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UK Government's Plan To Tackle Obesity Could Deliver Too Little, Too Late

Professor Mark Hanson | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK Politics
Professor Mark Hanson

The government's plan contains several good components, but I know that many experts in the field, many health care professionals and probably many parents will feel disappointed that it does not go far enough...there is a real danger that the government's plan will deliver too little, too late, and that major opportunities will have been missed.

Now It's Up To Schools, Not The Government, To Protect New Teachers From Workload

Anna-Christina Connelly | Posted 24.08.2016 | UK Politics
Anna-Christina Connelly

It is not okay to normalise that school work will make you cry and interfere with your family life, social life and love life. Nor to sanitise the well-documented crisis we have with workload related-mental health issues by saying that every teacher is under that pressure.

What will the Government's new national commitment on end of life care mean for hospices?

Jonathan Ellis | Posted 23.08.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Ellis

Hospices also have an important part to play in raising awareness of the new national commitment to end of life care. Their longstanding expertise in providing quality, compassionate care and their widespread links with organisations across their local communities, means their role will be crucial to help deliver the transformation in care for dying people that the Government desires and which is so urgently needed.

The Future Of Education: There Are Two Things That Really Work

Lord Knight | Posted 22.08.2016 | UK
Lord Knight

We should focus on those two really hard jobs: how can we recruit and train, and keep training the profession? And how can we raise the ambitions of children for themselves?

National and Local Government Ignore Scientific and Judicial Evidence About Ill Health

Reverend Paul Nicolson | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK Politics
Reverend Paul Nicolson

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) stands like a light house shining alarm signals across the stormy seas of British national and local politics while individuals and families crash into the rocks with an ever diminishing chance of being rescued by the lifeboats of the increasingly stretched NHS.

Brexit: It's All About PMA for the UK Housing Sector

Simon Thomas | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK Politics
Simon Thomas

As a supporter of the remain campaign of course I believe that Brexit was the wrong decision for our country. However, while I feel disappointed by the outcome, I am also a realist. And I am determined to make the very best of the situation at hand. After all, where there is uncertainty and upheaval, there is always opportunity.

The Lords Are Not Our Saviour

Adrienne Macartney | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Politics
Adrienne Macartney

We illegally bomb 'democracy' into foreign lands that happen to possess resource or geopolitical value. We all play a role in these 'liberty' crusades. We are all culpable proselytizers of democracy at any price. Yet the dis-united Kingdom remains a feudal land.

Downgrading the Care Minister's Role is Bad News for Social Care

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK Politics
Jane Ashcroft

Theresa May and David Mowat, the Parliamentary Under-secretary responsible for care, have the chance to turn social care around and help those in need of care to lead the best lives possible; I hope it's a challenge they address as the lack of adequate social care funding is an issue which cannot be ignored any longer.

The Silence Surrounding the Murders of Disabled People Is Deafening

Emma Vogelmann | Posted 03.08.2016 | UK Politics
Emma Vogelmann

Some of you will have read about the horrifying attack that took place at a disabled care home last week in Japan, and some of you will not. If you haven't, you're not a bad or uninformed person; you're the proof that this story did not receive adequate attention particularly from the Government.

Theresa May's New Government Must Renew the Digital Service's Political Mandate

Tom Watson | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK Politics
Tom Watson

It is a classic Whitehall power grab carried out while the chaos caused by Brexit is still unfolding. While Cabinet members familiarise themselves with their new roles, the Government Digital Service (GDS) is under threat, with a Whitehall plan to undermine it already well advanced. Unless it's stopped, a decade of digital progress in central government could be undone. The Home Office has already quietly removed its most senior digital leader and similar positions in the Cabinet Office, DWP and HMRC are reportedly under threat. The mandarin machine is taking advantage of the summer hiatus to launch a minor coup, with the Sir Humphreys of Whitehall effectively trying to repatriate powers to their respective departments. The new cabinet office minister, Ben Gummer, must not allow them to succeed.

How Governments and the Media Help Terrorism Be More Effective

Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK
Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia

The more effective the amplification of their barbaric acts, the more they will successfully undermine the liberal democratic model that they despise. And their determination to do just that is strong, resilient and long lasting.

Trump Is a Psychopath: American Democracy or Twilight Zone?

Mohadesa Najumi | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Politics
Mohadesa Najumi

I don't blame Americans for feeling that their elections are rigged. Pundits say that Trump is fuelled by anger, but it worries me even more that no one like Trump has ever got this far.

Balancing Life Chances - Balancing the Books

Michael Mercieca | Posted 22.07.2016 | UK Politics
Michael Mercieca

If Brexit is to be a new beginning, not the beginning of the end, then a radical reformation of education must be a part of the new Cabinet's thinking. I look forward to hearing more from the government in the coming weeks.

Shortcomings in UK Government Review of Flooding

Bob Ward | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Politics
Bob Ward

One of the most important decisions facing the new UK Government is how to implement the recommendations of the National Flood Resilience Review, which was scheduled to be published this week.

Labour: A Political Soap Opera

Jack Jenkins | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Politics
Jack Jenkins

The answer is they probably won't be able to and that in itself is a catastrophe. In such vitriolic times the country needs Parliament to function properly, especially with a government just entering its infancy, something it will not be able to do without a unified opposition. Labour needs to sort itself out and quickly, for the sake of us all.

Prime Minister May Must Restore Trust to Deliver a Better Deal for Consumers

Peter Vicary-Smith | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Politics
Peter Vicary-Smith

Recent research from Which? has highlighted peoples' fears over the economy. More than half of households expect it to get worse over the next 12 months, that's more than double a year ago.

The Government's EatWell Guide IS NOT Responsible for Diabetes and Obesity

Emer Delaney | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Emer Delaney

I must admit, I get increasingly frustrated with some of the reports I read in our papers these days. Take a recent article that appeared in The Daily...

Southern Rail: We the People Have Had Enough

Tom Walters | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK
Tom Walters

Eleven weeks have now passed and the delays, cancellations and severe overcrowding have continued. Commuters rocking forwards and backwards at the prospect of being late for work, missing client meetings or not making it back on time to put kids to bed.

No Matter How Unwittingly, No Business Should Support Slavery

Kevin Hyland OBE | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK
Kevin Hyland OBE

When we think of those who are behind the heinous crime of modern slavery, we imagine ruthless criminals - traffickers who manipulate, abuse and exploit their victims; slave masters who withhold wages while forcing employers to work in inconceivable conditions. This is an accurate picture. But we must keep in mind that business leaders, unaware though they may be, often play a part.

Petition For A Second EU Referendum Signed By 4 Million Has Been Rejected

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 09.07.2016 | UK

A petition for a second EU Referendum signed by more than four million people has been turned down by the Government. The petition was the biggest pos...

MPs, Sex and Early Action

David Robinson | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Politics
David Robinson

At the Conservative party leadership hustings on Monday evening Andrea Leadsom apparently referenced her work on developing a long-term and cross-part...

'Business As Usual' Is Not Good Enough for Carers

Beth Britton | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK
Beth Britton

That last point, which for many gets to the heart of why the ambitions for the Care Act aren't being realized, is certainly a fair reflection of the current climate. However, for me, finding solutions is as much about creativity as it is requests for more money. Carers do amazing work in their unpaid role, and as a society we need to show the same resolve in finding ways to support them.

An Open Letter to the Labour Party About Unity - From a Labour Party Member

Euan Healey | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Politics
Euan Healey

I joined the Labour Party around a year ago. I joined to shape the Labour Party into the organisation that I want it to become, the organisation that I think I could vote for - and the organisation that could win general elections, to do right by the people of this country. A year on, I do not see this party as one that I want to be part of.

Careers Advice in Schools Needs a Revolution: Let's Hope the Government Are on the Same Page

Tanja Kuveljic | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK
Tanja Kuveljic

Careers advice and work experience opportunities offered to young people as they progress through the school system have been ineffective for decades. With the issue receiving fragmented interest from successive Governments, schools have been ill equipped to provide the appropriate balance of guidance and experience that our young people need.

What Next for the Labour Party?

Euan Healey | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Politics
Euan Healey

It's the million voter question. But one that I doubt I'll be able to answer - especially given that the Labour Party itself is failing to be able to answer it, as Jeremy Corbyn has today announced that he will not resign even following the loss of a vote of confidence by 172 votes to 40.