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New Brexit Hooligans

Stephen Clarke | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen Clarke

In short, the eurocrats are scared of a fight. They're as unlike Hitler as you could get. But European pacifism is apparently not something that Messrs Cameron and Johnson want to hear about.

Brexit: About Democracy, Not Money

Tom Bailey | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Politics
Tom Bailey

Of course economic considerations influence political decision-making, but some are too fundamental to draw up a cost benefit analysis. At the heart of the issue is whether or not Britain should remain part of an expanding and undemocratic super-state. Democracy should not be sacrificed upon a cross of gold.

A Vote to Remain Will Keep the Northern Powerhouse on Track

David Rutley | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Politics
David Rutley

It is too simplistic, to say the least, to think that having filed for divorce with a vote to Leave we would get to dictate from the sidelines the terms and settlement to access EU markets following the separation. For all its frustrations, being part of the world's largest trading bloc, is critical for the investment projects that are so vital for success in the Northern Powerhouse. We need to remain to keep it that way.

The EU Theft of Democracy

Adam Hamdy | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

Our democratic rights are all we have to protect us from tyranny and poor government. We must not sell them for the illusion of a pot of EU gold. People on both sides will try to use scare stories of immigration, risks to the economy, house prices, war and all sorts of other noisy issues, but, at its quiet heart, democracy is the defining issue of this referendum.

Stronger In's Attempt To Woo Young People Is 'Gettin' Absolutely Slated

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education

The Britain Stronger in Europe group has launched a new campaign that suggests the literacy of our nation is secondary to maintaining our relationship...

The EU and the Referendum Matter to Charities and VCS - They Need to Engage Positively

John Tizard | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Politics
John Tizard

The outcome of the UK wide referendum on 23rd June will have significant long term implications for the country's governance, politics, economy, environment, public services, employment rights, social mobility, migration, refugees, asylum status ... and so much more.

The Worst Superbug? Tuberculosis

Aaron Oxley | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Tech
Aaron Oxley

Why TB is included in the AMR review is clear: over the last few decades TB has been quietly transforming itself into new strains of drug resistant TB (DR-TB). DR-TB causes an astounding 500 deaths a day and can't be cured with normal TB drugs.

Living In Donald Trump's World

Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia

It will never happen. This is what many of my friends on both sides of the Atlantic have repeatedly told me over the last several months when I asked about their view of a Trump presidency. So outrageous was the idea that it was not even considered a subject worthy of discussion.

Calling All Fellow Brexiteers: Can We Hurry Up and Lose the Never-End-Dum?

Georgina Edwards | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Politics
Georgina Edwards

I'd hate to be a Negative Nancy, or a fun sponge of any description, but there is no way in hell the Leave camp are going to win the EU referendum. Like with Scottish independence and the Alternative Vote, we will opt for the status quo...

Berlin vs. Budapest

Alexia Cowley | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Alexia Cowley

Visas and Vaccinations The great news is that as a British citizen, you do not need a holiday visa or any particular vaccinations for visiting Berlin...

Why Boris Johnson Playing the Hitler Card Was So, So Wrong

Eddy Temple-Morris | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Politics
Eddy Temple-Morris

The irony that Boris played the Hitler card is stomach churning when you consider Adolf would have loved both his blond hair and his extreme right wing politics and he would have hated Jeremy Corbyn.

Donald Trump Has Updated Us On His Brexit Views Now He Might Actually Be President

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 15.05.2016 | UK

Donald Trump has said a Brexit would not put Britain at the "back of the queue" to secure a US trade deal if he become president, in an attack on Bara...

This Is Why ABBA Getting Involved In The Brexit Debate Is The Best Thing Ever

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK

There were cries of "Mamma Mia" across the UK when one of the members of legendary Swedish pop group ABBA came out in favour of remaining in the Europ...

Unions and Europe - What Are the Choices and Challenges on 23 June?

Gregor Gall | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK Politics
Gregor Gall

It has long been evident that the referendum on 23 June is about whether Britain's membership of the European Union should be maintained regardless of the deal David Cameron struck with the EU member countries on 19 February 2016. As such, the questions facing unions and their members are even more profound and searching than could have been expected.

Joining the Bandwagon

James Hargrave | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Politics
James Hargrave

For many of us who work in politics it feels like we have been having the In/Out debate forever. However, it is only now that the local/mayoral/PCC elections are out the way that the public at large will start to 'tune in.' What does this mean for me? Which way should I go? Do I really care?

Be on the Ball at Euro 2016

Fleur Rollet-Manus | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Fleur Rollet-Manus

We are now only a month away from either euphoric victory or embarrassing failure, as the England team gets ready to hop across the channel alongside thousands of British football fans to compete in this years Euros. But are you all set and on the ball?

5 Things Wrong With This EU Referendum

Anisa Haghdadi | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Politics
Anisa Haghdadi

This referendum could be an enjoyable exercise in democracy - encouraging the public to exercise and stretch their brains and hearts to find the right decision for them and their families.

In the Face of Conflict Build Bridges, Not Walls

Aldwyn Cooper | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK
Aldwyn Cooper

At the recent 'International Peace Summit' held at Regent's University London in partnership with the Tutu Foundation UK, Nontombi Tutu, daughter of t...

The Developing World Is Better Off With Britain Inside the EU

Simon Maxwell | Posted 08.05.2016 | UK
Simon Maxwell

There is much at stake in Europe just now. The external environment is characterised by economic slowdown, the pressure of conflict, the refugee crisis, and the need to move rapidly to act on the Sustainable Development Goals, especially those related to climate. Urgent action is also needed to tackle the tax and transparency issues revealed by the Panama Papers. The threat of global disease epidemics is ever-present, with Ebola having been supplanted by the zika virus as the most urgent current threat. In all these arenas, the priority is coordinated action among groups of nations: another reason to put the global role of the EU high on the agenda.

An Open Letter to All 294 MPs Who Voted Against the Dubs Amendment

Maudie Fraser | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Politics
Maudie Fraser

Dear MPs, I speak on behalf of a vast proportion of the British public when I express my profound disappointment that 294 members of the party ruling...

Why Doesn't the EU Have a Strategy for Syria?

Guy Verhofstadt | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK Politics
Guy Verhofstadt

Instead of sitting back, crossing our fingers and hoping for an end to the Syrian civil war, the EU should be uniting to heap pressure on those regional powers blocking the path to peace. Never before has a continent with so much invested in the stability of its surrounding regions, been so reluctant to project its power and defend its interests.

Is Xenophobia Team Brexit's Final Hope?

Nash Riggins | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK Politics
Nash Riggins

Against everyone's better judgement, Brexiteers have now been forced to abandon all reason and double down on their hopes that Britain's festering xenophobia will ultimately be enough to defeat economic literacy come June. Politicians like Boris Johnson and Michael Gove have consequently placed every last shred of credibility on the line by attempting to disprove their own fundamental beliefs on the supposed economic benefits of immigration. That's a pretty risky bet...

Why the EU Isn't a Sprawling Mass of Bureaucrats Lacking any Democratic Legitimacy

Theresa Griffin | Posted 02.05.2016 | UK Politics
Theresa Griffin

The reality is that nothing is decided at an EU level unless all member countries have explicitly agreed by treaty to do so. Even then, each and every piece of legislation that is made at an EU level is agreed by national governments.

The Abolition of Roaming Charges Is Yet More Evidence of How Britain Is Better Off in the EU

Mary Creagh | Posted 29.04.2016 | UK Politics
Mary Creagh

Saturday marks a milestone for the travel industry and for business people and holidaymakers alike. Mobile phone roaming charges are being slashed by almost three quarters. From 15 June 2017, there will be no roaming charges in Europe at all. And it's all thanks to the EU.

Europe Is a Force for Good - We Should Be United in Support of It

Dr Julie Smith | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Julie Smith

Frank Field would do well to take a leaf out of Jeremy Corbyn's book. He should look at the EU of the 21st Century not the 1970s. Corbyn has changed his position, he has come around to the ideas that the Liberal Democrats have long been extolling. The current EU is good for the UK; not only that it's good for traditional Labour voters - something Corbyn has come to realise.