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Help, Don't Judge - An Alternative Budget

Jenny A Allen | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Politics
Jenny A Allen

What might be better than a marriage tax allowance? For a start, what about increased access to relationship counselling? Something which might actually help save a struggling relationship. Unlike the proposed marriage tax break which even David Cameron acknowledges won't stop anyone from getting a divorce.

The Home of Shi**y Banter

Lydia Smith | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lydia Smith

Earlier this month, the world witnessed a group of hockey players from Stirling University chanting sexist songs about miscarriages on camera, while performing Nazi salutes. Other students watched in horror; too afraid to do anything to stop the perpetrators. This is what banter is. It is grossly misogynistic. It is racist. It is hurtful. It is ignorant. It is the vindication that justifies all of these things - all in the name of a harmless joke. And it needs to stop.

Starbucks Isn't the Scandal of the Autumn Statement, Politicians Are

Gareth Edmundson | Posted 03.02.2013 | UK Politics
Gareth Edmundson

Did you know that the gap between the tax that the UK government is meant to collect compared to the tax that it actually collects is £32 billion.

Nobel Laureate Slams Austerity Plans

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 20.10.2012 | UK

A top US professor and Nobel Laureate in Economics has branded George Osbourne's austerity plan as 'mad', 'a mistake' and based upon 'a policy that ha...

Jokes Of The Week: Seven Days Of Twitter Funnies

Huffington Post UK | Alastair Plumb | Posted 27.07.2012 | UK Comedy

In the week before The Olympics, it's natural for the comedy Twitterati to fire their barbs - if that's something you can do with barbs - in the direc...

Eurozone Crisis: Greece Makes Last Attempt To Form Government As Markets Fall

Huffington Post UK / PA | Michael Rundle | Posted 15.05.2012 | UK

Greek politicians are making a final last-ditch effort to form a stable government after more than a week of frenzied negotiation, as the prospect of ...

The Economy Is Still Our Priority, Insists Osborne

PA | Posted 06.05.2012 | UK Politics

George Osborne insisted on Sunday the government was "straining every effort" to tackling the economy as he indicated controversial reforms of the Hou...

Petrol Prices Fuelling The Pressure On Osborne

PA | Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.01.2012 | UK Politics

Chancellor George Osborne has come under pressure from the Commons to hold down fuel prices. MPs called on the Government to scrap fuel duty rises ...

Austerity Britain is Not a Fun Place For Families

Helen Dent | Posted 04.01.2012 | UK
Helen Dent

The Prime Minister has repeatedly said that he wants his Government to be the most "family friendly" ever. It's time for David Cameron to prove he's a family man and kick his Number 11 neighbour's policy of stripping back financial support even further into the long grass.

Can Hugh Grant Rescue the Phone Hacking Scandal?

Josh Oldham | Posted 06.12.2011 | UK Politics
Josh Oldham

Hugh Grant strikes me as a man frustrated. Giving interviews at a fringe event at the Tory party conference this week, he once again continued his eff...

Osborne Should Drive a Hard Bargain for British Banks' £46bn Subsidy

Tony Greenham | Posted 07.11.2011 | UK Politics
Tony Greenham

Britain is getting a bad deal from its banks. Our research has found that the five biggest UK banks enjoyed an indirect subsidy of £46bn in 2010 courtesy of the taxpayer.

The 50p tax Sends the Wrong Message to Entrepreneurs

Professor Mark Harrison | Posted 07.11.2011 | UK Politics
Professor Mark Harrison

George Osborne should ignore the political pressures for maintaining the 50p tax. If we want Britain to succeed in the global economy, our growth message should be that entrepreneurialism and aspiration are welcome in the UK indefinitely.

B is for Bankruptcy, C is for Confidence

Amber Rudd | Posted 27.09.2011 | UK Politics
Amber Rudd

Oh, the glee on the faces of Labour Ministers as the growth figures came in at 0.2% on Tuesday. How they gloated and tried to hold a "more in sorrow than in anger" line, while dancing the fandango on the fractional number.

It's Time for George Osborne to Forget the Dogma

Angela Eagle | Posted 25.09.2011 | UK Politics
Angela Eagle

For a Prime Minster who promised to 'get the economy moving again' today's GDP figures must be deeply worrying. They reveal growth of just 0.2% in the second quarter of 2011. Today we've heard the additional bank holiday due to the royal wedding, the wedding itself and the warm weather in April all being held up as reasons for this poor performance. Not so long ago, the Chancellor of the Exchequer came to the House of Commons and blamed the winter snow for Britain's shock plunge into negative growth at the end of 2010.

New Ideas for Growing old

Nigel Keohane | Posted 12.09.2011 | UK Politics
Nigel Keohane

Who should pay for supporting us as we grow old and need care? That was the subject of a Government review headed by Andrew Dilnot that was published this week. The response has been almost unanimously positive, and in some areas, quite rightly.