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Dreams and Fairytales of Democracy

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

Growing up, I had a very simplistic view of the word 'democracy'. In history lessons, I'd learned about the past and how nations had been ruled by kings, queens or dictators. I was proud to live in a country where decisions weren't taken for us by one person, but where we the people could choose our own future. What an amazing, childish dream!

What Drives Your Cultural Prejudice?

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

"What drives your cultural prejudice?" The question, asked of me on Twitter by someone who I'd known growing up, surprised me somewhat. He'd spotted that I had just been elected as a UKIP MEP, and assumed therefore that I must have such prejudice.

Could It Be That a Bearded Man in a Dress Has Rekindled Europe's Appetite for Democracy?

Adrian Lovett | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Politics
Adrian Lovett

It has emerged that the winner of last weekend's Eurovision Song Contest, Austrian drag act Conchita Wurst, was not the choice of the elite juries that cast half the votes in the annual Euro-singathon. Instead, Wurst swept to victory thanks to the support of the public, who decided that behind the camp persona and hype there was actually quite a good song (at least, relative to the others). Conchita was the people's choice.

Nigel Farage's 'Will He, Won't He' Over Newark Shows UKIP's Contempt for the British Public

Catherine Bearder | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Politics
Catherine Bearder

Political commentators will churn up column inches debating whether he bottled it or not, and what impact this will have on Teflon Nigel. However, this debate misses the central point about UKIP - they hold the electorate in utter contempt.

Fools' Paradise or Nation State?

Sheila Lawlor | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK Politics
Sheila Lawlor

The European election campaign is now underway as EU member states prepare to go to the polls late in May to chose 751 MEPs for the European Parliament in Brussels. These MEPs do not sit in national blocs, but in political groupings.

Fight or Flight: Your New Weapons Against Airline Bullies

Jakub Kotan | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK
Jakub Kotan

Put the champagne on ice, because after a DECADE, you the passenger will finally have more power against airline bullies. Airline operators would rather eat their own feet with rusty cutlery, than clearly inform passengers about their rights to compensation for delayed or cancelled flights.

Five 'Barmy' Ukip MEPs Ditched After Nigel Farage Clearout

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Five of Ukip's MEPs will not stand for re-election in May as leader Nigel Farage launches a clearout of "extremist, nasty or barmy" views from the par...

Victory for Ukip Is Meaningless for Europe

Ben Acheson | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

Farage himself predicted an "earthquake" while other prominent right wingers envisage "the liberation from the European elite, the monster in Brussels". So are they correct? Their success would certainly send a shockwave across the continent but are we really about to find ourselves at the mercy of the most anti-EU, combatively euro-sceptic European Parliament to date? No.

Godfrey Bloom Was Just Awful On 'Have I Got News For You'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK

Godfrey 'Bongo Bongo' Bloom made his debut on Have I Got News For You last night, and it was everything you'd hoped and feared, and more. The MEP, ...

Nigel Farage Called 'Totalitarian' By Ukip's Former Deputy Leader

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 12.09.2013 | UK Politics

Mike Nattrass, the former deputy leader of Ukip, sensationally quit the party on Thursday evening in protest at Nigel Farage’s "totalitarian" leader...

Was Ukip Responsible For Cameron's Humiliating Commons Defeat On Syria?

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK Politics

Ukip was decisive in swinging the Commons vote against British military intervention in Syria, according to Nigel Farage. Appearing at a rally in ...

'Tories Are More Sexist Than Ukip'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK Politics

One of Ukip's top women candidates has defended the stream of politically incorrect comments from fellow party members, saying she encountered far wor...

Iranian Dissident Artist Commemorated in European Parliament

Abbas Rezai | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK Politics
Abbas Rezai

The paintings on display showcased the variety of Alivandi's techniques, including works which were done in a cubist style as well as his own unique pointillist techniques. The gallery ran for two days and was well received by a large audience from the European Parliament.

'Next Time, Why Don't You Discuss Stickers?'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK Politics

The European Parliament has hit back at the furore over a children's colouring book 'Mr and Mrs MEP', claiming it cost the EU less than €2,000 and p...

'Next Time, Why Don't You Discuss Stickers?'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK Politics

The European Parliament has hit back at the furore over a children's colouring book 'Mr and Mrs MEP', claiming it cost the EU less than €2,000 and p...

'Mr And Mrs MEP' Colouring Book Mocked For Sexism

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK Politics

At a time when the European Union seems to have lost any positive influence on the older generation, it's natural that it should turn its focus to the...

The UK is No Place for Fascists

William Davie | Posted 26.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
William Davie

The EDL claim that they are "defending" the English. But what does being English, or being British, mean? If you ask me, it is about more than just nationality, it is a state of mind, a state of being. If you believe that you are English, if you think of yourself as British, then as far as I'm concerned that's all you need.

UKIP MEP Admits 'Pausing For Some Zeds' During Brussels Debate

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 12.03.2013 | UK Politics

A UKIP MEP has admitted dozing off during a debate. Are EU debates that boring? Roger Helmer was snapped reclining in the European Parliament's ...

Ukip Champions the Working Class

Paul Nuttall | Posted 05.05.2013 | UK Politics
Paul Nuttall

Ukip opposes any kind of aspiration-killing policy, such as Labour's oft repeated dream of punitive taxation, because it does not drive people to want to better themselves, thus killing social mobility and innovation. Ukip wants people from all backgrounds to have the chance to be more socially mobile.

EU-US Trade Deal: An Opportunity We Must Not Miss

Catherine Bearder | Posted 29.04.2013 | UK Politics
Catherine Bearder

The US and EU accounts for almost half of global GDP and is worth a combined £393 billion a year, it's not a surprise the benefits of a trade deal are being realised and the feeling of optimism around the talks is palpable on both sides of the pond.

European Council Summit Ends With Unimpressive EU budget 2014-2020

Sir Graham Watson | Posted 11.02.2013 | UK Politics
Sir Graham Watson

It is the same old budget as before, nothing new or modern about it. Farming and structural funds are the name of the game. It is like the EU's leaders have lazily gone to the fridge, rummaged around for the same old budget they've been serving up for the last 50 years, warmed it up a bit and whacked it on a plate. Bon appétit, Europe.

Cameron Plays With Fire in Risking a Brexit

Sarah Ludford | Posted 25.03.2013 | UK Politics
Sarah Ludford

If there was any silver lining to the postponement of the speech, then it was the fact that circumstances meant he had to deliver it in London. It's about time that Conservative prime ministers (Churchill, Thatcher) stopped addressing foreign audiences about Britain's role in Europe and started delivering a few home truths to their British fellow citizens.

Lib Dem MEP Sparks Outrage Over Algeria Hostage Tweet

PA | Posted 30.01.2013 | UK Politics

Liberal Democrat MEP Graham Watson faced fierce criticism tonight after a tweet was sent from his account insinuating that Al-Qaida had won a victory ...

What Cameron Sows in Europe He Reaps

Denis MacShane | Posted 29.12.2012 | UK Politics
Denis MacShane

Labour MPs should support our MEP colleagues in saying that until the present right-wing anti-growth, anti-jobs ideology that controls Brussels is replaced by a more balanced politics the proposed budget settlement should be rejected.

Griffin Tells Gay Student To 'Get Over That Most People Find Two Men Kissing Creepy'

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 26.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Nick Griffin told a gay student homosexuals should "get over" the fact most heterosexual people find the sight of two men kissing "creepy." In an i...