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Hydro-electric Power - Why a Coalition Government Could Make the UK Greener

Simon Thomas | Posted 30.04.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Thomas

The numbers speak for themselves. Hydro-electric power is currently the only renewable energy capable of replacing fossil fuels and it's about time we had a party in government that's going to get serious about cutting the UK's carbon footprint.

Nepal Earthquake: The Crisis Outside Kathmandu Valley

Megan Tara Blade | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Tara Blade

The 7.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday morning can only be described as a 'nightmare waiting to happen'. Mega-quakes like this one happen roughly every 80 years in Nepal, with over 9000 people being killed the earthquake of 1934. When I visited last year the possibility of another devastating earthquake was a matter of 'when' rather than 'if', however Nepal was in no way prepared for it...

The UK General Disconnection

Richard Neil | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Politics
Richard Neil

At the moment we're just calling sides on the same broken coin of empty promises, it makes no difference what side we choose as it can never really work in our favour. Real political change has and always will come from the people, by giving the public true representatives we can once again restore faith and reconnect with democracy.

Do Politicians Understand Social Care?

Beth Britton | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK Politics
Beth Britton

With electioneering in full swing, I am a frustrated voter. Not because of the endless talk of the deficit, austerity and immigration, but because while the NHS and healthcare feature in pretty much every political debate, by comparison social care is the poor relation.

General Election 2015 - As Seen by the Candidates

Mark Oaten | Posted 22.04.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Oaten

There are two weeks to go to the General Election and the pain is really starting to kick in. You're counting down the days and adding up the calories as you binge on Mars Bars to keep the energy levels going. You can hardly face another voter and simple tasks like getting in and out of the car result in aches and pains like never before. It's just not fun anymore.

Promise to Do Nothing and Get Elected

Dr Julie Mills | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Julie Mills

In all the pre-election excitement/apathy/hype/horror (make your own selection and delete as appropriate) I have a novel idea for politicians of all parties everywhere. Promise, if elected, to do as little as possible. I'm convinced it's a winner.

Stop Blaming Capitalism for our Economic Woes and Start Blaming the State!

Sean Howlett | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK Politics
Sean Howlett

Since the financial crisis of 2008, the public have wrongly blamed free market capitalism for economic woes, when they should be blaming government for allowing crony-capitalism/corporatism to incubate within the system.

Joey Essex, David Cameron and the Biggest Threat to UK Business

Gavin Devine | Posted 16.04.2015 | UK Politics
Gavin Devine

With only three weeks to go it is now almost impossible to avoid discussion of the UK General Election. Politicians, pundits and psephologists are everywhere, vying for our attention as they read the runes endlessly and often tediously. The smorgasbord of views, comments and opinions is overwhelming. But from this miasma some inescapable truths are emerging.

Why UK Politicians Cannot Tell The Truth

David C. M. Carter | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Politics
David C. M. Carter

It struck me today why no politician can ever tell the truth to voters. Why they never answer the direct question interviewers ask them. It's shockingly naïve of me to not have worked it out sooner.

I Hate Mums

Stuart Smith | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Parents
Stuart Smith

I hate mums. I love my own mum. She's lovely. I love my wife, who's also a mum. Oh, and also lovely. These mums, I love to bits. Not literally. The mums I hate are those collectively used as a depictor or descriptor of who does the childcare.

The New Kids on the Municipal Block

Simon Pitkeathley | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Pitkeathley

The outposts of local and central government should more readily view and accept the leaders of public private partnerships as willing and able associates with whom strong local alliances can be formed.

Science Matters: Why Science Should Feature in the General Election Conversation

Imran Khan | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Tech
Imran Khan

The political parties seek to differentiate themselves on issues such as the NHS, immigration, the economy, mental health, education, nationalism, the environment, austerity, and much else. But science rarely seems to rank as even a second-tier area for political differentiation...

Corporate Sectors Should Look to Advertising if They Want to Get Gender at the Top Right

Debbie Klein | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK
Debbie Klein

You only need to look at the response from business leaders during the most recent International Women's Day, or the fact that the gender pay gap was an agenda point in George Osborne's budget a few weeks ago - to know that the fight for equal representation is in full force.

Leaked Government Memo Shows Details Of Planned £12bn Welfare Cuts

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK Comedy

The Conservative party are planning to cut £12bn from the welfare budget - but won't reveal how those cuts will be made until after the general elect...

Young People Waiting More Than Three Years For Mental Health Help In 'Creaking' System

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Youths with mental health problems are being forced to wait for more than three years for help in a "creaking" system which cannot cope with the rise ...

The Last Shall Be First

Gavin Devine | Posted 26.03.2015 | UK
Gavin Devine

The dominance of London and the surrounding region in the national economy and in many aspects of our cultural life, there is an ever-increasing media and political focus on areas outside the South East as recognition grows of the importance of their role in the UK as a whole. And this could have a profound impact on Britain's future.

The Government Must Act on Air Pollution

Simon Gillespie | Posted 26.03.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Gillespie

There is a consensus in the medical community and among the major charities in this area. There is overwhelming and terrifying evidence, which is increasing every year. So we are all calling on the UK Government, ahead of the UK Supreme Court ruling on this issue next month..

Budgets Are About a Message, Not the Maths

Melissa Davis | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Politics
Melissa Davis

Prime minister David Cameron - First Lord of the Treasury - may be the government's PR man by background, but the Budget, the most high stakes public relations event in the politics calendar, is entrusted to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Relationships Must Be Put at the Heart of the NHS

Ruth Sutherland | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK
Ruth Sutherland

Long term health conditions such as dementia, cancer and depression affect 15 million of us in the UK today, making up the bulk of increasing demand on the NHS. With our most cherished institution struggling to meet the costs, it is clear we need to find new and different ways of preventing and managing ill health.

The Government Needs to Get Serious About Digital Elections

Jack Curtis | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Politics
Jack Curtis

As much as our society is digital, it is every bit as cynical. The next decade will make great strides forward for communication, health, business and sport, but let it also be the decade that politics repairs its broken reputation. Nobody knows what will pick politics up from the gutter, but online voting might just be a start.

Ofsted Criticism Shows Growing Importance of Anti-Radicalisation Provision for Our Young People

Charlie Rigby | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Politics
Charlie Rigby

Ofsted has received criticism from two committees of MPs this week, who have slammed its failure to highlight the Rotherham child sex abuse scandal and the 'Trojan Horse' plot in Birmingham schools, after allegations of attempted takeovers by individuals looking to impose a view of radical Islam on the students.

Caging Debate and Transparency

Yousef Dar | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK
Yousef Dar

This is not the first time such allegations have surfaced; there have been other examples, and, whilst this is not the lone cause of radicalisation, such behaviour can play a part in that journey. The extent of this influence is open to debate on a case by case basis.

Why We Must Further Nurture Grit and Resilience in Our Schoolchildren

Charlie Rigby | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Politics
Charlie Rigby

Yesterday Education Secretary Nicky Morgan stated that being academic in the modern world simply isn't enough, and that too narrow a focus was given to passing exams, when more time should be spent developing the grit and resilience young people will do frequently need in life. This is a message I wholeheartedly agree with, but it is a little late in coming.

Budget 2015: Here Are 8 Things George Osborne WON'T Mention

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Comedy

As the Chancellor gets ready to deliver his final budget before the general election, we predict some things he won't mention... (For HuffPost ...

Could This FINALLY Be The Start Of A Sensible UK Drugs Policy?

Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK

Sir Richard Branson and Nick Clegg are calling for a major overhaul in the way government classifies and criminalises drug users. The Virgin owner...