UK Government

Without The Ability To Hold The Government To Account For Their Safety Record There Is A Serious Risk That Soldiers' Lives Will Be Lost

Jocelyn Cockburn | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Politics
Jocelyn Cockburn

Soldiers are intentionally put in high risk situations and knowingly take risks to safeguard the lives of others. Human rights do not change this, however, Article 2 requires that when putting troops in danger the MoD must take reasonable steps to protect them from known risks to life.

Is A Cross-Party Commission The Best Way To Tackle The Care Crisis?

Stephen Burke | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK
Stephen Burke

There is a common refrain in the care sector: we need a cross-party commission/agreement to tackle the care crisis. There is (almost) consensus on t...

How The Home Affairs Select Committee Have Got It Wrong On Malia Bouattia

Rohan Natashka Kon | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Rohan Natashka Kon

As a Jewish student who has experienced online anti-Semitic abuse, the urgency of the report initially seemed comforting, a call for all those fighting against racism to stand united. Reading the report however, I was dismayed to detect severe shortcomings and underlying bias.

From Tipping Point To Solving The Care Crisis

Stephen Burke | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK
Stephen Burke

According to the Care Quality Commission's annual report, care is approaching a tipping point. But will it be the tipping point for sustainable change or for a complete collapse of the care system?

Six Steps The UK Can Take To Boost Innovation

Paul Sloane | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK
Paul Sloane

Theresa May has said that she wants the UK to be a world leader in free trade after Brexit. But what will we trade? The answer is new products and services - some of which do not exist today. Leaders innovate and in a world outside the EU the UK needs to be more innovative than ever before.

Digital Economy Bill: A Data Sharing Dunce

Renate Samson | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Politics
Renate Samson

We hope that the Committee scrutinising the Bill are brave enough to acknowledge that Part 5 is an old fashioned approach to a very modern problem. Rather than amend Part 5, we hope they send it back from where it came and push for a rewrite so that this legislation can be meaningful rather than meaningless.

Hello Darkness, My Old Friend

Greg Bennett | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Politics
Greg Bennett

The current government are too busy puffing up their chests and seeing how much they can get away with to come close to a coherent plan for Brexit. We need to get our foot in door and make sure they negotiate something that works best for us. After all, in a few years, it'll be us that has to fix it.

Demolitions Are Fast Approaching, But We Are No Closer To Reaching A Long-Term Solution In Calais

Clare Moseley | Posted 09.10.2016 | UK
Clare Moseley

With the planned demolitions beginning as early as mid-October now is the time to act. The UK must play its part to ensure sustainable and long-term solutions are in place for refugees, and that this humanitarian crisis does not worsen.

Amber Rudd's 'Out Of Tune' Changes To International Students Are Being Slammed By Unis

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 05.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education

The Chancellor of Birmingham University has hit back at Amber Rudd’s proposals to crackdown on student visas, saying the government is “out of tun...

Why Is Britain Confiscating Passports For The Syrian Regime?

Chris Doyle | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK
Chris Doyle

It appears that foreign powers, including those with the most appalling human rights records, can demand that passports of their citizens can be confiscated by foreign powers. The question is why is the British government going along with this? Amazingly enough despite all the heated condemnatory language, the British government has done just that on behalf of the Assad regime.

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?