UK Politicians

Why Do Politicians Bottle the Big Decisions?

Stuart Thomson | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Politics
Stuart Thomson

So why do politicians appear to bottle the difficult decisions? The easy answer is that they do not want to take a chance with paying the electoral consequences of such decisions. The balance between 'winners' and 'losers' would be such that any government taking the action would be punished at the next election, it is said.

Why the Judicial Hysteria That Followed the 2011 Riots Is Largely the Fault of Politicians

Michael Bond | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK
Michael Bond

In this case, it seems the judiciary went too far. It is surely questionable to factor into sentencing a febrile public mood, particularly when it is stoked by politicians and commentators peddling emotive and unscientific ideas about human behaviour.

Don't Judge, Mental Health Professionals Are Emphatic

Danny Bowman | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny Bowman

The many ideas of how to do your job right takes a hole new level when it comes to mental health. It has been easy to judge mental health nurses, doctors, phycologists or carers.

Sex, Lies and Scandal as Fiction and Fact Collide

Endeavour Press | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Politics
Endeavour Press

Blind eyes were turned when paedophile politicians, churchmen and lawyers were allegedly violating children... 'Inquiries were stopped because of potential political embarrassment. Major people with connections (in politics) were dropped out and people lower down carried the can.'

Why Europe's Universities Need 'Stress Testing' Even More Than the Banking Sector

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK Tech
Dirk Jan van den Berg

State funding is being cut, European universities are dropping down the international rankings and less research is being produced... Many European campuses are in very poor functional and physical condition... the time to act is now.

Dear Politicians, Your Photos Are Futile, Not Fabulous

James Morris | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
James Morris

In posing for a photograph with a member of the public, politicians want to try and prove that they definitely do not spend their time being taken out to dine in expensive restaurants by owners of multimillion pound companies who are desperate to avoid paying any more tax. But do they realise how stupid they make themselves look?

Obamacare: A British Man's Letter To The American Citizen

Karl Davis | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Politics
Karl Davis

Dear American Citizen, I write from the other side of the Atlantic. Our homelands are separated by a vast, malevolent body of water. Thousands of miles stand between us, yet still we share so many things, music, theatre, fashion, culture, history, high street stores and banking ties, and much more. Our military train together, and politicians lean on each other. We really aren't that different.

#ReleaseMoazzam

Yasmin Khatun | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Politics
Yasmin Khatun

British citizen Moazzam Begg, arrested awaiting charge - a man tortured and abused in Guantanamo bay, held there for three years with no found evidence has once again has been called a terrorist.

Can National Voter Registration Day Spark a Revitalisation of Politics

Alvin Carpio | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Politics
Alvin Carpio

Don't let politics die. Let this be the generation that recognises the value of politics as a change maker. Today marks one spark in what must be the revitalisation of politics. The health of our democracy depends on it.

Why Do We Pay Our Politicians Any Salary At All?

Mark Hillary | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Hillary

I was at the anti-World Cup protest in São Paulo last weekend and one placard in particular caught my eye, asking why half of the government can't be fired and the cash saved used for better schools and hospitals? This is a universal concern.

Are French Attitudes to Politicians' Private Lives Healthier?

Megan Hughes | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Hughes

If you've been reading the papers in Britain over the last couple of weeks, you've probably heard about Francois Hollande's turbulent private life. The French President's exploits have been reported, analysed, and subjected to the scrutiny of public opinion on a fantastic scale in the UK.

Beautiful Movements

Kimberly Wyatt | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Kimberly Wyatt

I continue doing my part to slay the Dragons of Mediocrity by being proactive. I concentrate my energy and thoughts on what I'm passionate about and try my best to help others along the way. I create opportunities for dancers while mentoring them along their journey. I wake up each morning, I get out of bed, and chase after my dreams.

A Letter to Santa

Jack Ingles | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Ingles

Dear Santa Claus, my name is Jack and I am 20 and ½ years old. I've been a really, really good boy this year. I've even been nice to my sister, even though she can be really annoying sometimes. There are just a few things I want this year so I hope you manage to get them all.

In Whom We Trust

Dr Steve McCabe | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Dr Steve McCabe

Currently I believe that what is urgently required is greater truth and integrity from those in whom we put our trust. The trouble is, the embedded culture of secrecy and obfuscation makes this objective extremely difficult to achieve. Moreover, simply increasing performance measures and targets will definitely not help.

If You Want My Vote, Tell Me A Story

Grant Feller | Posted 16.12.2013 | UK Politics
Grant Feller

Let's imagine for a moment there are two companies, bitter rivals, each with their own defined ethos and recognised team, and both with the same broad agendas - to sell their product, make money and steal customers away from the other. Let's call them Team Red and Team Blue...

Politicians Face Backlash Over Proposed £10,000 Salary Increase

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.07.2013 | UK Politics

MPs are braced for a major public backlash on Thursday when a deal that would see their pay soar by almost £10,000 is unveiled. The Independent Parli...

The Erosion of The Rule of Law 2

Hugh Salmon | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Hugh Salmon

Lots goes on that we can't do much about. And when I say 'we', I mean those of us who are 'normal'. For some people, including really quite lowly politicians and celebrities, are treated as 'special'. Their lives are led under different rules than the rest of us. Special people need special treatment.

Crime Is Falling - But Have We Noticed?

Simon Atkinson | Posted 06.07.2013 | UK Politics
Simon Atkinson

What does appear to be clear beyond reasonable doubt is that crime in this country is falling. It's falling in some other countries too, but the decline is particularly marked in Britain. Crime in England and Wales has halved since the 1990s, including an 8% fall in a single year.

Branding: Understanding The Importance of Trust

Hugh Salmon | Posted 23.06.2013 | UK
Hugh Salmon

In this sense, within the space of my career, marketing has gone from nothing to everything. That's some journey.

Do We Always Get the Politicians We Deserve?

Grainne Gillis | Posted 31.05.2013 | UK Politics
Grainne Gillis

Let me make it clear: I am not a Boris Johnson fan. For me, he is a sideshow act; although I do believe he is serious about having power. Having watched Eddie Mair eviscerate him on the Marr show the day before, I was curious to see him up close and personal.

Richard Nixon Turns Out to Be Even Worse Than We Thought

Will Black | Posted 22.05.2013 | UK Politics
Will Black

Nixon's case shows the lengths some politicians will go to seize and maintain power. As well as gaining and maintaining power by malicious and illegal means, Nixon has helped tarnish the reputation of politicians internationally. It is hard for modern politicians to claim integrity when people like Nixon make them look inherently devious, selfish and morally bankrupt. In a word - psychopathic.

Book Review of 'Commons People: MPs Are Human Too'

Michael Dugher | Posted 19.05.2013 | UK Politics
Michael Dugher

But in an era of continued cynicism about politicians, whose reputations nose-dived further after the MPs' expenses scandal of the last parliament, and at a time of falling participation in our democracy, Russell's book has a bigger objective than just trying to show politicians in a 'human' light.

Traditional Political Speak is Nonsense

Elliott Adair | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK Politics
Elliott Adair

Politicians are increasingly individuals who dwell in the political bubble away from the day to day struggles of ordinary families and speak a different language.

Education: Career Politicians Fail the Test Again

Hugh Salmon | Posted 16.04.2013 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

For how long will we say that our educational system is our country's greatest failing? It won't surprise you when I say for as long as our inadequate career politicians are in charge

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Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 25.01.2013 | UK

With the economy as frozen as our hands and feet, it's been a wintry week, with snow continuing to fall and another recession looming on our doorstep....