UK Politicians

Jack Straw, Malcolm Rifkind, Greedy Bankers - The Problem Starts With Us

Jon Young | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Politics
Jon Young

The key is to break money's link with status, or to remove the importance of status altogether. True happiness is achieved through introspection, gratitude, helping others and an acceptance of the world around us (see my previous blog). The greed and selfishness of accumulating wealth couldn't be further from achieving that.

Housing Crisis Goes to the Heart of Westminster

David Orr | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Politics
David Orr

This is not a series of individual failures. This is a structural economic failure which is resulting in acute human misery and frustration. It is limiting our prospects for sustained economic growth. It is a failure of politics and government.

Students - The General Election's Forgotten Force

Mel Ramsay | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Mel Ramsay

Students should not be written off at this General Election. More needs to be done to encourage active participation but it is encouraging to see they want to engage. We hope more will follow in our footsteps at Staffordshire University and launch their own General Election campaigns, to mobilise their students and encourage them to have their say in May.

Comedy and Politics - An Unlikely Combination?

Alistair Jones | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Comedy
Alistair Jones

Sometimes it appears as if political comedy has disappeared, at least with regard to 'high' politics. Interest in politics - especially that involving Westminster - has diminished significantly.

Christopher Salmon PCC for Powys Constabulary

Clive Norman | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK
Clive Norman

When I joined all those years back I was sure that the UK Police should be unarmed. Now I can hear the cogs whirring. Ah, but now having been shot and had colleagues and friends lose their lives, you have now changed your mind! Actually no.

Nine Lessons Politicians can Learn From 'Game of Thrones'

Serena Cowdy | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Politics
Serena Cowdy

The thing is, politicians are getting their priorities all wrong. They're running around photoshopping campaign posters and trying 'out-norm' each other on Question Time - while what they should be doing is sitting down with a pie, some gin and and the Game of Thrones box set.

What Is the Government Doing to Make Housing Affordable?

Matt Hutchinson | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK Politics
Matt Hutchinson

As May's General Election fast approaches politicians need to take note. With over nine million renters in the UK, policy needs to reflect their needs but, historically, parties have chosen to target older voters and homeowners.

Politicians Should be Made to Stick to Their Promises, or Face Consequences

Toby Gould | Posted 29.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Toby Gould

"We won't raise taxes", "We will not allow university fees to go up", "We'll cut the deficit" and "Net migration will fall to 100,000." All of these are well-known, fairly recent 'promises' made by politicians which also happen to be, in effect, lies, as the matter was in their control and they failed to carry out on what they said, or pledges which could never be kept as it was not in the their power to do so.

Why Do Politicians Bottle the Big Decisions?

Stuart Thomson | Posted 03.01.2015 | 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 23.12.2014 | 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.