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A New Form Of Education - Islam Yesterday And Today

Sophia Parvizi-Wayne | Posted 27.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sophia Parvizi-Wayne

It isn't just the time to limit the radicalisation of the Islam Faith but it is also time to stop the radicalization of our own views. Fine, religion has the potential to be toxic but so do we.

Pop Culture And Politics: Exclusive Interview With Goldie Lookin' Chain

Rachel Loughran | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Rachel Loughran

It might be all over for Brangelina but pop culture and politics is the power couple that's here to stay. It is perhaps a headline more suited to tab...

Bye Bye Boozy Britain As No Alcohol Bars Show Drinking May Finally Be Going Out of Fashion

Lauren Booth | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK
Lauren Booth

In Britain we have reached the stage in our relationship with booze best summed up as can't live with it and unable to live without it. As Theresa Ma...

Confessions Of A Volunteer Virgin

Hattie Holden Edmonds | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK
Hattie Holden Edmonds

Before I tackle the House of Lords Children in Crisis report on unaccompanied refugee children in the EU, I really need to replace that mould-riddled ...

Why Theresa May Is The J-Lo Of Politics

Rachel Loughran | Posted 16.09.2016 | UK Comedy
Rachel Loughran

What do pop stars, chocolate bars and Prime Ministers have in common? No, it's not a dodgy one liner. All three have all been subject to the mighty ...

Dressing Freely Is Important For Women, But It's Even More Vital To Respect Their Thoughts

Zishi Zhang | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Zishi Zhang

Nicola Thorp, a former employee who was dismissed because she wasn't wearing high heels , created a petition and successfully persuaded the Parliament to launch the High heels and workplace dress codes inquiry. This is a significant call to end sexism on the physical side. However, I think it is the perfect time now for us to reflect about what "she" thinks.

Let's Make Sure Online Porn Is Strictly For Over 18s

Peter Wanless | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK Politics
Peter Wanless

Recent research by the NSPCC found that young people are as likely to see online porn accidentally as search for it, and that repeated viewing can lead them to see porn as realistic. Exposing children to porn at a young age, before they are equipped to cope with it, can be extremely damaging to their developing understanding of sex and relationships.

The Failings Of The Universal Credit System Need To Be Addressed And Addressed Fast

Tom Brake | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Politics
Tom Brake

Iain Duncan Smith's project, which he has long since walked away from and left in the hands of others, is on the rocks. The Government have chosen to test a critical system by running it live, with real data, affecting real people and causing many casualties.

Poverty Is One Of The UK's Greatest Injustices - But It Can Be Solved

Julia Unwin | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Politics
Julia Unwin

Poverty in the UK is a big problem, and solving it requires a big response. But we cannot avoid the problem any longer. As Brexit showed, addressing poverty is a moral, political and economic imperative. It wastes people's potential, depriving our society and economy of the skills and talents of those who have valuable contributions to make. Solving the burning injustice of poverty is the way to truly make Britain work for all.

Theresa May's 'Running Commentary' And The Clash Between Policy And Politics

Michael Clarke | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Politics
Michael Clarke

It is only a short step from being seen a 'safe pair of hands' to a do-nothing who is out of her depth. Judging by the steely ambition she has shown in her rise to power, she will not be prepared to let that happen.

Opening New Grammar Schools Is A Bad Policy That Is Likely To Fail

Sam Harrison | Posted 11.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Harrison

After weeks of teasing, Theresa May has finally revealed her plan for the educational reforms. At first glance, it seems clever and full of good intentions: poor kids to get an education previously reserved for the richer, feeder primary schools and university ties to smooth out the remaining corners. But it is a bad set of policies that, whether now in a few years' time, will inevitably fail.

New Funding For English Language Learning: Good Effort, But Must Try Harder

Stephen Hale | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK
Stephen Hale

We're renewing our call on the government to ensure that every single refugee and asylum seeker receives eight to twelve hours of English classes for two years. Our polling demonstrates the strong public support for this with 73% recognising the benefits for communities and for Britain.

From Recess To Reality - What Health and Social Care Need From The New UK Government

Beth Britton | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK Politics
Beth Britton

Right now there are people who are unnecessarily in hospital beds, losing independence and desperate to be discharged. Meanwhile, there are people in their own homes having to choose between getting out of bed, having a shower, eating a meal or going to the toilet (because they don't have the support to do it all).

Tackling The Housing Crisis Will Take More Than Money

Christian Faes | Posted 02.09.2016 | UK
Christian Faes

The number of new homes completed in the first half of 2016 in England stands at 67,560, down from 71,810 in the first half of 2015. The Government has committed to building one million new homes by the end of this parliament in 2020. At the current rate, we won't even come close. Drastic improvements are needed and soon.

Studying The Kiwis: Could Britain's Junior Doctors Learn From New Zealand?

Nima Ghadiri | Posted 30.08.2016 | UK Politics
Nima Ghadiri

Based on their track record, would they have hesitated to legally challenge the UK government: particularly on Jeremy Hunt's early assertion that we do not already have a seven-day emergency NHS, a proclamation which has already led to well-documented patient harm?

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.