UK Legislation

Businesses Could Face Prosecution If They Fail To Cater To Gay Weddings

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK

Businesses risk breaking the law if they refuse to offer their services to gay couples getting married, the government's equality watchdog has said. ...

Why Smokers Must Be Shamed

Jemma Wayne | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jemma Wayne

People may be happy to be seen as a fun kind of tipsy at a party, but nobody wants to be a drunk-driver.... Playing with our own safety is something that must remain personal choice, but the second it endangers somebody else, anybody else, this is the time for the state, and society, to step in. Smoking anywhere in public must become as unacceptable as drink driving.

Should It Really Be Illegal to Smoke in a Car When You Have a Child in the Car? How Will It Be Enforced and What is Next?

Dr Nicholas M. Almond | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Nicholas M. Almond

Any sensible adult knows that one should not smoke around children and especially when one is in an enclosed space such as a car or even in the same room; however do we really need legal legislation for this? There are a number of issues that we need clarification on, but we also must ask how the police are going to enforce this law?

Storms on the Climate Horizon

Barry Gardiner | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Politics
Barry Gardiner

Science tells us that no particular adverse weather event either can or should be put down to climate change. That is just not the way climate change works. However, science also tells us that climate change will certainly bring an increase in both the frequency and severity of adverse weather events in general.

Gambling Bill's Regulatory Failings Highlighted in Lords Debate

Peter Howitt | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Howitt

Last week's committee stage debate in the House of Lords highlighted concern and confusion over the powers afforded to the Gambling Commission to regulate foreign operators, under the proposed Gambling Bill.

UK Should Follow New Zealand In Dealing With Legal Highs 'Epidemic'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

The Government and police are failing to get to grips with an "epidemic" of so-called legal highs and an overhaul of legislation is needed, a cross-pa...

Post-Warsaw, Why We Must Now Redouble Efforts to Secure a Global Climate Deal by 2015

Adam Matthews | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Adam Matthews

Warsaw revealed some serious divisions amongst groups of countries, and the language used became ever more heated. Indeed, the negotiations may well have raised the curtain on what will be some very difficult discussions when countries come forward with their 'contributions' from the end of next year.

What Price Justice?

Isaac Shaffer | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Isaac Shaffer

Legal aid is there to make sure that people can get justice even when they do not have the financial means to pay for it. It is based on the principle that the law should apply to all (and protect all) equally.

Locked Out: Why Modern Business Needs to Become More Inclusive

Andrew Millard | Posted 14.12.2013 | UK
Andrew Millard

From April 2015, the Government intends to introduce shared parental leave, allowing new parents to choose how they share a year's worth of leave after the birth of their child...

Why Buying Sex Is an Act of Violence

Gabriella Apicella | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Gabriella Apicella

If prostitution rates are to be brought down, and women made safer, the laws around prostitution must be changed. Even the "punters" themselves confessed during interviews for research conducted by Eaves that the most effective deterrents for them would be being added to the sex offender register, publicly identified, or time in prison.

As IPCC Launches Landmark Study, Is the Tide Turning on Tackling Climate Change?

Andrew Hammond | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK
Andrew Hammond

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released last Friday the most comprehensive ever study on global warming. The landmark report, prepared by more than 200 scientists over two years, concludes that global temperatures could rise by up to 4.8 Celsius (8.6 Fahrenheit) by the end of this century compared to pre-industrial levels, but could potentially still be held to 0.3 C (0.5 F) with deep, speedy cuts in emissions.

Henry VIII Rules, Not OK

Tony Ballard | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK Politics
Tony Ballard

Public service broadcasting in the UK is the result of some 90 years of deliberate and carefully considered policy. In the Communications Act, Parliament for the first time incorporated that policy comprehensively in legislation and set up the review and reporting process to support it.

Chile and Wales Lead Renewed Drive for Opt-Out Organ Donation Scheme

Ruth Green | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK
Ruth Green

While World Cup qualification is arguably the most prominent thing in most Chilean and Welsh people's minds right now, the two countries have another topic of conversation in common: organ donation.

The Problem with Dangerous Dogs in the UK

Louise Glazebrook | Posted 05.10.2013 | UK
Louise Glazebrook

When you read of incidents involving dogs attacking humans, adults or children in the newspaper or hear of it on the radio, that attack did not 'just happen'. Things lead to that exact moment in time where that dog took life into its own control. If you look at any of the dogs who have killed or attacked an adult or child and you were able to look at its lifespan, you would find numerous incidents and triggers.

Victims of Trafficking for Organ Removal Ignored as Global Kidney Trade Flourishes

Maria Grazia Giammarinaro | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK Politics
Maria Grazia Giammarinaro

The size of the global organ trafficking industry, which primarily engages in kidney transplants, remains unknown due to its clandestine nature. However, anecdotal evidence shows that it is clearly a multi-million dollar industry.

Scotland's Move to Protect Victims of Modern Slave Trade Is Model for the World

Maria Grazia Giammarinaro | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK Politics
Maria Grazia Giammarinaro

Last month, Scotland's police made a radical policy shift, announcing they would no longer seek to prosecute people brought to the UK to work against their will. This shift is crucial: a "victim focused" approach is needed, if we want to achieve better results in the fight against human trafficking.

A Queen's Speech for the People of Britain

Nadhim Zahawi | Posted 10.07.2013 | UK Politics
Nadhim Zahawi

For me it was a speech that showed that after three years in coalition our resolve to do what is right for this country has not left us, and whilst a Queen's Speech is not the place for economic and fiscal policy, it also showed that we are still committed to our central task.

Online Poker Choking in the Grey Fog of Legislative Uncertainty in Europe

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 21.06.2013 | UK Tech
Preetam Kaushik

A lack of a unified and sensible legislative framework is actively strangling the growth of online poker industry in many EU member countries.

Time for Bosses to Open Up on Mental Health

Mike Shaw | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Shaw

Unfortunately, there will always be levels of prejudice and discrimination against people with mental health problems, mostly unseen and untraceable. However, introducing legislation at least addresses the legally anomaly of mental health discrimination.

Models Are Dying to Be Thin and Teens Follow

Jan Shure | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jan Shure

Clothes generally photograph better on slim women, but the notion of "slim women" has been subverted by digital technology. The ability to elongate, remove cellulite and remove flesh and curves with clever tools like Photoshop has led to images of women that are unattainable.

The 85%

Jacob Greaves | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Politics
Jacob Greaves

The fact that denouncing gay rights and threatening freedoms can be such a rallying cry for mainstream politicians in modern Russia, says more about the country as a whole than the national parliament. As abhorrent as the views expressed by some of the pioneers of this bill are, they're still largely representative.

Engineering Skills - An Avoidable Threat to the UK's Prosperity and Security

Peter Luff | Posted 26.03.2013 | UK Politics
Peter Luff

In the 70s, 80s and 90s, engineering got a pretty bad press. The news was dominated by strikes and job losses and it's hardly surprising that the legacy of that time has had its impact on young people. But now engineering is one of the best paid and most secure careers a young person can choose.

India: United In Grief & Anger - Will This Be A Catalyst For Change?

Natalie Letch | Posted 01.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Natalie Letch

Why should a woman be blamed and 'punished' due to the way she dresses? Are these men saying that they lack any form of self control? Surely this speaks volumes about those men if they cannot resist their sexual urges - that is a simply ludicrous and pathetic excuse for committing such an offence towards a woman.

Why I'm Opposed to Criminalising the Purchase of Sex

Kate L. Gould | Posted 02.02.2013 | UK Politics
Kate L. Gould

The Member of the Scottish Parliament, Rhoda Grant, believes sex workers are imbeciles who should be denied the right to earn a living and subjected to state-sanctioned sexual assault to ensure that they comply with the dictates imposed upon their profession. Not that she puts it quite like that.

Bring on the Bonfire of the Red Tape - Don't Stop at Health & Safety Vince!

Charlie Mowat | Posted 15.12.2012 | UK
Charlie Mowat

If the government really wants to stimulate growth and give entrepreneurs the opportunities they need to bolster the economy, regulation needs to be relaxed right across the board. Reducing health and safety red tape for SMEs is a good start - let's hope TUPE is next on the list.