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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...

Teachers Launch War On Mediocre Government

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Comedy

UK teachers have vowed an "all-out war on mediocrity" in government. Under new powers, which will be unveiled in May, up to 303 'coasting' MPs coul...

What Stories Are Deemed Newsworthy and Why is this?

Phil Hall | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK
Phil Hall

Why do some stories generate pages of widespread coverage and other - equally newsworthy stories - receive little more than a brief mention? Many qu...

UK General Election 2015: The Outlook for SMEs

Juan Lobato | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK
Juan Lobato

With just 96 days (at the time of writing) until Britain heads to the polls, the general election campaigns have kicked off in earnest. Mainstream political parties are scrambling over each other to demonstrate their credentials in the hope of standing out...

Does Monbiot Ask Left to Break the Political Mould and Then Sit Down in the Pieces?

Mark Brewer | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Brewer

Monbiot is speaking to those of us who have, for some time, become disillusioned about the fact that any kind of drastic political reform (dare I say "revolution"?) seems impossible in this country. By pointing to reform of governmental bodies, tax reforms to a local-authority system, and the prevention on money-creation by private banks, Monbiot cooks up some tasty, Green morsels for the disillusioned left to digest.

Game of Thrones: Why the British Monarchy Must Go

Josh Marshall | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK
Josh Marshall

you might be thinking that in modern day, 2014, Britain, we've forgotten this feudal nonsense from the middle-ages! We've moved on Into a prosperous, egalitarian secularist society which rewards people based on merit!? Well we haven't!

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.