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Why Do Fewer Women Vote?

Adeline Ginn | Posted 24.04.2015 | 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 23.04.2015 | 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 21.04.2015 | 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 16.04.2015 | 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 16.04.2015 | 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.

Conservatives Are Just Sexing Up Miliband

Mark Flanagan | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Flanagan

Who would have thought it. It seems we had Ed Miliband all wrong. For years we were led to believe he was just that nerdy bloke with the strange voice who looks like the plasticine man from the Wrong Trousers. However it now appears the Labour Leader has clearly being wearing the right trousers in terms of attracting beautiful and successful women.

Would Labour Get Our Broadband Working?

Dave Page | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Tech
Dave Page

Britain needs better broadband. It needs universally adequate broadband, in every city, every town and down every country lane. Broadband is the fourth utility. It is not a luxury, it is a necessity. Just as we need water to come out when we turn on the tap, we need broadband to work when we go online.

Business Rates Reform Should Give Firms of All Sizes a Fair Chance to Grow

Simon Pitkeathley | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Pitkeathley

Regardless of who becomes Prime Minister in four weeks' time, the message to small business is clear - business rates will soon be reformed.

Politicians Be Aware - It's Blindingly Obvious That Animals Matter

Joe Duckworth | Posted 03.04.2015 | UK Politics
Joe Duckworth

At the League Against Cruel Sports, our key focus means that we know a lot about what goes on in the world of animal 'sport', much of it unsavoury, much of it hidden. Our own election manifesto therefore focuses on five issues that are key to reducing the suffering of animals, and we believe that many voters will share our concerns.

What Miliband Didn't Announce Last Friday...

Dan Falvey | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Politics
Dan Falvey

Miliband's announcement on Friday that he would cap profits which private firms make from hospital treatment at 5% and that Labour would end the requirement for all health contracts to be opened up to the NHS certainly sounds like a winning policy.

Politicians Need to Stop Treating Us Like Idiots

Rabah Kherbane | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rabah Kherbane

This is what we have degenerated British political debate into. A festival of unsubstantiated mudslinging and disrespectful campaigning. I would say it is like watching teenagers, but teenagers have evidently proven far more effective.

WE Hold YOU to Account: Why the Broadcasters Need to Send a Clear Message to David Cameron

David Mooney | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Politics
David Mooney

The situation surrounding Prime Minister David Cameron and the will-he-won't-he with the TV election debates is fairly amusing from the outside, but it provides a huge insight into how politicians actually view the press.

Don't Vote in the General Election - #YOLO

Valdemar Alsop | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Politics
Valdemar Alsop

I want you to vote whatever your vote might be. Enjoy it. It's yours.

The Best Policy?

Tony Schumacher | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK Politics
Tony Schumacher

I know it sounds daft (although not as daft as The Greens' housing policies) but before we jump up and down and crucify her (I may already be a bit late) let me make my argument.

Where Is British Food in the Election Debate?

Meurig Raymond | Posted 25.04.2015 | UK Politics
Meurig Raymond

The next few months will see the closest fought election in a generation. Already the economy, welfare, health and education have been occupying headline space as some of the most important issues which affect people and therefore their vote. But where is food in this debate? More importantly, where is safe, secure, traceable British food?

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).

What Do the Bishops Know About Politics? More Than You'd Think...

Angus Ritchie | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK
Angus Ritchie

The people working hardest for charity and justice at home tend to think those same values should shape our treatment of all the world's citizens. This Pastoral Letter invites us to recognise in each of our fellow humans the image of God. It is credible because the Church is not just saying these things. In England's poorest communities, it is living them out.

Is Labour's Paternity Leave Policy Progressive or a Poll Bribe?

Simon Ragoonanan | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK
Simon Ragoonanan

While this Labour policy may seem progressive, reflecting the reality that many fathers want to be at home with their newborn too, I feel what it's really reinforcing is that after four weeks a man's place is still at work while a woman's is at home with the baby.

The Definitive Guide On How To Register To Vote Online And Feel Awesome While Doing It

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 03.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Registering to vote is never going to be a thrilling endeavour. But tomorrow is *cue fanfare* National Voter Registration Day. Pretty much does wha...

Electoral Reform: The Case for Proportional Representation

Toby Gould | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Toby Gould

What we need is a large-scale, independent assessment into whether or not the current system works as a truly representative democracy and then for prescriptions to be put forward and debated over how it can be fixed.

Trident Debate: All Weapons Now Point to the Election

Serena Cowdy | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Politics
Serena Cowdy

This week, I sat in the public gallery of the House of Commons, to watch an Opposition Day debate on the UK's Trident nuclear weapons programme. Sometimes I like to sit in the gallery, instead of watching on TV at home, because it means you get to see lots more fascinating things.

Politicians Need to Show Leadership and Get on With the Job

Alex Malley | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK Politics
Alex Malley

As we enter 2015, the UK general election is now just a few months away. Meanwhile here in Australia the Government is facing another year of dealing with what some have described as a hostile Senate to deliver on its priorities and election promises.

The Sex Worker and the Dream

Theopi Skarlatos | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK
Theopi Skarlatos

Soula believes each girl in the sex industry has a dream. It's what they focus on when the four red walls close in on them forcing them to question who they really are and why they're there. Without a dream, the hours, she told me, pass like hell.

Badgers Take Centre Stage for the Next General Election

Dominic Dyer | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Politics
Dominic Dyer

Badgers have friends and those friends vote. No longer can politicians arrogantly cook up backroom deals with farming and landowning interests to destroy badgers, without paying a high political price.

What Just Happened in the Brazil Election?

Mark Hillary | Posted 27.12.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Hillary

I have never experienced an election so full of rancour and hatred. This election has descended into a traditional right v left fight, but with every dirty trick in the book used by the candidates and their supporters.