UK Elections

Scottish Referendum Could Have Been Rigged.. Say The Russians

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Politics

The Scottish independence referendum vote violated international rules, according to Russian observers who say the rooms used to count the votes were ...

#IndyRef Has Attracted The Most Voters In Scotland's History

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Politics

Scotland's independence referendum has seen one of the biggest voter turnouts in its history, as 86% of voters came out to vote on the nation's fate. ...

Labour Is Not Going to Deliver on Disability

Simon Stevens | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Politics
Simon Stevens

It is absolutely obvious that most disabled activists are unhappy with this coalition government, and many dislike and even hate Iain Duncan Smith (IDS) with a passion. This government, particularly in terms of welfare reforms, has made many major and undisputable mistakes however you wish to look at it or what you think on the policies. However, the important question is will Labour do any better?

China Rising

Gavin Devine | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Politics
Gavin Devine

Given the controversy roiling Hong Kong this week about the arrangements proposed for choosing the next Chief Executive of the territory, the news tha...

Why Nick Clegg Is in Trouble in His Own Back Yard

Seth Alexander Thevoz | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Politics
Seth Alexander Thevoz

Nick Clegg's personal poll ratings are dire officially the worst since polling began, and worse even than Michael Foot, Iain Duncan Smith or Gordon Brown.

Forget Ukip - Chase the Youth Vote

Bradley Allsop | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

The main parties shouldn't be tripping over themselves to out-do UKIP, allowing the far-right to set the debate, and dance to Farage's tune. Instead politicians should be focusing on one of the most neglected demographics, giving what will soon be the people running society a sense of hope and inclusion - regardless of their country of origin. Politicians instead, should be chasing young voters.

Why the Tories Have to Go in 2015

Bradley Allsop | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

The Tory government have the audacity to parade their poisonous set of policies as a panacea, when really it is just towing the line of a proven disastrous dogma - neo-liberalism... If the Tories win the next election - there will be another recession, and inequality will get worse.

Indonesia Is at a Crossroads - Its Future as a Pluralistic Democracy Hangs in the Balance

Benedict Rogers | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK
Benedict Rogers

It is not for me, as a foreigner, to tell Indonesians how to vote on 9 July. The choice of President is one for the people of Indonesia to make. But, if I were an Indonesian, it's clear where my sympathies would lie...

Let's Get Heretical on Education: Competition Has Failed

Natalie Bennett | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

Let's start with one heretical thought: competition is disastrous in our education system and should be abandoned as a guiding principle. Instead what we need is cooperation - an informal co-operative of pupils, teachers, parents, communities working together to help achieve the best possible outcome for each pupil.

The Rise of Ukip: Is This the End of a Political Era?

Yasmin Ahmed | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Politics
Yasmin Ahmed

Many people do not vote because of a sense of hopelessness. Would my vote make a difference? Would it have an impact on government? Here's a real-life example for those cynics, skeptics and pessimists ... In Southcoates East, UKIP's victory was decided by only 9 votes. With the benefit of hindsight, would you have voted if that preordained the defeat of such party?

None of the Above

Tony Baldry | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Politics
Tony Baldry

Yes it is a matter of psephological note that UKIP are the first party since 1910 other than the major parties to have topped a national poll. However, I think we need to get a number of factors into perspective. One in 10 of electors voted UKIP. Of those who did vote UKIP, I suspect that a large proportion were in reality voting for: "None of the above".

The Campaign for Online Voting Starts Here...

Areeq Chowdhury | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK Politics
Areeq Chowdhury

Whilst online voting will benefit everyone of all ages to vote, we recognise that there are various causes of low voter turnout, particularly amongst young people. As such, the organisation will also be researching and highlighting these causes and help ensure that the voice of young people is heard amongst the decision-makers in Westminster.

Who's Afraid of the Green Party?

Zion Lights | Posted 24.07.2014 | UK Politics
Zion Lights

It began months ahead of the election, with a steady stream of articles that appeared to rely heavily on quoting Nigel Farage and seemed to be in favour of supporting Ukip. This isn't that surprising, as the media thrives on sensationalism - it means easy news reporting and guaranteed readership. #Ukip was trending on Twitter every day, and the Party appeared to be going from strength to strength, or so many journalists were arguing.

The New President of Ukraine!

Inna Shevchenko | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Politics
Inna Shevchenko

The Holy date of 25 May, the day of presidential elections in Ukraine, the country's territory is becoming smaller and smaller. Indeed, the elections will not take place in Crimea, rightful territory of Ukraine which was proclaimed by Putin and his gangs of separatists as part of Russian territory. Even after a failed referendum, it seems like the eastern part of Ukraine is not going to participate in the vote as well, as half of the polling stations are already occupied by separatists in the Donbass region. The country is in the middle of a war with an exterior enemy but Ukrainians say that the elections have to happen anyways!

Councillor 'Told Voter With Learning Difficulties 'You Shouldn't Be Voting''

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.05.2014 | UK

An investigation has been launched after a councillor allegedly complained that a voter with learning difficulties "shouldn't be voting". Officials...

It's Time to Take Voting Online

Jade Lane | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Tech
Jade Lane

I can't help but think that local councils are missing a trick here. In our technology-driven world where we manage much of our lives online, from personal finances to doing our shopping, surely it would make sense to introduce the option of being able to vote online?

Local Council Election Results: Ukip Gains Control Of Large Sections Of The Media

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 23.05.2014 | UK Comedy

Britain woke up today to find that Ukip had made huge gains across the country's media. Ukip won seats in news studios all over England and Wales, ...

A One-Night Fling With Nigel Farage

Robin Lustig | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

The success of Ukip is a direct and inescapable consequence of the abject failure of the mainstream parties to connect with deeply disillusioned voters. It doesn't need Dave and Ed to light up a fag and be photographed from now on only with a pint of beer in their hands - perish the thought - it just needs them to start talking a language that vaguely resembles the language the rest of us speak. They've got just under 12 months to get it right. Meanwhile, the rest of us will start taking a closer look at some of Mr Farage's unpleasant new bed-fellows in the European parliament.

Why Is Racism the Biggest Debate in the European Elections?

Oana Romocea | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Politics
Oana Romocea

The title of a work of art by Tracy Emin which I saw at the Tate the other week got my attention: Hate and Power can be a terrible thing. This evocative title sums up the current debate in the electoral campaign for European elections in the UK. Candidates are fighting for power by employing hate.

PICTURE: At Least The Ballot Papers Were Honest This Year...

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.05.2014 | UK Comedy

Courtesy of the marvellous @TechnicallyRon: ...

Ukip Fury At Folded Ballot Papers As 'Imitation' Party Threatens Vote

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.05.2014 | UK

Ukip voters have suggested that polling stations are handing ballot papers to attendees with a fold obscuring the name of their party. Dozens of pe...

European Elections 2014: What's Firing the Green Surge

Natalie Bennett | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

It's only an opinion poll, a lot's going to depend on the results in individual regions, it's still all to play for - all of those old electoral sayings hold true, but nonetheless Green Party workers are going into the final sprint of the European election campaign with a spring in their step, following a YouGov poll for the Sunthat put our vote on 12%, enough to win six MEP seats in England, plus one in Scotland.

The Power of the Pencil and the Whistle

Aaron Vallely | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Politics
Aaron Vallely

Why is it, that here in Ireland we allow our Government to take so much of our money and spend it in ways that not only fail to benefit us, but contribute to the economic inequality of Europe? What do we get for our taxes?

Could E-Voting Threaten Our Democracy?

David Emm | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Tech
David Emm

The Internet now reaches into nearly every aspect of our lives. Vast numbers of us routinely bank, shop and socialise online and the public services we all rely on are equally dependent on computers and the Internet. It's also true that the widespread use of social media has provided new ways for citizens to engage with the political process in the countries in which they live.

Who Has Time for World War III?

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

Although the ominous situation in Ukraine directly affects the EU, it is not clear is how much economic pain the US, UK and the EU are willing and able to endure to send a clear and powerful message to Putin that it is time to retreat.