The Greens Didn't Only Win In Brighton, They Also Share A Victory In Oxfordshire

Ian Middleton | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Politics
Ian Middleton

As our electoral mechanisms continue to stutter and jam, we're likely to find that administrations will be based on proportionality in practice if not in theory. Until we finally embrace and encapsulate that process at the ballot box, we'll have to rely on such ad hoc arrangements as we've seen can be effective in West Oxfordshire.

Tactical Voting Is Poor Democracy But It's All We Have Right Now

Ian Middleton | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Politics
Ian Middleton

I do that out of pragmatism and the hope that this may knock away at least part of a Tory majority that I feel will be ruinous for this country. It's not a choice I relish, neither is it a choice I want, but in the current ridiculous state of British electoral mechanics, it's the only choice I have left.

The Tories' Election Campaign: Empty Rhetoric Repeated Ad Nauseam

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

We must hope that the British electorate is sophisticated enough to see through the empty xenophobic rhetoric of the Tories, and to embrace the alternative, and with it hope for a better future for all.

Corbyn Is Wrong To Instruct Labour's MPs To Vote To Trigger Article 50

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 29.01.2017 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

Jeremy Corbyn wants this government to listen to his concerns regarding "jobs, security, economic rights, justice", yes indeed. Now put the maximum pressure on the government by allowing your MPs to have a free vote on this vital issue that will shape Britain's future for generations to come.

Corbyn Is Right On Bosses' Pay: A Maximum Of 20 Times The Wage Of Their Lowest-Paid Worker

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

Fairness and justice are the pillars on which successful, happy societies are built. The present system that siphons so much wealth to the top 1% to the impoverishment of the rest is not fair, nor just. Failure to take action will result in the whole of society becoming poorer. Jeremy Corbyn is spot on; salaries of company bosses should be no more than 20 times the wage of its lowest-paid worker.

Repair-Not-Replace, Good for Your Pocket and Good for the Environment

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK
Adnan Al-Daini

Recently the back bumper on my car sustained a few cracks as a result of a minor accident. I took the car to the dealer's garage. I was told that the bumper needed to be replaced at an extortionate cost. Not only that but also the car had to be taken to another city for that to be done. I said I would think about it.

Britain's Electoral System Is Broken and In Need of Serious Reform

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 30.05.2016 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

I have always believed, perhaps naively, that in a democracy, if a system is shown to be manifestly unjust and unfair, then those who have the power to address the problem will respond positively. Action will then follow to address the grievance. Alas, this often is not the case.

Labour Pains: Giving Birth to a New Politics

Indra Adnan | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Politics
Indra Adnan

Hours to go and I can feel the adrenaline kicking in. Whatever happens on polling day, the General Election 2015 has been chaotic. The growing complexity of British politics, signalled by the appearance of seven leaders in the leadership debate compared to four last time, has not led to a better quality of discussion or engagement with the voters, but higher degrees of posturing and spinning against the storm.

Votes for Animals - Okay?

Joe Duckworth | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK
Joe Duckworth

There's something exciting about seeing people getting passionate about politics, and enthused about animals. On Thursday, I witnessed both those things in equal measure, and it was great!

Dads on Parental Leave Is #GoodBusiness Says Digital Ad Campaign

Anita Nayyar | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Parents
Anita Nayyar

With exactly a month to go until the general election, The Equality Movement, a clandestine collective of advertisers making noise about issues that matter' are launching an ad campaign for gender equality called #BadBusiness.

Imagining a World Without the Greens

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

It would appear the powers that be want you to imagine a future without the Greens. This is the future the BBC is prefiguring with its decision to exclude us from the election debates. By doing so, they create a self-fulfilling prophecy: Greens are not a serious electoral option and our contribution therefore means nothing.

Ukip Can't Turn Back the Clock

Bob Morgan | Posted 10.01.2015 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

Ukip will ultimately disappoint (because all parties do in the end) - at the moment Ukip are many things to their supporters - an alternative to the establishment, a 'friend' to the ordinary man... In reality they promise little more than wanting us out of the EU even though we appear to be doing well whilst in Europe with a growing UK economy.

Stitch on the Black Triangles and Be Done With It!

Rob McDowall | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Politics
Rob McDowall

Vilification of benefit claimants and disabled people is endemic, perhaps the government should just stitch on the black triangles and be done with it or bring in the Welfare Games to keep us at a more manageable number and remind us how grateful we are for all the 'pitty money' (in Simon Stevens words) that we get.

Our Dysfunctional World of War and Poverty

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

As a species we have tremendous talents. Our scientific achievements are incredible; our advances in medicine and technology are stunning. Our social development however is still almost at Stone Age level.

Climate Change, Accept the Science and Act

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK
Adnan Al-Daini

It is high time we accepted the science - climate change is real and man-made - and started to implement energy saving measures in everything we do. We need to embrace renewable energy and in so doing drastically cut our emissions of greenhouse gases.

Jesus and Mo Go to Westminster

James O'Malley | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Politics
James O'Malley

There's a bit of a flap taking place on Twitter today over a tweet and the resulting petition by the Liberal Democrat candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn, Maajid Nawaz -- who also happens to be the Chairman of the anti-extremism organisation, the Quilliam Foundation. What did he tweet? Prepare your outrage...

Should Women Should Ask Men How Much They Earn?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 04.10.2013 | UK Politics

Women should ask male colleagues how much they earn to see if they are receiving equal pay, women and equalities minister Jo Swinson has said. Swi...

Why the People Want Ukip and the Luvvies Don't Get It

Godfrey Bloom | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Politics
Godfrey Bloom

The reason Ukip is now polling a consistent average in by-elections since May (23.6%) is admittedly a fascinating phenomenon... Those in the metropolitan élite bubble, who graze on sun-dried tomatoes, pasta and chardonnay are struggling with this. Why won't this beastly party of amateurs go away? It's now beyond a joke... People are turning to Ukip because no one else seems to understand the frustration ordinary working folk are feeling.

Lib Dems Brace for a Glasgow Kiss at Party Conference

The Conversation UK | Posted 16.11.2013 | UK Politics
The Conversation UK

While the leader will almost certainly survive into the next parliament it seems likely that his party will suffer significant losses unless the conference in Glasgow can begin develop a distinctive and consistent platform of policies on which to fight the next election.

Very Little Is Being Done to Protect Society From Another Economic Crash

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 05.10.2013 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

Our government, using hundreds of billions of pounds of our taxes, rescued the banks from collapse. Have they got the guts to do what is required to save us from the next collapse? I am not holding my breath.

RBS And Lloyds ‘Crucifying' Customers

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 01.08.2013 | UK Politics

Vince Cable has received a stark report from his business adviser documenting businesses that have suffered from abusive banking support from governme...

Democracy: Politicians Should Put Their Money Where Their Mouths Are

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 12.07.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Ehrlich

For a democracy to work there has to be a way to hold politicians to their words. That has long been the job of elections. If one party doesn't do the people's will, throw them out and elect another.

Restoring Democracy, Order UKIP's Growing Appeal

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 06.07.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Ehrlich

The rise of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) is an expression of frustration with the establishment political parties in not creating jobs, ceding home rule to the European Union while fostering growing disorder in large sections of the population.

Met Police To Probe Lib Dem Peer Over Sexual Harassment

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.04.2013 | UK

Scotland Yard has launched an investigation into allegations that a Lib Dem peer sexually harassed activists. The force said officers have looked i...

Why I Support Nick Clegg

Bob Morgan | Posted 29.11.2012 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats have come in for an enormous amount of criticism for a broken pledge - for going into Coalition with the Conservatives - for making cuts and, it seems, for being the cause of all the world's problems - in spite of all this I support Nick Clegg.