Mehdi Hasan

Mehdi's Minute: On Nigel Beating Up Nick, Punch and Judy at PMQs and Why Dave's Wild About Waitrose

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Do you want my alternative, semi-serious take on round two of the Nick vs Nigel debate over Europe, Dave and Ed slagging each other off at PMQs and the prime minister's affection for Waitrose and Ocado? Here's the political week in 60 seconds.

Why Does Nigel Farage Want Us to Follow the Lead of Countries That Are Smaller Than Bristol?

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

"If it is good enough for Iceland to do it," Nigel Farage remarked in the first of his two televised debates with Nick Clegg, "I'm damned certain the British with 64million can do even better." The Ukip leader was referring to a free trade agreement that the Icelandic government signed with China in April 2013, despite the tiny Nordic country not being a member of the EU.

Mehdi's Minute: On Nick Vs Nigel, Putin's New Friend, 'Weird' Ed Miliband and Kermit the Frog

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Do you want my alternative, semi-serious take on the Nick vs Nigel clash over Europe, Ed Miliband's 'weirdness' and Kermit the Frog's opposition to Scottish independence? Here's the political week in 60 seconds.

What I Might Have Said If I Had Been on Newsnight...

Myriam Francois-Cerrah | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Politics
Myriam Francois-Cerrah

The Muslim community is far from perfect, but our misrepresentation as ‎squabbling men who need reforming through those who have themselves rejected the faith is ‎palpably absurd. Who speaks for Muslims? How about the myriad Muslims doing the hard graft on ‎the ground.‎

The Questions Clegg Should Not Ask Farage Tonight

Harry Cooper | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Politics
Harry Cooper

The best thing to come out of the debate tonight for Clegg would be to not sound like the wet fish he normally does. And if he asks the questions that Mehdi Hasan has suggested, he may as well just give up now.

19 Questions Nick Clegg Should Ask Nigel Farage in LBC's Europe Debate

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

The deputy prime minister may be the underdog going into his live clash with the Ukip leader on the European Union, but he has proved himself handy at TV debates. Farage, on the other hand, claims not have prepared for these bouts - and is pretty poor when it comes to dealing with the detail.

Why Did Newsnight Drop Female Muslim From Panel Discussion On Islam?

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK

Lib Dem prospective parliamentary candidate Maajid Nawaz, who recently tweeted a cartoon of Jesus and the Prophet Mohammed, sparking a petition to hav...

For Our Most Powerful and Hypocritical Leaders, Crimes Are Those That Others Commit

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Is there a better case study in brazen hypocrisy than the ongoing crisis in Crimea? Not just on the part of the loathsome Vladimir Putin, who defends Syria's sovereignty while happily violating Ukraine's, but on the part of western governments, too.

Budget 2014: George Osborne's Chutzpah on Inequality

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

The chancellor said income inequality is falling.. and, astonishingly, he's right. But he can't take credit for it - oh, and it's about to start rising again. So why did Ed Miliband let him get away with it?

Mehdi's Minute Budget Special: On Growth Figures, Flood Defences, Magna Carta and New Pound Coins (VIDEO)

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Do you want my alternative, semi-serious take on Wednesday's Budget? My brief analysis of the growth figures and George Osborne's new pound coin? Here it is in 60 seconds.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: George's Big Budget Day

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Wednesday 19 March 2014... 1) GEORGE'S BIG BUDGET DAY Today, at 12:30pm, the chancellor of the exch...

Mehdi Hasan And Late, Great Tony Benn Debate Socialism (VIDEO)

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Like countless others, I was inspired and enthused by Tony Benn and his passion for politics. And I consider myself lucky to have appeared on telly with him. Once.

Mehdi's Minute: On Bob Crow's Death, Cameron's Visit to Israel and Nigel Farage's Private Life

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Do you want my alternative take on the reaction to Bob Crow's death; David Cameron's visit to Israel and meeting with Tony Blair; and the explosive allegations against Ukip leader Nigel Farage? Here's the political week in 60 seconds.

Mehdi's Minute: On Russia's Strong Man, Nick Vs Nigel and the Selfie That Broke Twitter

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Do you want my alternative take on the ongoing crisis in Ukraine; David Cameron on the phone; Nick Clegg vs Nigel Farage; and the selfie that broke Twitter? Would you like to see me attempt some Putin-esque chin-ups on camera, despite being totally unfit? Here's the political week in 60 seconds.

Beyond the Front Pages

Carla Buzasi | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK
Carla Buzasi

Whether you are celebrating Valentine's Day or not this year, it's certainly difficult to ignore. Of all the articles that have been written about the event, and we have certainly run our fair share on HuffPost UK, I don't believe there are any as poignant or heart wrenching as our blog from Guantanamo Bay resident Shaker Aamer.

Mehdi's Minute: On Michael Gove, Women Politicians and Wendi Deng

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Do you want my alternative take on Michael Gove's sacking of Baroness Morgan, Wendi Deng's note on Tony Blair, the lack of women in the Commons and the Ukip MEP who doesn't like mosques. Here's my review of the political week in 60 seconds.

Mehdi's Minute: On Taxing the Rich and Banker Bashing

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Do you want my alternative take on the UK's growth figures, the 50p tax row and the US venture capitalist who compared banker bashing to the Holocaust? Here's my review of the political week in 60 seconds...

Sharon: Defined in Five Key Punches

David Abrahams | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Politics
David Abrahams

Sharon was neither the devil nor the saviour depicted by opposing sides. He was brave, stubborn, frightening and extraordinary. In a world where modern politicians lack loyalty and backbone, he will leave a gap. What now for the region? Netanyahu is yet to prove himself a visionary.

British Muslims Should Stand Up And Say It: There Is Nothing Islamic About Child Marriage

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

For adult men to try to marry young girls is illegal and immoral. But British Muslims have a special responsibility: to make the case that there is nothing Islamic about underage marriage, either.

Russell Brand In Conversation With Mehdi Hasan

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Politics

Here's the full conversation between comedian, actor and activist Russell Brand and the HuffPost UK's Mehdi Hasan, which took place in East London on ...

'They All Go To The Same Parties'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK

When Russell Brand met Mehdi Hasan on Monday night, they played a word association game. So Mehdi asked Russ, at an event for HuffPost UK in London...

The Week That Was: Who's Listening?

Carla Buzasi | Posted 26.12.2013 | UK
Carla Buzasi

As Europe's leaders have learnt to their detriment, cross Angela Merkel at your peril. Perhaps someone should have sent that memo to Barack Obama. The president was left short of excuses this week as yet another embarrassing revelation was handed out by former US intelligence operative Edward Snowden. The Guardian continued their NSA exposes with the news that 35 world leaders, Germany's chancellor included, have unwittingly been chatting away on their phones with America listing in.

Fixing the UK Economy by Giving Everyone £6,000 Is an Absurd Idea

Harry Cooper | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Harry Cooper

Those who argue that QE in any form is a good idea are kidding themselves. And they are not just "discredited austerians" or "inflation hawks". There is not a single historical precedent of money-printing having ended well. Not one. It always ends in economic ruin. Always.

We Could Fix Our Economy by Giving Every Man, Woman and Child £6,000 in Cash

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

We have had a massive £375billion of quantative easing so far, which may have saved the financial sector but has done very little for the rest of us. That amounts to around £6,000 per man, woman and child in the UK. So why not electronically add this to the current accounts of every member of the public? Why not give the QE money directly to ordinary people to spend, save or pay off their debts?

Who Needs Tommy Robinson and the EDL, When Islamophobia Has Gone Mainstream?

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Look at the numbers. A Cardiff University study of 974 newspaper articles published about British Muslims between 2000 and 2008 found more than a quarter of them portrayed Islam as "dangerous, backward or irrational"; references to radical Muslims outnumbered references to moderate Muslims by 17 to one.