Opposition Politics: New Questions, Old Answers

Daniel Curtis | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Daniel Curtis

If there is a hope of removing the Conservatives from power, it lies in a party seizing the mantle of Opposition, with a capital O, not lower case: to oppose is critical, certainly. But to win faith and trust, they must propose a way forward, not simply look to their past.

An Open Letter to the Labour Party About Unity - From a Labour Party Member

Euan Healey | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Politics
Euan Healey

I joined the Labour Party around a year ago. I joined to shape the Labour Party into the organisation that I want it to become, the organisation that I think I could vote for - and the organisation that could win general elections, to do right by the people of this country. A year on, I do not see this party as one that I want to be part of.

Five Horrible Tory Policies Shut Down by Corbyn's Labour

Matt Monk | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Monk

What is striking though, is the effect that strong, left-wing leadership has had on the current Conservative Government's policies. They have been forced to change their anti-worker policies in reaction to the strong criticism from The Labour Party. Here's five horrific policies that would have passed without people voting Labour.

Under Attack From a Beige Establishment: Why the Green Party Are Now a Major Political Force

Karl Davis | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK Politics
Karl Davis

The Green Party have a duty to continue to provide for the nation a fresh, fair and radical alternative to the 'business as usual' establishment, just as media chiefs from the BBC, ITV, SKY et al have a duty to promote and encourage a wide, engaging and relevant debate involving those extended the right to vote and elect.

Venezuela Peace Talks Reflect the Further Isolation of the US in Latin America

Dr Francisco Dominguez | Posted 15.06.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Francisco Dominguez

The peace talks now underway in Venezuela to end the wave of violence that has the explicit aim of "The Ousting" of the elected government are a tremendous step forward for all who wish to see an end to violence...

Six Ways to Turn the Country Around

William Davie | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
William Davie

A credible government needs a credible opposition. Only by having someone who can say "No. You are wrong, this is how we can do that better" can a government claim some legitimacy. It means that someone is keeping an eye on them. It's why dictatorships, usually remove all opposition. If there's no one to tell you you are wrong, you can do what you like.

Northern Ireland Loyalists Aren't British, They're Brutish

Brian John Spencer | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

Here's the problem. Not only is there is no political opposition against dysfunction in the Northern Ireland Assembly. There's also no civic opposition against dysfunction on the streets of Northern Ireland. The best and the moderates lack all conviction. The worst are full of riotous passion.

Mehdi Hasan

How 'Flat' Is The Labour Conference?

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 23.09.2013 | UK Politics

Flat. From MPs to delegates to lobbyists, not to mention news-hungry political journalists, that seems to be the most common word used to describe thi...

Why the Kremlin Jailed Navalny and Let Him Go (And Why It Won't Be for Long)

Patrick Reevell | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK Politics
Patrick Reevell

To everyone's surprise Alexei Navalny was released this afternoon, pending the results of his appeal. First interpretations are that the Russian gover...

Not Going to Take It Sitting Down

Mik Scarlet | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK Politics
Mik Scarlet

I am afraid that I have to tell you all that it's a difficult time to be disabled in the UK right now. Whatever the pros and cons of the current benefit reforms might be, the wildly contradicting reports and views from the media mean that those people who are personally effected by the changes are under a considerable amount of stress and worry about what the future might hold.

Egypt: Beyond 'Islamists' Vs 'Secularists', What Way Forward?

Myriam Francois-Cerrah | Posted 04.02.2013 | UK Politics
Myriam Francois-Cerrah

This ‎oft-repeated dichotomy of 'islamists vs seculars', masks real diversity in the motivations of ‎opponents to both the presidential decree and the hastily drafted constitution.

Russia's Opposition Must Make a Decision on Their Future

Tomas Hirst | Posted 20.05.2012 | UK Politics
Tomas Hirst

Now the euphoria of the protest movement in Russia is abating, the opposition must choose between pragmatic unity or a foothold approach.

Russia's Protest Movement Faces a Leadership Crisis

Tomas Hirst | Posted 13.05.2012 | UK Politics
Tomas Hirst

The stuttering of Russia's protest movement should be seen as a failure of leadership, not a reflection of Vladimir Putin's success.

Putin's Victory is Not Without Casualties

Tomas Hirst | Posted 05.05.2012 | UK Politics
Tomas Hirst

Following his victory in yesterday's presidential election Vladimir Putin gave a tearful, patriotic speech to supporters in central Moscow befitting the characterisation of his election campaign as a battle.

2012: The Year of Doom...For Youth Unemployment

Teresa Goncalves | Posted 17.03.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Teresa Goncalves

The number of 'old' graduates still looking for jobs remains worryingly high; I'll use myself as an example. I graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2009 and subsequently from LSE in 2010 having gone straight into a Masters because I was sure it was the only way to better my job prospects. Here I am...still looking.

Russia Rather Less United

Dr Rick Simon | Posted 07.02.2012 | UK Politics
Dr Rick Simon

Many Russians now believe oil money is used primarily to line the pockets of state officials. United Russia, which has earned itself the sobriquet of the 'party of swindlers and thieves', has suffered as a consequence.

US Rally Calls for Protection of Iranian dissidents

Hossein Abedini | Posted 05.11.2011 | UK
Hossein Abedini

In an effort to prevent a humanitarian disaster, thousands of Iranians held a rally outside the US State Department to call for the protection of 3,40...