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How Governments and the Media Help Terrorism Be More Effective

Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK
Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia

The more effective the amplification of their barbaric acts, the more they will successfully undermine the liberal democratic model that they despise. And their determination to do just that is strong, resilient and long lasting.

Trump Is a Psychopath: American Democracy or Twilight Zone?

Mohadesa Najumi | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Politics
Mohadesa Najumi

I don't blame Americans for feeling that their elections are rigged. Pundits say that Trump is fuelled by anger, but it worries me even more that no one like Trump has ever got this far.

Balancing Life Chances - Balancing the Books

Michael Mercieca | Posted 22.07.2016 | UK Politics
Michael Mercieca

If Brexit is to be a new beginning, not the beginning of the end, then a radical reformation of education must be a part of the new Cabinet's thinking. I look forward to hearing more from the government in the coming weeks.

Shortcomings in UK Government Review of Flooding

Bob Ward | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Politics
Bob Ward

One of the most important decisions facing the new UK Government is how to implement the recommendations of the National Flood Resilience Review, which was scheduled to be published this week.

Labour: A Political Soap Opera

Jack Jenkins | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Politics
Jack Jenkins

The answer is they probably won't be able to and that in itself is a catastrophe. In such vitriolic times the country needs Parliament to function properly, especially with a government just entering its infancy, something it will not be able to do without a unified opposition. Labour needs to sort itself out and quickly, for the sake of us all.

Prime Minister May Must Restore Trust to Deliver a Better Deal for Consumers

Peter Vicary-Smith | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Politics
Peter Vicary-Smith

Recent research from Which? has highlighted peoples' fears over the economy. More than half of households expect it to get worse over the next 12 months, that's more than double a year ago.

The Government's EatWell Guide IS NOT Responsible for Diabetes and Obesity

Emer Delaney | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Emer Delaney

I must admit, I get increasingly frustrated with some of the reports I read in our papers these days. Take a recent article that appeared in The Daily...

Southern Rail: We the People Have Had Enough

Tom Walters | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK
Tom Walters

Eleven weeks have now passed and the delays, cancellations and severe overcrowding have continued. Commuters rocking forwards and backwards at the prospect of being late for work, missing client meetings or not making it back on time to put kids to bed.

No Matter How Unwittingly, No Business Should Support Slavery

Kevin Hyland OBE | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK
Kevin Hyland OBE

When we think of those who are behind the heinous crime of modern slavery, we imagine ruthless criminals - traffickers who manipulate, abuse and exploit their victims; slave masters who withhold wages while forcing employers to work in inconceivable conditions. This is an accurate picture. But we must keep in mind that business leaders, unaware though they may be, often play a part.

Petition For A Second EU Referendum Signed By 4 Million Has Been Rejected

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 09.07.2016 | UK

A petition for a second EU Referendum signed by more than four million people has been turned down by the Government. The petition was the biggest pos...

MPs, Sex and Early Action

David Robinson | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Politics
David Robinson

At the Conservative party leadership hustings on Monday evening Andrea Leadsom apparently referenced her work on developing a long-term and cross-part...

'Business As Usual' Is Not Good Enough for Carers

Beth Britton | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK
Beth Britton

That last point, which for many gets to the heart of why the ambitions for the Care Act aren't being realized, is certainly a fair reflection of the current climate. However, for me, finding solutions is as much about creativity as it is requests for more money. Carers do amazing work in their unpaid role, and as a society we need to show the same resolve in finding ways to support them.

An Open Letter to the Labour Party About Unity - From a Labour Party Member

Euan Healey | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Politics
Euan Healey

I joined the Labour Party around a year ago. I joined to shape the Labour Party into the organisation that I want it to become, the organisation that I think I could vote for - and the organisation that could win general elections, to do right by the people of this country. A year on, I do not see this party as one that I want to be part of.

Careers Advice in Schools Needs a Revolution: Let's Hope the Government Are on the Same Page

Tanja Kuveljic | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK
Tanja Kuveljic

Careers advice and work experience opportunities offered to young people as they progress through the school system have been ineffective for decades. With the issue receiving fragmented interest from successive Governments, schools have been ill equipped to provide the appropriate balance of guidance and experience that our young people need.

What Next for the Labour Party?

Euan Healey | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Politics
Euan Healey

It's the million voter question. But one that I doubt I'll be able to answer - especially given that the Labour Party itself is failing to be able to answer it, as Jeremy Corbyn has today announced that he will not resign even following the loss of a vote of confidence by 172 votes to 40.

Article 50 - Our Final Weapon

Resham Kotecha | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Politics
Resham Kotecha

We have a real opportunity to reform the EU and to ensure that democracy works to serve the people it is meant to, so long as we are courageous enough to face our uncertain future. Article 50 is the final weapon in our battle to reform the EU - and one I hope we never have to use.

The Academies Debate: Helping Parents to Understand What It Means for Their Children

Maz Deo | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Parents
Maz Deo

Academisation is important. It's vital for parents to understand the arguments for and against this and keep on top of how the Government wants to drive this change. But it's also important to see this in the context of the education world in general. We live in a world where change is common and that's especially true of our schools.

I Voted Leave, I'm Scared, And I Don't Know What Brexit Looks Like - But At Least We're Going in the Right Direction

Georgina Edwards | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Georgina Edwards

I'm not going to claim we're out of the woods yet; there's a long way to go till the fruits of independence are laid bare. For starters, we're certainly not going to be spending that phantom £350million anytime soon (if it even proves to exist). But seeing people write off a historic opportunity on the basis of one day's events is absolutely crackers.

Teaching Assistants' Pay: Why It's Anything But Fair

Anna-Christina Connelly | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Politics
Anna-Christina Connelly

I've been thinking a lot about teaching assistants this week. As my Twitter followers might know, I've been tweeting about the Durham TAs and following the striking Derby TAs and generally, reflecting upon how badly we treat our school support staff. As a former teaching assistant myself, they have my total support.

The Government Has Listened to Pharmacists, Now It Must Act to Safeguard Vital Services

Ian Strachan | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Politics
Ian Strachan

As those of you who read these blogs regularly will know, plans to cut pharmacy services by what might be anything up to a quarter threaten our sector...

Opening the Door to Social Mobility - Using Vocational Education as Its Lever

Mark Farrar | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK
Mark Farrar

Endless reports have referred to an imbalance in funding between higher education and vocational education and the traditional stigma that is associat...

Why I'm Asking Jeremy Hunt Not to Shut the NHS Door on My Son Matty

Nicholas Jones | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK
Nicholas Jones

A new or amended national policy is no doubt the correct formal answer, but time is absolutely essential to Matty so we are asking Jeremy Hunt in conjunction with NHS England to approve Matty's treatment without delay. This family, and I believe this nation, will hold Mr Hunt and NHS England for ever accountable if they close the door on Matty.

30 Hours Free Childcare Entitlement - Will You Get It?

Sam Gyimah | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK Politics
Sam Gyimah

Last year, we spent a record £5billion on this support, but we know that for some parents high childcare costs are still an issue. As parents, you will know how difficult families find weighing up the cost of returning to work or taking on more hours with the cost of childcare.

Three Ways the Public Sector Can Use Tech for Good

Ruth Shave | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Tech
Ruth Shave

The size and scale of the public sector means that we are only at the beginning of tech for good in government - there's a lot of room for public sector organisations, including local councils, to be smarter and leaner about how they spend money by using tech for good.

Shocking Student Mental Health Statistics in New Report

Lucy Roberts | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Roberts

Mental illness among students is at the highest it's been since 2007. *TRIGGER WARNING* In the last few days a shocking report has been published...