UK Elections

Sunshine and Idiocy on the Campaign Trail

Gerry Flynn | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK Politics
Gerry Flynn

There are nearly 63.5 million people who will be subjected to the wrath of our own collective idiocy, so maybe if you don't feel like you understand what you're doing on the 7th of May then perhaps you should just stay at home and drop trou and have yourself a good time - at least that way you'll only be fucking yourself.

What's Going on at the Co-operative Group?

Ed Mayo | Posted 21.04.2015 | 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...

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.

Does Peer Support Always Help Disabled People?

Simon Stevens | Posted 16.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

The aim of properly facilitated peer support is to support people to move pass the low points, as well as celebrating the high ones. But if peer support is only used to wallow in self-pity, especially where there is a political agenda attached to this feeling, than it is helping no one in the long term.

No, Your Vote Won't Make A Difference

Gregor Smith | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Gregor Smith

It's not your vote that really makes a difference. It's your actions in the five years between each vote that are important.

Dads on Parental Leave Is #GoodBusiness Says Digital Ad Campaign

Anita Nayyar | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Parents
Anita Nayyar

With exactly a month to go until the general election, The Equality Movement, a clandestine collective of advertisers making noise about issues that matter' are launching an ad campaign for gender equality called #BadBusiness.

The UK Election - Whatever Happened to Truth?

Dragana Brown | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK Politics
Dragana Brown

The UK election is now fully underway, the jockeys jockeying, the hurdles raised, the betting slips already hitting the mail mat. And the accusations,...

Politics: It's a Dirty Job, But Somebody's Got To Do It

Paul Marshall | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK Comedy
Paul Marshall

Pay attention the snide, the slimy, the hypocritical, the duplicitous, the smarmy, the two faced, the egotistical, the lying, the greedy, the cheating...

Massed Debaters

Nick Abbot | Posted 03.04.2015 | UK Comedy
Nick Abbot

At several points in the broadcast, all seven were shouting over each other while the chairwoman attempted to create order. It looked as easy as wrangling kittens.

Prioritise People, Not Partisanship

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Politics
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

As Nigeria decides who will lead the country for the next five years on Saturday 28th March, it is tempting to get caught up in the acidity of politics. Yet, when Nigerians head to the polls, it is vital that we - both voters and politicians - prioritise the health and wellbeing of our citizens in our decision-making.

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.

Israel Is In Deadlock As First Election Exit Polls Come In

AP | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK

Israeli parliamentary elections ended on Tuesday in a virtual deadlock, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party appearing to hold the upp...

The Millennial Generation Manifesto

Suli Breaks | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Suli Breaks

I want my voice to be heard, but not only my voice, but that of my peers. So often it is translated that the millennial generation does not engage with politics, but I personally think it is better described as politics doesn't engage with us.

EU and Britain: Together or Apart?

Nikolaos Dimou | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Politics
Nikolaos Dimou

In my view, the EU would be a better place, if the plethora of its policies were not defined as an outcome of the everlasting conflicts between a humanitarian but unrealistic France and a productive but austere Germany, but if they were rather set by a pragmatist Britain. This outcome might as well be the best choice possible for Europe's -and Britain's- future.

Universities Are Gearing Up For Student Elections - So What Should You Expect?

Keumars Afifi-Sabet | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Keumars Afifi-Sabet

Democracy, as made famous by the Scottish Referendum, is seen as a spell that sparks vast swathes of a population into taking meaningful political action. On university campuses, however, democracy is a little more virulent in nature.

Should the UK Introduce Online Voting in Elections?

Areeq Chowdhury | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Politics
Areeq Chowdhury

In a country where 38million of us are socialising online, 36million of us are shopping online, 26million of us are banking online, and 4.5million of us are dating online; it is perhaps unsurprising that 65% of the public are in support of being able to cast their vote online. But what would be the benefits of such a move?

The Unequal Distribution of Austerity

Mathew Lawrence | Posted 26.02.2015 | 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'.

Neglected by Politicians? Why the Way Young People Do Politics Is Changing

Leon Ward | Posted 22.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Leon Ward

The reality is that the political landscape has changed, and young people view the political process in a distinctly different way to older voters (although I suspect this disparity is beginning to shift).

Deal or No Deal - How to Clean Up Party Funding

Katie Ghose | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Politics
Katie Ghose

We can't carry on lurching from one scandal to another. We have to get out of this rut. In our new report, 'Deal or No Deal: How to put an end to party funding scandals', we set out three things we have to do to clean up party funding.

Did This Party Stand Outside Polling Stations To Intimidate Voters?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK

Voters were "clearly intimidated" by the behaviour of supporters of a party led by the borough mayor Lutfur Rahman, a Labour candidate has told a judg...

Has Labour Lost the Art of the Soundbite?

David Boot | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK Politics
David Boot

"A day like today is not a day for soundbites", so said Prime Minister Tony Blair before deploying one to herald the Good Friday Agreement. The reality is that soundbites and politics go hand in hand, and to win in May parties will have to master this linguist art in order to succeed.

What Celebrity Big Brother Tells Us About 2015

Richard Batt | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Richard Batt

This is going to continue throughout the whole of 2015 because after CBB we've got the General Election where the politicians will argue, the papers will print embarrassing stories and somehow this will result in a lot of airtime for Katie Hopkins.

Game of Thrones: Why the British Monarchy Must Go

Josh Marshall | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK
Josh Marshall

you might be thinking that in modern day, 2014, Britain, we've forgotten this feudal nonsense from the middle-ages! We've moved on Into a prosperous, egalitarian secularist society which rewards people based on merit!? Well we haven't!

Another Greek tragedy

Nikolaos Dimou | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK
Nikolaos Dimou

The international lenders of European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund (Troika) have plans for Greece. The last loan instalment to the country is in February. Greece is certain to require a new bail-out loan.

A Test That Europe Must Not Fail

Robin Lustig | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

It looks as if 2015 could turn out to be Europe's Year of the Insurgents... More than at any time since the end of the Cold War, Europe needs clear, determined leaders who can calm voters' anger and offer reassurance that better times are coming, especially for those who have been hardest hit by the age of austerity. Anger, fear and intolerance of minorities are a highly dangerous mix - we have seen before where they can lead when populist politicians fan the flames. The coming year will be a test that Europe must not fail.