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Immigrant Crisis is an Opportunity to Right Some Wrongs

Simon Wallfisch | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK
Simon Wallfisch

If we only approach this crisis in a humane way, let people in, we will certainly find future national treasures. Strength of character; Strong will; Determination; Intelligence. These are welcome gifts to any employer.

Gavelling the Goals: Job done ... now the work begins

Helen Morton | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK
Helen Morton

The road from Rio, in June 2012, has been difficult to navigate. But it has also been creative, and, ultimately, constructive. We now have a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will shape how we view, and do, development for the coming decade and beyond. So, what are the wins?

I Dislike Jeremy Hunt Because...

Joe Ellis-Gage | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Politics
Joe Ellis-Gage

Jeremy talks a lot about seven day working in his speech. He seems to think that this is a new concept that nobody has thought about. He must be strolling around feeling rather proud of himself. Well I have news for you Mr Hunt... we already work weekends.

Tackling Taboos and Keeping Young People Safe: Why We Need Compulsory PSHE Now

Ashvini Rae | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ashvini Rae

We need get to past our squeamishness and talk about sex and relationships more openly in our society. If these topics are a taboo, sex education suffers and young people know less and less about the issues that directly affect them, which makes them less able to make good decisions for themselves and ultimately less safe.

Where Do the Lib Dems Go From Here?

Mark Oaten | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Oaten

As MPs head off for the summer break this week, one man with little time to rest will be newly-elected Lib Dem leader Tim Farron. No lazy days by a Tuscan pool, I'm afraid, as he has less than two months before his first party conference and a big test ahead as he leads the Lib Dem fightback.

The 'Struggle of Our Generation' Needs a Suitable Strategy for Our Generation - 'Prevent' In Its Current Form Sadly Isn't

Waqar Ahmad Ahmedi | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Politics
Waqar Ahmad Ahmedi

Mr Cameron's speech was never going to please everyone, but has made a good number of those he was reaching out to feel even more alienated.

New Postgraduate Support is Just Government Scheming

Rachel E. Brown | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rachel E. Brown

Postgraduate education in the UK remains a luxury most of us cannot afford. On the continent however, German and Swedish postgraduates continue to receive state funding and pay little to nil in course fees. In fact, a Masters is considered fairly standard if you went to university in these countries.

The Big Society Failed So Let's Join the 'Small Revolution' and Make This Country Lean!

Danny Bartlett | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Danny Bartlett

I recently organised a series of events at Wayra, Telefonica's digital accelerator, on what compelling solutions the UK's entrepreneurial community ha...

Government Housing Policy: A Step in the Right Direction to Solve Housing Crisis

Simon Thomas | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Thomas

So, here we are. After months of speculation, manifesto pledges, and - finally - the general election, the new government is in place, and their house...

Why Auntie ‎Matters

Gavin Devine | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
Gavin Devine

‎The BBC has many fans and many adversaries. Those who'd like to see it change include other media outlets, led by Sky and the Mail, and right-wing politicians who believe that Auntie is stuffed with Guardian-reading granola eaters (although it is always worth noting that some on the left see her as fundamentally reactionary).

PSHE: The Missing Link

Fiona Smith | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK
Fiona Smith

The UK is shockingly behind other developed countries in terms of children's health outcomes, with five more children dying per day than in Sweden. So many health issues facing our children are preventable - yet the Government has just cut £200 million from public health spending and with it many of the resources we need to educate children about their health.

Living on a Prayer: MPs Need to Make a Stand on Permitted Development Rights

Simon Pitkeathley | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Pitkeathley

In recent weeks, the Government has indicated it will be moving forward with far-reaching proposals to reform the planning system. 'Permitted Development Rights', as they are known, will make it easier for properties to be converted from office space to residential homes more easily.

Government reveals details of its posh wine cellar...yes, it has a wine cellar

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK Politics

Foreign dignitaries, ambassadors and government officials quaffed 5,516 bottles of wine from the Government’s exclusive booze cellar in the year to ...

A Sense of Direction: When Permanent Secretaries Object to Ministerial Decisions

Gavin Freeguard | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK Politics
Gavin Freeguard

Over the last few weeks, the government has published details of four 'ministerial directions' given by Secretaries of State to their permanent secretaries.

Disabled People Are Not the Property of the Government

Simon Stevens | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK
Simon Stevens

I refuse to be just a number and a prisoner of the government just because 'I am disabled', and my attitude makes me a free person. I merely want other sick and disabled people to escape the chains they have chosen for themselves, and become free to see their full potential as real users of services.

Bad Literacy Directly Affects People's Health And The Society As A Whole.

J.N. Paquet | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK
J.N. Paquet

Shouldn't the government make eliminating child illiteracy one of its priorities in order to achieve just that and to create a fairer modern society for all?

The Fox Hunting Ban - My Thoughts and How You Can Help.

Claire Lynch | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK Politics
Claire Lynch

If you're pro fox hunting, this is not an attack at you; our opinions may differ, but you are fully entitled to have, and hold onto your own. This post isn't about getting you to change your mind; it's just a call to those who may agree with me on the matter, who may want to do something proactive about the potential lift on the current fox hunting ban.

Time for the UK to Keep Its Promises on Global Tax Reform

Charlie Matthews | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK
Charlie Matthews

If Justine Greening was to change the UK's position on a global tax body, it would not only increase the chances of a successful agreement at Addis, but also generate a huge amount of goodwill which she could use to ensure greater progress on the UK's other priorities, such as gender equality.

It's Not Just the Foxes That Are Sly

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Politics
Philip Mansbridge

I shudder to think what will happen if these amendments pass on Wednesday. Our Government will have been the one to technically legislate for a return to cruelty. We cannot let them. It is wrong. At its very best, this is misrepresentation of the electorate, dirty play and a backward step for our progressive nation.

The Living Wage Will be an Economic Disaster for Britain

Sean Howlett | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Politics
Sean Howlett

Politicians and campaigners backed by special interest groups have long harped on about the 'Living Wage' and why businesses should be forced to start...

More Evidence That Welfare Dependence Can Be Reversed - From A Focused Chancellor!

Charlie Mullins | Posted 09.07.2015 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

This budget provides evidence not only of George Osborn's determination to transform the UK's high tax, high welfare economy into a more prosperous low tax, low welfare dependence one, but also of the real possibility that if we stick to a combination of push and pull policies, this once considered impossible outcome, can be achieved.

What Has the Chancellor Got Against Sexual Health?

Yusef Azad | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Politics
Yusef Azad

On the election of the Conservative Government in 2015 the Chancellor announced plans for further cuts to public expenditure. Yes, there would be cuts of £200million to the Department of Health budget but he assured us these cuts were to 'non-NHS spending'.

Islamophobia Will Not Make Us Safer?

Bob Morgan | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

More than that though - we should not encourage our leaders to stoke these tendencies in the name of being seen to do something. There are enough problems with some in the media who like to sell newspapers on the back of encouraging mistrust and division - we certainly don't need our political leaders making it worse - no matter how tough their job is right now.

Water Catastrophe - The Night There Wasn't Any Water Left In The Taps

A. Dassu | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK
A. Dassu

Next time I turn the news on and see a story about people living through a drought, or floods affecting people's houses and lives, I won't just feel sorry for them. I will understand a lot better what they must be going through and will pick up that phone and donate more and encourage everyone I know to do the same.

Getting Tough on Soft Skills

James Caan CBE | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK
James Caan CBE

It's not just about qualifications. It's not just about education or background. How do I know? Because I didn't excel in either of these areas - instead, I actually put my own success down to something called soft skills - the vital skills such as communication, teamwork and time management which everyone needs to succeed at work and beyond.