UK Elections

We're More Than Our Appearance: Why Female Student Election Candidates Need to Be Taken More Seriously

Jasmine Andersson | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jasmine Andersson

Every candidate in a leadership race should have the right to a fair and democratic process in which the only criticism received is aimed at their policies. Some of us may have secured the jobs of our dreams, but it does not excuse the behaviour we had to endure to get there...

Algeria's Election: A Date With Destiny

Neil Durkin | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

You might say 17 April is a date with destiny for Algeria. Under pressure to secure the Maghreb and important oil and gas fields, surely Algeria in 2014 won't be tempted to swerve toward Egypt's current draconian behaviour. Will it?

These Pictures Of Afghans Queuing To Vote Proved The Pessimists Wrong

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK

The run-up to the Afghan elections was marred by violence, the killing of two Western journalists, threats against voters and fears of low turnout. ...

A Ray of God, a Ray of Hope for Afghanistan

Farzana Balooch | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK
Farzana Balooch

In spite of the uncertainty we currently face, the endurance of my people throughout conflict, and in particular the resilience of women, gives me hope for Afghanistan's future. I pray that they have learned from this last decade and can use that learning to build a better future for us all.

The Algerian Presidential Elections: The Burlesque, the Tragicomic and the Farcical

Hamza Hamouchene | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Politics
Hamza Hamouchene

Algeria's next Presidential elections will be held on 17th April 2014 and for the last few months; this important electoral rendezvous showed all the hallmarks of a masquerade, consistent with almost all the elections in the history of the Algerian state since independence in 1962.

Housing Is the Path to Renewed Students' Union Relevance

Bart Williams | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Bart Williams

Students' Unions need to devise long term plans, which elected individuals can champion, but are essentially run and managed by the longer term 'backroom machine' of the SU. Only then will we start seeing real, organised change in Students' Unions.

Our Councils Are Dying - Here's How We Save Them.

Nicholas Rogers | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Politics
Nicholas Rogers

People are always interested in what goes on around them, but they don't always think the best way to influence that is to vote in local elections or write to their councillor. Many think such things a waste of time. Councillors need to be bold and imaginative if we want local government to flourish. We also have to act fast.

Russell Brand Was Wrong, According To Britain's Young People

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK

Russell Brand's call to abstain from voting seems to have been given the thumbs down by Britain's young people. The comedian said in October that h...

I'm Running for President of Twitter

James Thomas | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Comedy
James Thomas

You heard me. This is neither joke nor jape, neither jest nor jibe. This is real, dammit, as real as the fingers on my hands, as real as the piece of corn wedged between two of my back teeth since teatime. I'm running for President of Twitter harder than you've ever seen anyone run for anything in your entire life.

Voter ID in Britain? A Note of Caution from Academic Research

Toby James | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Politics
Toby James

In short, there are concerns about voter fraud but no evidence that it is widespread. Concerns more often arise from accusations of fraud made by politicians in the media, rather than concrete cases. We can expect that voter ID could reduce turnout unevenly, and party positions on the policy issue will be electorally motivated. We frankly need more research.

Our London: The Capital Beyond 2015

Sadiq Khan | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Politics
Sadiq Khan

London is a city facing big challenges. Population growth is putting huge strain on our housing, transport and infrastructure. The increasingly globalised economy means that our businesses are no longer compete just with those in Birmingham or Manchester, but with firms in Shanghai, New York and Berlin. And most worryingly, rather that sharing in our city's successes, rising numbers of Londoners are being left behind, as inequality widens and poverty grows.

The Walking Dead and the Democratisation of the Apocalypse

Richard Berry | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Richard Berry

One of the seminal moments so far in The Walking Dead - which returned to Fox this week - came at the end of the show's second season.

Public Disenfranchisement With Politics: A Myth or Reality?

Dan Holliday | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Holliday

It has been said that the British political system is bankrupt. One scandal after another has seen people lose faith in Britain's institutions and in the political process as a whole. A new paradigm way of thinking is needed. Is this mere unhelpful rhetoric, or genuinely the deal?

A Very Convenient Election: Germany and the Eurozone

Simon Evenett | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK Politics
Simon Evenett

"People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war, or before an election," said Otto von Bismarck. Replacing the word "lie" with "stall" and this captures perfectly the effect the forthcoming federal election in Germany has had on policymaking towards the beleaguered southern states of the Eurozone.

Lib Dems Brace for a Glasgow Kiss at Party Conference

The Conversation UK | Posted 16.11.2013 | UK Politics
The Conversation UK

While the leader will almost certainly survive into the next parliament it seems likely that his party will suffer significant losses unless the conference in Glasgow can begin develop a distinctive and consistent platform of policies on which to fight the next election.

'Suspicious' Coconut Detained By Maldives Police Ahead Of Elections

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK

Police in the Maldives seized a coconut amid suspicions it had been cursed with black magic and placed near a polling booth to disrupt upcoming electi...

New Lobbying Bill Will Affect Charities' Ability To Campaign On Political Issues

The Guardian | Posted 26.10.2013 | UK Politics

The Electoral Commission, Britain's elections watchdog, has concluded that government plans to curb political campaigning by charities before a genera...

Kevin Rudd, Australian Prime Minister, Could Lose His Own Seat At Election

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.08.2013 | UK Politics

Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd faces the embarrassing prospect of losing his own parliamentary seat in the upcoming general election. A poll ...

Labour's Vision

Tom Scholes-Fogg | Posted 18.10.2013 | UK Politics
Tom Scholes-Fogg

There are 20 weeks to go until the electorate go to the polls and decide who they want to form the next government. Will it be a Conservative or Labour majority government with either Ed Miliband or David Cameron as prime minister or will it once again be a coalition with Lib Dems as the king makers?

Electoral Registration Changes Hit a Set-Back: A New Way Forward

Toby James | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK Politics
Toby James

There was bad news for British democracy on Wednesday. The new system of electoral registration being introduced in Britain next year hit a set-back.

Can NI21 Change The Face of Northern Irish Politics?

Jason A Murdock | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK Politics
Jason A Murdock

For a majority, the so-called political 'silent majority' can be a pretty lonely place sometimes. For anyone with any knowledge of Northern Irish life, it goes without saying that this time of year can be a dire state of affairs...

Egypt and the Ballot Box

Peter Thompson | Posted 01.09.2013 | UK Politics
Peter Thompson

The struggle either side of the elections is the most important part of the democratic process. Elections are merely very rough snapshots of an ongoing process and the fact that we fetishize these elections indicates only the extent to which we have become a largely depoliticized and de-ideologized society.

Rebuilding Democracy in Brazil - Five Direct Actions

Angelica Mari | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK Politics
Angelica Mari

Brazil's president Dilma Rousseff has finally announced her response to the current troubles in the country. She wants to hold a referendum on political reform and create a pact comprising five pledge areas: political reform, fiscal responsibility and extra spending on health, transport and education.

Iran's Election: A Choice Between Satan and the Devil?

Struan Stevenson MEP | Posted 27.07.2013 | UK Politics
Struan Stevenson MEP

If there was ever any doubt that the Iranian regime of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei was on its last legs, his government has now presented the ne...

Elephants Never Forget

Disha Mitra | Posted 17.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Disha Mitra

Modi's divisive politics will not only be bad for India's economy and volatile foreign affairs situation with Pakistan, but it will also tarnish the key values of secularism and liberty on which India has been founded. If it really is true that elephants never forget, here's hoping that India will vote more like an elephant when it comes to polling day!