What Social Media Tells Us About Young People's Attitudes To Politics

Josh Smith | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK
Josh Smith

Young people value politics - 73% of those surveyed felt that it was important to be engaged in traditional Westminster politics - but only 37% felt that modern political discussion reflected the issues they felt were important. This disillusionment was reflected in their voting turnout in elections (56%) and party membership (7%).

Nothing To Fear But Fear Itself

Peter Harrison-Evans | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Politics
Peter Harrison-Evans

2016 was a year of referendums. A year when politicians around the world put some of the biggest questions of our time to the people in a bid to settle them once and for all. But rather than heal divisions, many of last year's votes only further exposed our societies' rifts.

Question Your News Sources - It's Never Been More Important

Josh Smith | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Tech
Josh Smith

People need to understand the role their likes and shares play in generating the content they see, and remember that, at the root of all this, the platforms they use are private companies who depend on activity to survive.

Mocking Justice: Israel's Jailing of Palestinian Circus Trainer Mohammad Abu Sakha

Neil Durkin | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK
Neil Durkin

As with around 600 hundred other Palestinians, a six-month "administrative detention" order has been served on Abu Sakha by the Israeli military. With these scandalously unjust orders, no reason needs to be given and lawyers for those held have no real means of contesting the rulings which can be based on secret evidence. In Abu Sakha's case, the Israeli military have been quoted as saying the circus trainer poses a "danger ... to the security of the region". So that's supposed to be that.

The Terror You Know, the Terror You Don't - How Extremism Has Gone Digital Since 7/7

Alex Krasodomski-Jones | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK
Alex Krasodomski-Jones

The role the internet plays in radicalisation is poorly understood. It is generally held that offline factors are at the heart of what turns young men and women to turn to violent extremism. Nevertheless, ten years after 7/7, digitally-driven radicalisation is a reality that must be at the centre of any attempts to counter terrorist narratives...

Disabled People More Likely to Be Seen on the Streets Than on Our Screens

Clare Pelham | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clare Pelham

When was the last time you saw a disabled person on TV? Our research shows more than half of us are more likely to see a disabled person on the street rather than on our screens. And one in six of us have no recollection of disabled people in any media at all.

How The Government 'Is Leaving Immigrants Voiceless'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK

Around 700,000 migrants are being "left voiceless" due to the government's lack of leadership in teaching them English and cutting funding to language...

Non-White Voters May Hold The Key to The Next General Election

Adam Afriyie | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Politics
Adam Afriyie

I'm pleased that black and Asian voters want to back the Conservatives. I did when I was young and I don't regret it. When I joined I knew that the Conservative Party didn't care whether I was 1st, 3rd or 300th generation British.

What's the True Impact of Debt?

Jo Salter | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Politics
Jo Salter

Debt is only as bad as the harm that it causes, which is why the Demos report out today has created a 'Harm Index' measuring the impact of debt. It suggests ways that debt support should be tailored to the individual struggles individuals face, and also argues that lenders who cause the most harm face stronger penalties.

Here's Why You're Much More In Debt Than You Think

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Politics

Rent, council tax and utility bill arrears often have just as damaging an impact on people as payday loans, according to a new 'harm index' designed t...

The Death of Multiculturalism?

Iram Sarwar | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK
Iram Sarwar

Multiculturalism is dead in the UK. Or, that seems to be the message delivered by some of the highest figures in British politics...

Where Now for the EDL?

Jamie Bartlett | Posted 08.12.2013 | UK Politics
Jamie Bartlett

Tommy Robinson and the rarely seen but equally important Kevin Carroll are going to leave the English Defence League. It's not much of a surprise: but the resulting fall out might be. The reason, according to Tommy, is that he can't contain extreme right wing elements with the movement... Readers might be surprised to know that he is the face of the moderate wing of the EDL.


Adam Afriyie | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Politics
Adam Afriyie

Populism is on the rise, not just here in Britain but globally. It's no good dismissing it, ignoring it or attacking it. It's no good ridiculing, insulting or bullying populist voters. We need to understand how populist parties have changed over the decades and why modern populist parties are gaining ground.

Why Soft Power Is Hard for Governments

John Worne | Posted 18.08.2013 | UK Politics
John Worne

Sharing culture is hard when you can't entertain another point of view, tough when you have to stick to your line, and impossible when what you say can immediately be turned into a headline and used as a stick to beat you. This is the lot of modern governments.

Unemployment And 'Viagra Culture' Helping To Fuel 'Masculinity Crisis'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK

Britain is facing a crisis of masculinity, which celebrates heartlessness and normalises sexism and homophobia, amid growing unemployment and uncertai...

'Sleepwalking Into Segregation'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.05.2013 | UK

A "retreat" of white Britons from areas where minorities live is limiting cultural integration, according to research by think tank Demos. Analysis of...

Priority Patients?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Patients who can show they live healthy lifestyles by proving how much they exercise and what they buy in their weekly shop should be prioritised for ...

Why Did the Pollsters Miss Beppe Grillo?

Jamie Bartlett | Posted 27.04.2013 | UK Politics
Jamie Bartlett

Grillo causes a big problem for polling companies. While mainstream candidates tend to end up close to predictions, new, populist, and radical parties often confound them.

When I Debated Alex Jones

Jamie Bartlett | Posted 07.04.2013 | UK Politics
Jamie Bartlett

Don't assume conspiracy theorists are simply ill-informed. Alex Jones is hyper-informed; probably over-informed. He spends many hours a day sifting media and doing research. He, and other conspiracy theorists, often know more about the minutiae than any non-specialist.

Did the EDL Really Tweet That?

Jamie Bartlett | Posted 15.02.2013 | UK Politics
Jamie Bartlett

Online information is extremely useful, but scepticism is always required: especially with screen-grabs.

When It Comes to Tackling Poverty, One Size Fails All

Ally Paget | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK Politics
Ally Paget

We are making progress in our understanding of poverty, but insisting on a single solution risks everyone falling through the net.

Iain Duncan Smith: Saving the Welfare State From Misguided 'Kindness'

Max Wind-Cowie | Posted 15.12.2012 | UK Politics
Max Wind-Cowie

Anyone who genuinely, seriously wants to protect our welfare state should be full-square behind Iain Duncan Smith's latest ideas for reform.

Are Elderly People In Britain Lonelier Than Other Countries?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.05.2012 | UK

Elderly people in Britain are lonelier and poorer that those in similar European countries, international research suggests. They are also more con...

Put Melanie Phillips in Charge of Equality and Human Rights

Max Wind-Cowie | Posted 17.07.2012 | UK Politics
Max Wind-Cowie

Boris Johnson provoked both glee and outrage when he wrote, in his regular Telegraph column, that the next Director General of the BBC should be a Tory. "Imagine", opined Alastair Campbell "if we had said what Boris said". The difference, of course, is that a Labour politician would never say it. They just did it.

Who Will Stand Up to the Hetero-Phobes?

Max Wind-Cowie | Posted 14.07.2012 | UK Politics
Max Wind-Cowie

The gay-rights brigade have allowed their quest for gay marriage to tip over into active hetero-phobia. If they don't snap out of it, they'll even lose the support of gay people like me.