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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...

Are Governments in a "Leap-Frog Race" on Business and Human Rights?

Eniko Horvath | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK
Eniko Horvath

When we recently contacted over 100 governments with questions on their actions on business and human rights, more than a dozen said that they are considering or developing a National Action Plan, including Brazil, Germany and the US.

Housing Crisis Goes to the Heart of Westminster

David Orr | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Politics
David Orr

This is not a series of individual failures. This is a structural economic failure which is resulting in acute human misery and frustration. It is limiting our prospects for sustained economic growth. It is a failure of politics and government.

Britain's Housing Crisis - The Brownfield Solution?

Simon Thomas | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Thomas

As the May general election looms, housing remains a key issue over which the different political parties will scrap it out until the polls close. Of course they'll all promise the earth, offering to solve the UK's housing shortage with inflated numbers of how many houses they expect to build, but in reality how many of these much needed new homes will ever get off the ground?

The Three Mega-trends That Prove the War on Carbon Is Being Won

Jeremy Leggett | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK
Jeremy Leggett

I have a dream. It involves climate negotiators. They are bleary-eyed, exhausted, but happy. Nestled inside some grey building in the heart of Paris, they are weeping with relief at the result of all-night negotiations that leave climate campaigners like me elated, and the carbon-fuel lobbyists staring into the abyss, desolated.

The Battle Over Career Guidance: The Slowest Gunfight in Political History?

Tristram Hooley | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK
Tristram Hooley

Tristram Hunt is firing the latest shots in one of the slowest running political gunfights ever conducted. Early shots were fired by John Major's government in the early 1990s when they privatised the careers service.

Should We Allow Engineering to be Rebranded?

Yetunde Adediran | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Tech
Yetunde Adediran

Engineering educators must utilise young peoples' passion, interest, and reach out, to their dreams by means of diversifying and inspiring engineering to the next generation of engineers and scientists.

Inequality: Let's Get Creative

Thomas Kemp | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Kemp

Inequality is everywhere at the moment. Scarcely a day goes by without a new take on an age-old story. Inevitably, much of this has focused around money - the super rich, multinationals, bonuses, the wage gap, housing, Swiss bank accounts, tax - all have been under the media spotlight in articles that generate anger and jealousy in equal measure.

Can Governments Deliver a Fairytale Ending for All?

Helen Morton | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK
Helen Morton

That people's outcomes in life shouldn't be determined by their income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, disability or geography is a truly transformative notion that could shift the course of global development - for good. But it's also a tall order.

The Urbanisation of London - Who Is It for?

Tristen Lee | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK
Tristen Lee

Not only are developers ruining London for the people who actually live here, the development of HS2 is going to destroy some of Britain's most idyllic countryside, all for a train line that many will not be able to afford to travel on.

I Abhor the Neoliberal Ideology Which Prizes Wealth Creation and Individualism - So I Became an Entrepreneur

Georgia Elander | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Georgia Elander

The political establishment's attachment to wealth creation and private profit will do this country no good, and I welcome the growing tide of opposition.

Why Robert Downey Jr Is Ruining Britain

David Fearnhead | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK
David Fearnhead

I don't want to live in a world where Robert Downey Jr going grocery shopping is news, and I'm pretty sure Robert Downey Jr doesn't either. In fact I know he doesn't because he openly mocked the story on his own Facebook page, thus ensuring the story was reposted 1500 times in less than an hour. It's now over the 6,600 mark in shares

Warning: You Can't Unsee This

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Comedy

We're so, so sorry you can't unsee this... (Video made for HuffPost UK Comedy by Handface and David Schneider, featuring Jess Robinson.) ...

'It's Time Britain Had A Pay Rise,' Says David Cameron. He's Not Wrong...

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Comedy

The prime minister recently declared that Britain needs a pay rise. We completely agree... (By Andrea Mann and David Beresford) ...

Britain, a Nation of Entrepreneurs

Stephen Fear | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK
Stephen Fear

As we approach the UK General Election it is obvious that possibly for the first time ever, most, if not all, of the main political parties accept that the creation of wealth through free enterprise is the only real way toward general prosperity.

You Can't Be an Apprenticeship Champion Without Championing Business!

Charlie Mullins | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

Over the past five years the business community has, with the help of subtle assistance from the government, arrived at a point where it can afford to invest in the future. However should Ed Miliband move into Number 10 those conditions would disappear, along with the apprenticeship revival.

Students - The General Election's Forgotten Force

Mel Ramsay | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Mel Ramsay

Students should not be written off at this General Election. More needs to be done to encourage active participation but it is encouraging to see they want to engage. We hope more will follow in our footsteps at Staffordshire University and launch their own General Election campaigns, to mobilise their students and encourage them to have their say in May.

Giving Away Homes Would Be Bonkers

David Orr | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK Politics
David Orr

If you are an avid reader of the Daily Telegraph or Times you will be aware that there is a new round of speculation that some of our politicians are interested in extending the Right to Buy to housing associations... If there is a serious proposal to legislate again, it will fail again. And here's why.

Scottish Takeover

Dale Bilson | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK Politics
Dale Bilson

On 18 September, the people of Scotland voted against independence. The Scottish National Party (SNP), created in 1934 with independence as its central goal, had lost. Yet just five months later, they are now positioned as one of the big potential winners in May's UK General Election.

Why we Need to Revolutionise our Study of Cities

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Tech
Dirk Jan van den Berg

One of the key questions academics face with this agenda is whether there are limits we will have to heed with urbanisation. Or in other words, can the expansion of cities be a linear scaling driven by the number its inhabitants.

Why We Protested Against G4S

Zarah Sultana | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Zarah Sultana

Evidently, G4S has an extensive history of scandals and its disregard for human rights is becoming increasingly transparent. To bring that reality a little closer into the public's view, we decided to briefly "shut s**t down" a busy central London road on Tuesday morning.

Being Black and Brown in Britain

Joshua Virasami | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK
Joshua Virasami

Racism, the point where power meets prejudice, is something we shy away from discussing in Britain, but it is a lived reality for millions on a day-to-day basis, a one-way stream of continued offense on varying scales.

More Historical Child Sex Abuse Files Unearthed In Whitehall

PA | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK

Four more files relating to historical child sex abuse have been unearthed in the Whitehall archives, the Cabinet Office has disclosed. The documents ...

One Million Older People Live in Non-decent Homes

Phil Buckle | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK
Phil Buckle

These people are some of society's most vulnerable, and yet they are living in homes that are not warm enough, do not contain modern facilities or are in a general state of disrepair. The chances of getting ill or having an accident are huge.

New Grammar Test For 11-Year-Olds Unveiled

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Comedy

Following the Education Secretary's announcement that new maths and grammar tests will be introduced for 11-year-olds, HuffPost UK Comedy can exclusiv...