UK Elections

The Millennial Generation Manifesto

Suli Breaks | Posted 05.03.2015 | 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 20.02.2015 | 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 19.02.2015 | 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 03.02.2015 | 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 27.01.2015 | 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 26.01.2015 | 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 26.01.2015 | 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 23.01.2015 | 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.

Grexit and the elections: What next for Greece?

Dr Ioannis Christodoulou | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK
Dr Ioannis Christodoulou

In Greece people are very worried and voice strong concerns over who they should vote for on election day (25 January). At least 15% of Greeks remain undecided and this hiatus will remain until the last minute.

Warning - May Not Include Disabled People

Simon Stevens | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Stevens

Disability will be talked about through the bitter election ahead, but when the term is banded about as a synonym for poverty, it is important to question if this is merely political hot air, or really what a range of disabled people believe and think? I doubt in most cases it will be the latter and I fear the general public will sadly remain fooled into seeing disability as just a welfare issue without ever hearing from all disabled people.

In an Age of Space Travel, Why Are We Governed by a System From the Era of the Horse and Carriage?

Martin Wilding | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Politics
Martin Wilding

Electoral legitimacy is the weak spot in the Palace of Westminster. Once a new system is defined, that will be the place to pile the barrels of gunpowder. The building itself should become a nice little earner for the National Trust.

Getting Back to the Future of Voting

Areeq Chowdhury | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK Politics
Areeq Chowdhury

So yes, it is fair to say that our current methods of voting in the UK are incredibly out-dated and simply do not reflect the culture change that has occurred in the Google Generation.

Interview With Imran Khan, Part One (From His Sit-in in Islamabad)

Nauman Khalid | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Politics
Nauman Khalid

NK: To begin with I'd like to put to you what Cyril Almeida, a bright, young thing from Oxford - considering the store you set by a British education ...

Jessica Elgot

'I Am Quite Clear That People Have Lost Trust In Us'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK

At first glance, the office of the European Parliament's president is a eurosceptic's stereotype, the top of the 15-story building, with sweep...

Why Europe Must Now Support Tunisia More Than Ever

Alyn Smith | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK Politics
Alyn Smith

We Europeans did nothing to help Tunisia achieve its revolution in January 2011. Yet, today, we can and must support the most successful of the Arab Spring countries - because we know that democracy can never be taken for granted.

The Secret Weapon That Helped Win the White House in 1948 & Establish The Political 'War Room'

Philip White | Posted 25.12.2014 | UK Politics
Philip White

On paper, it looked like Thomas E. Dewey was a shoo-in to win the 1948 election and return the Presidency to his Republican Party after 16 years of De...

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 09.11.2014 | 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 04.11.2014 | 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...