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People Are Furious The Government Wants Flags Flown At Half-Mast For Saudi King

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK

In a gesture which could not be more emblematic of the economic importance of Saudi Arabia, the British government has declared all UK flags should be...

The Government's Failure to Tackle Youth Unemployment is Ridiculous

James Morris | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Morris

Ordinarily, an impending election would whip politicians into a mad frenzy of desperately trying to rectify such a disaster; then things might actually change. Another good reason for young people to vote.

After U-Turns on U-Turns, the Government Must Now Honour Their Promise on Standardised Packaging of Tobacco

Luciana Berger | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Politics
Luciana Berger

Why has it taken so long for the Government to reach this point? It has been years since the idea was first proposed and it was almost a year ago that MPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of it. In that time, over 200,000 children would have smoked their first cigarette - the delay is inexcusable.

What Happened to David Cameron's 'Big Society'?

Caroline Slocock | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Politics
Caroline Slocock

David Cameron, launching the initiative in 2010, said "Today is the start of a deep, serious reform agenda to take power away from politicians and give it to people.' Today, references to the Big Society have been largely erased from the Government's website. The Prime Minister no longer talks about his big idea...

We Need to Get a Tighter Grip on National Infrastructure Costs - After All Consumers Will Be Picking Up Most of the Tab

Richard Lloyd | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK Politics
Richard Lloyd

Many of us have noticed the impact of rising household bills like energy. New private spending on infrastructure will push bills up further, and not enough is being done to make sure it's affordable or this money is being invested as cost-effectively as possible.

Cameron's Proposed 'Snapchat' Ban Would Sign Us Up To This Dubious Club

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Tech

The ultra-authoritarian government in Beijing has announced a sweeping crackdown on private social media messaging in a haunting echo of our own Prime...

Our Blueprint for the Next Government to Save Young People From the Physical Inactivity Crisis

Baroness Sue Campbell | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Politics
Baroness Sue Campbell

The latest data shows around four in five children do not do enough daily physical activity to keep healthy. While most people, quite rightly, associate lack of activity with a decline in physical health and an increase in obesity, fewer people are aware of a wider, often hidden, consequence; that inactivity affects a child's ability to succeed at school and in life.

Should You Be Worried About The Snoopers' Charter? Use Our Handy Flowchart To Find Out!

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK Comedy

David Cameron is vowing to revive the 'snoopers' charter' if he's re-elected in May. But should you be worried about this measure, which will make it ...

Government Responds To Attack On Our Freedoms With New Plans To Curtail Our Freedoms

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Comedy

David Cameron today vowed to give security services more powers to curtail Britons' freedom in response to the latest terrorist attack on our freedom....

We've Carried Out Our Own Medical Report On The NHS...

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Comedy

We've carried out our own medical report on the NHS. And it's not looking good... (Made for HuffPost UK Comedy by David Schneider, Stephen Gran...

The UK in 2015: The Year of Living Dangerously

Gavin Devine | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK Politics
Gavin Devine

So that's what 2015 holds in store. It won't all be bad, far from it, but there will be a lot of uncertainty , nervousness and hesitation. And a choice in May which might be characterised as being between a party that risks being bad for the economy in the short-term and one that runs that risk for the long-term. Not much of a choice, really. Happy New Year!

Red Tape Continues Strangling the Economy

John Coldicutt | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK Politics
John Coldicutt

The £10 billion government has saved businesses over the past four years is a great start but if it doesn't do more to cut red tape for British SMEs, it's only a matter of time before we dip straight back into recession.

Government Awards £1.7billion Handout to Energy Companies

Jimmy Aldridge | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK Politics
Jimmy Aldridge

With budgets so tight we need to be very selective about how money is spent. Policies that contradict each other and fail to deliver genuine solutions come at a cost. Rather than handing out subsidies to polluting power stations we should be creating investment and job opportunities in the technologies of the future.

What Is the Government Doing to Make Housing Affordable?

Matt Hutchinson | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK Politics
Matt Hutchinson

As May's General Election fast approaches politicians need to take note. With over nine million renters in the UK, policy needs to reflect their needs but, historically, parties have chosen to target older voters and homeowners.

'Judge Me On My Record,' Says David Cameron. So We Did...

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Comedy

"I want to be judged," David Cameron told Andrew Marr on his Sunday show. "I'm very happy to be judged on the record that I have as Prime Minister ov...

Maggie Thatcher Hated Your Sex Toys

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 31.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

It's not the most pleasant image to conjure in your mind while you have your lunch - Margaret Thatcher and dildos - however documents have revealed th...

Bad Work Is Worse Than No Work, So Why Should Unemployed People Take Any Job?

Nick Stephenson | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK
Nick Stephenson

If we want the kind of economy and country where all are empowered to make the most of their careers and lives, and where the needs of the many are prioritised over those of the few, we need to understand the real story behind the coalition 'recovery'.

Mind the Gap

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

European funding might not be a regular topic of conversation over your breakfast table or in the pub. But when you look closely there are European funded projects all around us. In a region like the North East cash from the European Union (EU) is absolutely vital.

The Apprentice 2015: Guess Who Next Year's Contestants Are?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK Comedy

We get an exclusive look at the contestants who'll be in Alan Sugar's firing line next year... (Video made for HuffPost UK Comedy by Amanda Wilkie,...

Decades of Not Understanding Mental Health Has Left Too Many Unhelped - But We Are Getting There

Norman Lamb | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK Politics
Norman Lamb

There is a welcome change happening in the way we talk about mental health and the amount we are talking about it. The stigma of mental health problems is still stubbornly there but I see so many reasons to be positive because things are changing. Yes, we need to go faster and decades of not understanding enough about mental health has meant too many people haven't been helped. But we are getting there, changing attitudes and revolutionising a system set up solely for physical health.

'Foreign Fighters': Different European Responses to the Same Threat

Tanya Silverman | Posted 06.12.2014 | UK Politics
Tanya Silverman

Many communities that foreign fighters come from have a troubled relationship with the police and a mistrust of the government. In response to this there have also been a number of civil society-led hotlines to report prospective travellers without the need to involve law enforcement.

Why It's Time to Destroy Parliament

Adam Hamdy | Posted 06.12.2014 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

In return for so little power we elect a small group of people who often have no expertise in government to run a country. In no other field of endeavour would we allow someone with no experience to take control of something so important.

George Osborne's Autumn Statement - The Key Points

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Comedy

Thanks to our parliamentary advisors Robin Flavell, Stephen Grant, Handface and David Beresford for this summary of the chancellor's autumn statement ...

Changing the Future for Those With Disabilities

Dominic Haslam | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK
Dominic Haslam

Of the billion people worldwide who have a disability, the vast majority live in developing countries. People with disabilities represent some of the most excluded of all groups in the community. They are less likely to have access to healthcare and education, and in turn find making a livelihood and escaping poverty that much more difficult, if not impossible.

Can You Spot George Osborne's Autumn Statement Face?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Comedy

Hard to know where on the scale George Osborne was during today's Autumn Statement, though we're erring towards 'Repugnant'... Thanks to @Quant...