Myanmar: Punishing Dissent

James Coe | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Politics
James Coe

As the world's magnifying glass increasingly hones in on this once obscure country, it is likely that scrutiny of its human rights record will only intensify.

Politics is Broken, Not Jeremy Corbyn: If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It..

Karl Davis | Posted 14.09.2015 | UK Politics
Karl Davis

Not that long ago, I walked away from Labour for the second time. I was in despair at their brazen rejection of the ideals and values that spurned the...

If Labour Attacked the Tories Like They Attack Corbyn, They'd Be in Office Now: Instead, They're in Turmoil..

Karl Davis | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK Politics
Karl Davis

I always believed that Labour had lost it's fight because it had lost sight of it's purpose. I was wrong. The party machines remains acutely aware of that purposes, it just chooses to ignore it. The three mainstream candidates have united to show only too clearly that their fight is still within them, it is still bristling.

Cameron's Renegotiation Plans: The View From Warsaw

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK Politics
Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska

If Cameron, on the other hand, can focus on improving the EU for everyone, whether in Western or Central Europe, he may be able to get the support he needs from Warsaw, no matter which party forms the next government.

In Praise of Permanent Budget Deficits

Christopher Bacon | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Christopher Bacon

A permanent budget deficit would not be inflationary because the economy is not operating at full capacity. Even if it were operating at full capacity, a (smaller) deficit would still be required to maintain that state of affairs.

Labour's Complacency Cost Them the Student Vote

Gareth Evans | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Gareth Evans

Following Labour's resounding election defeat, much has been said about the party's need to regain key voter demographics if the outcome of 2020 is to...

Jeremy Corbyn Isn't Leading a Socialist Coup - He Genuinely Engages Labour's Young

Daniel Curtis | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Daniel Curtis

Those of us voting for Corbyn aren't naïve. Corbyn isn't the answer, because it's highly likely that Labour isn't the answer... To those who would condescend, patronise or ignore us: simply try to understand us, to work with us, and to offer us something to believe in. Offer us hope.

The New Government's Work to End Breast Cancer Must Start Here

Baroness Delyth Morgan | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Politics
Baroness Delyth Morgan

The first six months of this new Government's term will therefore be crucial in shaping the country's ability to support and treat breast cancer patients, and we look forward with much hope to the outcomes, the commitments and, eventually, the fruit of this work.

Labour's Epic Fail Viewed Through the Prism of Marketing's Hottest Medium

Theo Delaney | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Politics
Theo Delaney

So what went wrong? Was the strategy flawed? Most commentators now say that targeting a narrow section of voters meant alienating the bulk of the electorate; that Labour were making a Ken Loach film when they should have been making Fast and Furious 8.

The Cyber Manifesto

Raj Samani | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Tech
Raj Samani

Although not a major topic in the campaign spotlight, we did see all of the major parties provide measures to attempt to address the growth in cybercrime in their respective manifestos.

Take a Breath, Britain

Andy Gibson | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Politics
Andy Gibson

I have been avoiding the commentary in the aftermath of last week's UK elections. The crowing triumphalism on one side, and the unfocussed rage on the other, have been too much for my hangover to bear. Take a breath, Britain, and let's think about this properly.

The Future of the Left - A New Narrative

Christopher Bacon | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Politics
Christopher Bacon

The defining feature of the Tory campaign was its insistence that voting for the Labour party would be economically reckless, that the Labour party would overspend and doom the country. It seems that, at the last minute, part of the electorate found those arguments compelling, choosing to elect a Tory majority.

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.

A Heartfelt Plea to People With a Conscience

Ben Stockman | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Politics
Ben Stockman

Thus far, I have remained uncharacteristically quiet about the election. For those that don't know me, in 2010 I created a Rage-Against-the-Machine for #1 style online group designed to support the Liberal Democrats - the party who have always been closest to my own political ideologies and who were the 'underdog' at the time. If we can get Rage to #1, went my thinking, then why not try and use the same methodologies for the election? Could a huge populist movement help to shape an election?

Local Strengths May Surprise Pundits In UK Election

Nicola Horlick | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Politics
Nicola Horlick

There is no better way of trying to gauge what is happening in an election than knocking on some doors and speaking to voters. I spent the bank holiday weekend doing just that...

The Behaviour of Political Leaders Reflects the Social Norms of Their Culture

Nick Clements | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Clements

Our mostly male political contestants are presently locked in a struggle to dominate. In the fight between these figurehead men, full of bluster and bravado, the aim is to become all-powerful. Mention of coalition is dismissed as a sign of weakness.

Election Night TV: Back To The Future On May 7th

Gary Rodger | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Politics
Gary Rodger

As one popularity contest ends, another begins; at 10pm on Thursday, the broadcasters will mount their 2015 general election night programmes. Yet despite the promise of all-new gadgetry, interaction and virtual reality graphics, the most significant aspect of polling night television is how little it has fundamentally altered since the inaugural BBCtv results service in 1950.

Political Parties' Failings Seen in Use of Old and New Media in Election Battle

Vic Davies | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK Politics
Vic Davies

David Cameron, Ed Miliband and all the other party leaders will be jostling for voters' final decisions over the coming week in the lead-up to 7 May but on social media, one of their key communications tools, I feel they've got it all wrong.

General Election Manifestos: What Does the Future Hold for UK Broadband?

Ewan Taylor-Gibson | Posted 28.06.2015 | UK Tech
Ewan Taylor-Gibson

Some people in the furthest reaches of the UK are being left behind in the race for a digital Britain. They are missing out on the advantages that a reliable internet connection brings, such as ability to compare prices on household bills and find cheaper products, combat isolation and access vital services online.

Votes for Animals - Okay?

Joe Duckworth | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK
Joe Duckworth

There's something exciting about seeing people getting passionate about politics, and enthused about animals. On Thursday, I witnessed both those things in equal measure, and it was great!

Why Do Fewer Women Vote?

Adeline Ginn | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Politics
Adeline Ginn

More than nine million women failed to vote in the last general election, compared to eight million men, research carried out by the House of Commons Library has shown. But why is this? We have found that the reasons behind the gender gap in voting closely relates to the reasons behind the gender gap in business.

Carry On Campaigning: Sexing Up the Election

Marc Paterson | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Comedy
Marc Paterson

Photo credit: Smabs Sputzer / Source / CC BY Sid James is prowling the streets in a pin-stripe suit and a red rosette, being followed by groups of ...

Why It's Time for Electoral Reform

Ben Moore | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK Politics
Ben Moore

In 2010 I properly voted in a General election for the first time. I had put my card in the ballot boxes before, but always spoiled it by writing 'who' or 'none of these people' or something on it.

Extending Right to Buy Is a Monumentally Stupid Idea, and Thinking That Doesn't Make you a Miserable Marxist

Matt Lacey | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Politics
Matt Lacey

This policy might buy the Conservatives some votes, but at a heavy cost to the country as a whole. If thinking this makes me a dour communist, paint me red and call me Karl.

Joey Essex, David Cameron and the Biggest Threat to UK Business

Gavin Devine | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Politics
Gavin Devine

With only three weeks to go it is now almost impossible to avoid discussion of the UK General Election. Politicians, pundits and psephologists are everywhere, vying for our attention as they read the runes endlessly and often tediously. The smorgasbord of views, comments and opinions is overwhelming. But from this miasma some inescapable truths are emerging.