UK Democracy

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...

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 11.06.2015 | 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 07.06.2015 | 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 26.05.2015 | UK Politics
Patrick Roth

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

Chidi Odinkalu | Posted 25.05.2015 | 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 22.05.2015 | 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 19.05.2015 | 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 17.05.2015 | 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 10.05.2015 | 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 09.05.2015 | 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 04.05.2015 | 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 29.04.2015 | 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 28.04.2015 | 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.