political establishment to maintain the status quo, that being the rich get richer and the poor become poorer...except now, economic upturn or no, there are a lot more poor people.

The University of Warwick vs. the United States of America: a Democratic Showdown.

Samuel Walker | Posted 10.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Samuel Walker

Initially, there may seem to be few similarities between the University of Warwick and the USA, apart from: a. I've been to both, and b. they're both inexplicably fond of large financial corporations...

Moral Courage and Democratic Solidarity: The 70th Anniversary of the Rescue of Danish Jewry

Noam Schimmel | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK
Noam Schimmel

Seventy years ago in October something extraordinary took place in Europe. Standing in solidarity with their fellow Danes, the people of Denmark organized a large scale rescue of the Danish Jewish community, bringing the overwhelming majority to the safety of neutral Sweden and thus preventing their deportation by the Nazis to extermination camps...

Suppression in the Name of Alleviating 'Oppression'

Farida Ahmed | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Farida Ahmed

The right to autonomy, self-determination, freedom, liberty, call it what one may, is a core component of a democracy - democracy resembling a house of cards; take a fundamental piece out and the whole structure will eventually collapse in on itself...

Five Years On, Financial Crisis Has Transformed China's Reputation as a Global Power

Andrew Hammond | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK
Andrew Hammond

Five years on, the dust is still settling but it is clear that the consequences have been more than financial. In terms of perceptions, many international publics believe the economic balance of power has swung sharply toward China.

#LFW Dominated by the Niqab

Yasmin Khatun | Posted 16.11.2013 | UK Politics
Yasmin Khatun

We're not always going to understand everything straight away and we don't always need to, celebrate difference and appreciate the fact that it exists in Britain. To live in a tolerant society is not to stamp down but it's to be able to accept those exact things when they're not harming you.

Critiquing Electoral Democracy: The Case for Looking Beyond the Ballot Box

Harry Shotton | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Shotton

Relying solely on the ballot box will not fulfil the democratic ideal of a legitimate government by the people and for the people. Election results in both Egypt and the UK demonstrate the need for the political process to be anchored much more in a highly participatory civil society, with high levels of ongoing social engagement both before and after elections.

There Is No Impasse - There Is a Process

Professor Brian Cathcart | Posted 15.11.2013 | UK Politics
Professor Brian Cathcart

Editors, we hear, are filing one by one through the door of Downing Street, bending the prime minister's ear about royal charters and press regulators. You must do something, they warn him, or there will be an impasse, a stalemate. They are wrong. There is no impasse; there is a process. Lord Justice Leveson foresaw that some editors and proprietors would stubbornly resist change and he made provision for this.

You Can Take Charge of YOUR Europe

Othmar Karas | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK Politics
Othmar Karas

What many do not realize is the European Parliament has an impact on almost every aspect of life in the UK, whether it is trying to cut the costs of a mobile phone call while you're on holiday to protecting your employment rights when you're at work or trying to ensure the very air you breathe is clean.

If This Is 'Transparency', Let Us Worry

Megan Sherman | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Sherman

Fortuitously the start of my work placement with Unlock Democracy, a lobby for constitutional reform, coincided with the reassembling of Parliament post-recess, which heralded the passage of the trumpeted "Transparency Bill" in to legislation. It revealed to me - a huge politics geek - a lot about how public policy is made and influenced in the United Kingdom.

Britain Is Getting Cosy With Another Authoritarian Regime in North Africa

Hamza Hamouchene | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Politics
Hamza Hamouchene

Lord Risby, David Cameron's Special Trade Envoy to Algeria will be leading an important trade delegation to the country next week. UK foreign policy aims to lock North African natural gas into the European and British grid and is heavily influenced by arms and fossil fuel corporate interests.

Britain Has Failed the Citizens of Syria

James Snell | Posted 31.10.2013 | UK Politics
James Snell

As a country, we have shirked this challenge. We have ran and hid from that bully Assad, far away from his Sarin strikes, and his blatant disregard for both human life and the tenements of International Law. We should not be running scared, we have both the means and the morality to stop him in his evil re-conquest of a former fiefdom.

Charities Should Not Be Gagged - Government Should Withdraw Its Gagging Bill

John Tizard | Posted 26.10.2013 | UK Politics
John Tizard

It is clear to me that charities and other campaign organisations will be muzzled by the current draft of the Government's 'Transparency of Lobbying, non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill'.

Ambassador Mark Palmer: Freedom's Champion

Benedict Rogers | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK
Benedict Rogers

In case you read no further, I want to say one thing: watch this video. Diplomacy is only ever as good as its diplomats. There are times to take a ro...