UK Politicians

Get The Grumpy Unfriendly Library Staff Out! (... For Our Children's Sake!)

J.N. Paquet | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Politics
J.N. Paquet

Nothing does or will ever justify public library cuts and school library cuts. Library cuts are unacceptable in the twenty-first century, in a modern country like Britain, and they should simply be made unlawful!

Bilingualism: Social Phenomenon or Dangerous Trend?

J.N. Paquet | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK Politics
J.N. Paquet

Some people -- mainly ultra-conservative politicians -- say that the social phenomenon that is bilingualism is a danger for a nation's unity and claim...

In Defence of Politicians

Charlie Evans | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Evans

How on earth did this indifference and apathy set in? Why do we have this attitude that MPs are some different species altogether? Why do we demand they know the price of a pint of milk as if this is a perfect indicator of the political clout they hold?

Six Pieces of Advice for New MPs

Paul Blanchard | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Blanchard

Dear Newly Elected Members of Parliament, Firstly, welcome to Westminster! And now for the fun part. This is the part you've been campaigning for, dreaming about, fearing, and perhaps not daring yourself to think about too clearly in case it didn't happen: you're an MP. It happened. Well done.


Clive Norman | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Politics
Clive Norman

Well by the time this gets posted the 2015 Election will be over. Thank goodness! The last time I voted was over 30 years ago. Many on social media accuse me of wasting my vote. Politicians accuse me of betraying those who died fighting two world wars to give me the right to vote...

Just Who Is Responsible for the Quality of Our Elections?

Dragana Brown | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK
Dragana Brown

As the election veers towards the finishing line with all the pizazz of a wobbly egg and spoon race, our politicians' thespian talents are now firmly...

Do Politicians Understand Social Care?

Beth Britton | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Politics
Beth Britton

With electioneering in full swing, I am a frustrated voter. Not because of the endless talk of the deficit, austerity and immigration, but because while the NHS and healthcare feature in pretty much every political debate, by comparison social care is the poor relation.

Model Politicians? High Profile Campaign Figures Look Weirdly Good As Models

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris & Elliot Wagland | Posted 16.04.2015 | UK Politics

We’re used to seeing them tightly stage managed: holding babies, taking the children to school and sampling local cuisine (admittedly sometimes rath...

Why UK Politicians Cannot Tell The Truth

David C. M. Carter | Posted 14.06.2015 | UK Politics
David C. M. Carter

It struck me today why no politician can ever tell the truth to voters. Why they never answer the direct question interviewers ask them. It's shockingly naïve of me to not have worked it out sooner.

Political Engagement Is Broken in a Disengaged Society - And Politicians Need to Drop the Polsplaining Before Turnout Plummets to a New Low

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK Politics
Vanessa Olorenshaw

Election season. An exciting time for people like me, who sit up all night just to watch a loathed politician lose his seat, but rather like a carousel of irrelevant, alien, jargon-spouting, aloof, suits for too many. And don't the political parties rather rely on that.

Why We Must Further Nurture Grit and Resilience in Our Schoolchildren

Charlie Rigby | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK Politics
Charlie Rigby

Yesterday Education Secretary Nicky Morgan stated that being academic in the modern world simply isn't enough, and that too narrow a focus was given to passing exams, when more time should be spent developing the grit and resilience young people will do frequently need in life. This is a message I wholeheartedly agree with, but it is a little late in coming.

Politicians Agree on This One Issue

Chris Jones | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

Politicians aren't known to agree, but they did reach a consensus on one thing last week: how poor careers advice is in the UK. That's probably not surprising to anyone who's recently come through the school system, which is why representatives of the three major political parties are calling for huge improvements.

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

Jonathan Young | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK Politics
Jonathan 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 03.05.2015 | 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 14.04.2015 | 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 07.04.2015 | 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 05.04.2015 | 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 03.04.2015 | 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 08.03.2015 | 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.