UK Independence

New Appointments Further Increase IPSO's Dependence on Powerful Industry Figures

Martin Moore | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Politics
Martin Moore

In the last few weeks there have been significant developments in press regulation that have gone entirely unreported, despite the fact that they involve the most senior figures in the news industry, and despite that fact that they increase the dependence of the industry's new self-regulatory body, IPSO, on the major publishers.

The Death of Professor Ghulam Azam in Custody, a Fresh Wound for Bangladesh

Yasmin Khatun | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Politics
Yasmin Khatun

I wasn't quite sure how I should respond to the death of Professor Ghulam Azam, the name I remember from nearly two years when it was suggested to me that the International Crimes Tribunal of Bangladesh was set up to destroy the prominent figure...

Scotland Independence Referendum - The Aftermath

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

Through this referendum the voices of the Scots were heard, and they need to continue to be heard just as loudly in future. The people who are still hung-up on the result need to be mature and respectful and move on from it; but that doesn't mean that they shouldn't continue to fight for change in other ways.

The Wider Impact of Scotland's Referendum

Alexander Leivesley | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Politics
Alexander Leivesley

In the early hours of Friday morning, after a long, hard-fought, bitter campaign, it was confirmed that Scotland wanted to stay in the comfort zone of the Union.

Scotland Has the Chance to Take Control of its Destiny: Who Are We to Tell Them No?

Jack McSweeney | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Politics
Jack McSweeney

As far as the English people are concerned, a Scottish split ought to mobilise a much-needed look closer to home, where the skewed political and economic landscape of a London-centric England shows a growing need to address our own socio-economic problems. Perhaps the collected counties of Northern England ought to demand a similar referendum; try telling the average northerner that their voice is heard down in Westminster.

A No, a No, Our Kingdom Needs a No!

Brian John Spencer | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

If it's Scotland's pound, as Alex Salmond said, it's the people's Scotland. Let us stay together, all of us. Just as Britain is the product of collective endeavour, so Scotland is the product of the shared effort of these islands.

Patriot Games: In Defence of Britain

Tom Johnson | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Politics
Tom Johnson

Unless you've been living inside a black hole since the early 1990s, the allusions to the current referendum must be apparent. For as a child of Britain, unable to affect the potential break up of the United Kingdom on Thursday, the naïve response is to feel this is unfair...

Mehdi Hasan

England Cricketer Moeen Ali's Message To British Muslims: Don't Go And Fight For ISIS

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Politics

England cricket star Moeen Ali has urged young British Muslims thinking about joining the Islamic State (IS) terror group "not to go". Speaking ex...

The Flowering of Satire in the Caledonian Spring

Sara Sheridan | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK Politics
Sara Sheridan

Kevin Bridges joked at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last month that in the wake of the Referendum vote in Scotland it was as if the whole country was...

Why YouGov's Latest Opinion Poll still implies Scotland will vote 'No'

Dan Falvey | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Falvey

Yesterday's Scottish referendum poll conducted by YouGov has caused real panic amongst those supporting the better together campaign after the opinion...

Why 'Yes' Vote Would Be Great for Rest of the UK, As Well as Scotland

Natalie Bennett | Posted 02.11.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

Our support for a "yes" vote isn't just a matter of passively following the lead of the Scottish Green Party, nor is it even just our no-comprise respect for the principle of self-determination, the right of peoples to decide their own future. First, we see the exciting possibilities of a new state in Scotland. It's a country whose voters have never been neoliberal, never voted neoliberal, where active espousal of the privatisation, austerity agenda that's done so much to protect and enhance the position of the rich in our society has got the Tories to where they are today north of the border, which is nowhere at all.

Raising the Bar of Debate

Ashley Husband Powton | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ashley Husband Powton

Our decision on 18 September is one of the utmost importance. It is perhaps the most important political choice we will have the power to make in our lifetimes... some of the things we believe that this debate is not about; points which should no longer be allowed to dominate discussion and which can, at their worst, serve to obscure the true nature of the choice we are making.

Salmond and Darling: Who Has It Right on Scotland's Oil?

Johnny West | Posted 26.10.2014 | UK Politics
Johnny West

Darling's assertions that Salmond's claims about revenues from the North Sea are bullish are true. The last few weeks have seen a bewildering range of claims not just by the politicians but by experts who seem to have been drawn into both sides of the debate.

Is Iraq a Cold House for the Kurds

Gary Kent | Posted 06.09.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

It is becoming increasingly feasible that the Kurds will no longer remain in the cold house that Iraq again became and parts of which are now ablaze. The response to the yes or no question on independence is becoming a definite maybe.

Scottish Independence Referendum: The Final Countdown

Alistair Carmichael | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Politics
Alistair Carmichael

Many milestones have already been marked on the road to the independence referendum as our nation prepares to make a significant choice - almost certainly the most significant decision many of us will make in a lifetime. As we reach the 100 days to go mark, I see a marked shift in how people are viewing the crucial vote. Travelling around Scotland I have seen a growing appetite for debate and, alongside that, a continuing clamour for more information and facts.

Multicultural Britain 2.0 Is the Best Answer to Ukip: We Need to Learn How to Live at Ease With Our Diversity

Malory Nye | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Politics
Malory Nye

There have been many predictions that both the Conservatives and Labour will move to the right in the next year, out of fear of the impact of Ukip's anti-multiculturalism. I am not sure if this is the necessary and 'politically correct' route to ensure electoral success in 2015.

Thistles at Dawn

Rob McDowall | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK Politics
Rob McDowall

To my friends, family and foe it's no secret that I'm banging the drum for Independence and praying for a YES vote in just under 157 days, but one thing that needs to be said is that I am not an SNP supporter...

Independence: Why Scotland Is Facing the Same Political and Media Backlash as Somaliland

Awoowe Hamza | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK Politics
Awoowe Hamza

Perhaps both countries should be independent, perhaps they shouldn't. The arguments on both sides are very convincing for Scotland and Somaliland. But what should definitely happen is that an open debate should be held that considers this from all perspectives and that everyone remains true to the strongest pillar of democracy, the pillar that protects the right of self-determination of any people...

It Won't Be Politics as Usual If the Scots Go Their Own Way

Carl Thomson | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Politics
Carl Thomson

Despite the effected disinterest of some of their English MPs, the breakup of the union could shatter the Conservatives. After all, what would be the purpose of a right-wing party that can no longer uphold the most basic and fundamental tenant of conservatism - the preservation and continuation of the nation.

Can Scotland Inspire Kurdish Independence? Let's Leave Iraq!

Ruwayda Mustafah | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Politics
Ruwayda Mustafah

The Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has made little effort to mend Kurdish grievances, instead we are his puppets during elections. The more aggression he shows towards Kurdish people, the more support he is likely to receive from voters. We should stop being puppets in his orchestrated show and instead work towards independence.

Blurred Lines

Martyn Stewart | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Stewart

In a nutshell, it seemed to me that the women wanted to live a traditional life but have unrestricted leeway enabling them to be independent whenever or wherever they decide, regardless of any prior situation, circumstances or statements to the contrary.

We Need a Parliament and Constitution for the Whole Country, Not SNP and UKIP Delusion

David Miles | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
David Miles

Apart from 2014 being the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, the year Glasgow hosts the Commonwealth Games, and that Scotland plays host to the Ryder Cup, the vote on Scottish independence is also being held 100 years after the outbreak of the First World War.

Can You Find Kurdistan on a Map?

Ruwayda Mustafah | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ruwayda Mustafah

This picture was taken in the outskirts of Erbil city, Kurdistan. I was passing by a local café recently and decided to have tea with Gozleme, wh...

Why a Swiss Yes Could Lead to a Scottish No

Robin Lustig | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

My hunch is that, paradoxically, the Swiss Yes to immigration quotas makes a Scottish No to independence more likely. There'll be more warnings of the price to be paid for years of political uncertainty, potential instability and investor nervousness. Pro-independence campaigners will call it bullying; the anti-independence camp will call it setting out the facts.

The UK Is Not a Brand

Margaret Heffernan | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Politics
Margaret Heffernan

Everything from friendships to schools to art and love has been productized and marketized until we no longer have a ready language with which to describe or ascribe value that doesn't have a price. The philosopher Michael Sandel has written brilliantly and extensively on the subject, asking if there is anything left which we aren't willing to buy and sell. Safety? Justice? Freedom? Your children?