Free Trade

Why You Shouldn't Feel Shocked By 2016

Rose Gibbs | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Politics
Rose Gibbs

f the events of 2016 come as a surprise - it is because we are failing to communicate or take an interest in people beyond our own small bubbles. A failure that is also seen within our political parties who have not listened to the urgently felt concerns of so many people and thus neglected to provide for the huge changes that neoliberal globalisation has caused.

First Brexit, Now Trump: When Will We Finally Take Globalisation Seriously?

John Bunzl | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Politics
John Bunzl

Don't worry, Trump won't be able to put much of his extremist rhetoric into practice. There are too many checks and balances in the U.S. political system. Both Congress and the Senate may be under Republican control, but the Republican Party is far from synonymous with Trump. And in a highly interdependent world our political leaders don't have nearly as much power as we think...

We All Lose From A Divided States Of America

Mark Prisk | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Prisk

On Tuesday night we will learn who is about to become the next President of the United States of America. Whoever emerges, they will inherit a country which is more divided than ever before. That's bad news for the rest of us.

How Brexit Has Crippled TTIP

Adam Hamdy | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

Reports coming out of Brussels and Washington suggest that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, otherwise known as TTIP, has been crippled, possibly killed, by Brexit. Informed sources suggest that TTIP will be parked until Britain's Article 50 negotiations have been completed and that there is now a possibility that the deal will never be concluded.

Brexit Can Lead to a More Diverse, Less Racist Great Britain

Colin Cortbus | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Colin Cortbus

After last week's referendum, Brexit offers a unique and historic chance for the UK to become an open-minded, globally-oriented, diverse tolerant society - but only if we actually try.

Ten Reasons Why We Must Leave the EU

Adam Hamdy | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

When I recently told a colleague that I want the UK to leave the EU, she expressed considerable dismay that someone of my background - mixed-race, working class, comprehensive education - was lining up with far-right racists. Such a misguided view of the people who support Brexit does a disservice to the millions of Britons up and down the UK, who are now in a majority that understands why it is morally, politically and economically essential for Britain to leave the EU.

Brexit Will Benefit Both Farmers and Consumers

Jayne Adye | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Politics
Jayne Adye

With the referendum really heating up in recent weeks, there has been a surplus of outlandish claims coming from both sides. With plenty of column inches already dedicated to the Prime Minister's scaremongering about the dangers of World War 3 if we Leave the EU, the ordinary voter can understandably come to the conclusion the whole referendum issue is a bit of a storm in a teacup...

Why Labour Must Say No to the EU

Adam Hamdy | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

I'm a trustee of Water For Africa, an innovative charity that trains local people to provide sustainable water supplies for their communities. As gra...

Cameron Is Using Norway to Make the Out Campaigns Look Risky

Jonathan Lindsell | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Lindsell

Cameron appears to be positioning himself firmly on the In side of the EU referendum without saying so explicitly. Not only this, but he is using his prominence as head of government to try to outmanoeuvre the main Out players.

How to Help the Poor Access Finance and Find Sustainable Routes out of Poverty Without the Need for Banks...or Donors

Lord Michael Hastings | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Politics
Lord Michael Hastings

I would like to thank Mr James Fierro, CEO of ECO Capacity Exchange for writing this article with me. Last Friday (25th September) UN heads of stat...

TTIP: A Double Edged Sword?

Ciara Kelleher | Posted 11.09.2016 | UK Politics
Ciara Kelleher

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is an exciting new prospect for 2016. It is a proposed free trade agreement between the United Stat...

Britain, the EU and Generation Y - How We Can Win This Thing.

Alan Grant | Posted 26.06.2016 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

We have the opportunity to come out of this referendum enlivened in our common endeavour, let's go ahead and take it, even if we have to endure a little bit of cliché for our troubles.

TTIP: The European Parliaments Draws Its Red Lines

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

The future of the much debated Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is far from assured. Apart from the difficulty in thrashing out a...

TTIP: Opportunities and Risk of an EU-US Free Trade Agreement

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

It has the potential to create the world's largest bilateral free-trade area, creating jobs and boosting economic growth on both sides of the Atlantic, yet the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has proved controversial from the start.

Cows, Capitalism and the Power of Profit

Joe Ware | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK
Joe Ware

There are millions of women around the world that are business owners-in-waiting. By breaking down the cultural barriers and being equipped with start-up resources they have the potential to take back power over their own lives and transform their community.

Talking Straight to Mr Free Market About Fairness

Harriet Lamb | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK
Harriet Lamb

It's time to tell him straight: You are pretty damn good at many things, mate. You are simply the best at growth - no one comes near you. But you are starting to look a little overweight, what with all the mergers and acquisitions?

TTIP's Threat to Democracy

Leanne Wood | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Politics
Leanne Wood

TTIP will subject Europe to American-style 'light touch' regulation for corporate take-overs and practices. It will drape a constant shadow of uncertainty over public services in the form of possible aggressive private take-overs.

Ten Reasons to Get Active and Stop TTIP

Marienna Pope-Weidemann | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Politics
Marienna Pope-Weidemann

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will be the biggest international 'free-trade deal' in history. It will standardise EU regulations with their almost non-existent US counterparts. Negotiations are secret and over 90 per cent consultants are corporate lobbyists, which is more than a little suspicious.

Landmark European Elections Deliver Political Earthquake

Andrew Hammond | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Hammond

Voters from the 28 member nations of the European Union delivered an election earthquake on May 25. Results show major gains in the European Parliament for anti-integration, Euroskeptic parties which span the ideological spectrum from the extreme-right National Front which won the ballot in France, to the far-left Syriza Party which came first in Greece.

A Vote for Sinn Féin Is a Vote for Poverty

Ben Acheson | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

Admittedly, that is a slightly sensationalist statement, but let's look at the facts. Forget highly-charged diatribes about United Irelands or United Kingdoms. Forget histrionic republicanism, flag-waving unionism and arguments about terrorists and freedom fighters. Take bigotry, ideology, and romanticism out of it.

Being part of the EU is GOOD for the UK

Ben Acheson | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

Cross-border telecommunications are cheaper and easier after the EU abolished national monopolies for fixed-line services. The price of phonecalls has plummeted. Since 2000, the cost of a 10-minute call within the EU has fallen by an average of 74%...

WTO in Bali: Anyone Would Think 440ppm Had Never Happened

Ruth Bergan | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Politics
Ruth Bergan

Meanwhile, the US continues to subsidise its own agricultural sector for crops like corn, wheat and soy, all of which are exported, all of which are associated with climate change: monocropping and the depletion of soil nutrition, reduction of soil capacity as a carbon sink and use for feed for Greenhouse Gas intensive meat production.

Will We Let Democracy Die With Mandela?

Jon Alexander | Posted 06.02.2014 | UK Politics
Jon Alexander

This great man knew that the freedom of every member of a society to participate fully in its governance was the absolute, the fundamental, the non-negotiable. This freedom transcends race, and it transcends political affiliation. I believe we must all claim his legacy as a matter of urgency, and do so actively and constructively, if we are not to sleepwalk into a new era of oppression.

China Set To Invest In HS2

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 02.12.2013 | UK

China could be set to invest some of its significant economic might in the controversial HS2 rail project and a new generation of nuclear power statio...

Why Trade Deals are Privatising Government

Ruth Bergan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Ruth Bergan

Today, the EU and US will start the second round of negotiations on what could be the biggest trade deal ever seen. They present us with a stark choice: do we want the rules that govern our society to be decided by government, or by big business?