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A New Manifesto for the Tech Industry

John Davis | Posted 18.09.2014 | UK Tech
John Davis

The initiative from techUK with their manifesto that calls for the government to invest more in digital technology is essential to the development of the sector here in the UK. The manifesto urges politicians and policy-makers to recognise the critical significance of the global digital revolution.

Why Do 'They' Email Difficult News on Friday Afternoons?

Simon Stevens | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK
Simon Stevens

I am not sure if organisations send emails on Friday afternoons on purpose or not, or they understand the distressed this causes. While I can understand why they would do it, to give people the opportunity to calm down and reflect on the contents of the email, I do think it is cowardly and demonstrates a weakness because they are unable to properly defend their decision.

Government Ask For Help, Britain Rips The P***

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne laid down a challenge to the people of Great Britain today... What would you put on #yourpoundcoin? A favourite UK landmark? A great...

For the Future of Women's Sport, We Need Collaboration

Ruth Holdaway | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK Sport
Ruth Holdaway

If I get my job right, one day the Women's Sport and Fitness Foundation won't need to exist, because we'll have achieved full gender equity for the sector. That day isn't here yet, but we're working towards it and the partnerships and collaborations we form will help us get there.

Time to Meet the Challenges of Our Ageing Society

Paul Burstow | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Burstow

We are living through one of the biggest changes in human history, not just in Britain, globally too: we are living longer.

Politicians Should Be Chasing Wellbeing, Not Economic Growth, Says Parliamentary Group

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK

Politicians should focus more on the wellbeing of British citizens than chasing faster economic growth, a cross-party parliamentary group has said. ...

Nothing in Education Is More Important Than Reading

Nick Gibb | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Gibb

The 'Read On. Get On' campaign has an historic goal - to eliminate illiteracy. It may surprise some that in this country with its literary heritage, its leading universities, its Nobel laureates, its history and its world-class economy, that illiteracy should remain untamed and intractable. Yet one in five 11-year-olds are still leaving primary school struggling with the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic.

Retail's a Cracking Industry

simon baldwin | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK
simon baldwin

We are on the eve of an historical vote in Scotland. Whether yes or no, the future of the country will be different. Many have spoken of the effects the vote will have on the economy .... on the energy sector, on manufacturing, on farming, on financial services. Most recently, on tourism.

Joining Together to Defeat the 'Bedroom Tax' Should Just Be the Start for Labour and the Lib Dems

Mathew Hulbert | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK Politics
Mathew Hulbert

This was an all-too-rare case of Labour and the Liberal Democrats coming together to defeat the Conservatives... I think we may see more of these two parties working together before polling day in May next year.

More Jobs Is Not Enough

Alexandra Jones | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Politics
Alexandra Jones

Britain is rightly proud of its track record of job creation, but a successful 21st Century economy requires more. Ahead of the 2015 Election, it is time for all parties to face up to the changing face of the labour market, and set out their commitments to building a more sustainable, productive and robust economy that offers opportunities for all workers, and cities, throughout the UK.

The Clock Is Ticking for Unlicensed Private Investigators

Anthony Smith | Posted 04.09.2014 | UK
Anthony Smith

At the end of July last year Theresa May announced a "new system of regulation for private investigators to protect the public from unscrupulous activ...

Lucy Sherriff

Laughing Gas: Was The Government's Warning An Overreaction? | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education

More than 500,000 young people used laughing gas last year, which was the second most popular drug of 2013, prompting the government to release a warn...

Time for National Charity and VCS Bodies to Lead a National Discourse

John Tizard | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
John Tizard

These are going to be critical months for the voluntary and community sector (VCS) and charities more generally - and this is especially the case for the national sector bodies. It will also be a critical period for all of us and there needs to be an open debate about the future of society which these bodies can lead.

#LOL or #OMG? - MPs Spend 115 Days Tweeting in Just One Year

Mike Williams | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
Mike Williams

Between 29 July 2013 and 28 July 2014 MPs spent an astonishing 115+ days sending Tweets, posting a total of 426,406 original Tweets and re-Tweeting a further 292,025. That's without adding up the time that the 461 MPs on Twitter will have spent browsing the site. The question is whether this is a good or bad spend of our elected representatives' time?

A Simple Solution to the UK's Obesity Problem - 'Tax the Fat'

Benjamin Bonetti | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Benjamin Bonetti

As a therapist that specialises in weight loss, I've heard more excuses why people can't lose weight than a secondary school teacher asking for homework. Everything from I'm allergic to healthy food, to fruit and vegetables make me fat - and the finger seems to be always pointing at everyone else...

Greenpeace Accuse Government Of 'Botched Job' On Fracking Consultation

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK

The Government has been accused of using "misleading" information in a public consultation over new under-house fracking plans. Greenpeace claimed tha...

Andy Burnham, Save Our NHS!

Jake Hurfurt | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jake Hurfurt

There really is a problem in our NHS, and it has been made clear, much of the gloom in our NHS is down to Cameron's anti-democratic reorganisation... we cannot cut spending in a time where more and more people need our NHS. We must ensure the best possible care is available to everyone in our country, including social care and mental health provision.

Should Charities Be Lobbying Government?

Simon Stevens | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK
Simon Stevens

Over the last decade or two, it has been interestingly the fashion for many charities to consider themselves political 'think tanks' who believe they have the ability and indeed the responsibility to lobby governments on behalf of the people they claim to represent, particularly in the field of disability.

How Government and Lobbyists Work to Change the Planning Process

Michelle Thew | Posted 07.08.2014 | UK Politics
Michelle Thew

It is understandable that a commercial company will seek to harness the power of Government departments to its efforts. But should BIS and the Foreign Office be seeking to assist their effort to decide the planning application, especially when a Government minister will decide the appeal?

Baroness Warsi's Resignation Letter: A Translation

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Comedy

Dear Prime Minister Dear Prime Minister Who Hired Me To Make Himself Look Good For some weeks, in meeting and discussion, I have been open and h...

The Government Should Abandon Its Unlawful Legal Aid Residence Test Plan

Anita Hurrell | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Politics
Anita Hurrell

On 4 August 2014 a 'residence test' for legal aid was to be implemented by the government. If this policy had come into force, we would have had to ask that child to produce documentation to prove that she was a lawful resident in the UK... She may not have been able to do so, through no fault of her own.

Turns Out Everyone Loves Porn, Hates Porn Filters

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Tech

Ofcom has stumbled upon what must be one of the most un-shocking revelations about the human being which is: people love porn. The UK government im...

'Disturbing' Student Loans System At 'Tipping Point', MPs Warn

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education

The student loans system is at "tipping point" due to Government miscalculations and problems with collecting repayments, a cross-party group of MPs h...

We Must All Wake Up to the Challenge of Voter Registration, Before Its Too Late

Stephen Twigg | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen Twigg

Registration is key for voter turnout and is the basis for constituency boundaries. As a movement, we must all wake up to the challenge of voter registration as Councillors, MPs and activists, before it's too late.

Is It Time to Stop Talking About Transformation?

Julian Dobson | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Politics
Julian Dobson

There are words that have all the impact of a car alarm going off in the middle of the night. They scream at you, but most of the time they mean nothing. One such word is 'transformation'.