UK Politicians

The Case For A Strong Selfless Parliamentary System

J.N. Paquet | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK Politics
J.N. Paquet

The creation of a selfless parliamentary system is a real revolution in itself. It is a new way of doing politics, but it is also and mainly a way to restore the people's trust in politics, and send the populist and nationalist preachers of our time back to the one place they belong: the History books.

How To Win Votes And Influence Politics: Donald Trump Provides A Powerful Lesson In Defying The Norms Of Political Behaviour

James Weinberg | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK Politics
James Weinberg

If Trump is a warning about the cost of ignoring anti-political sentiments and particularly the cost of broken promises, then the UK must reconsider the institutional feasibility constraints placed upon our politicians and make a greater effort to understand the personal costs of elected office.

How Do We Solve England's Literacy Crisis? One Community At A Time

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK
Jonathan Douglas

We have brought together resources from community, business, education, local authority and charity partners to help identify where the most serious literacy issues lie and develop targeted strategies to reach the children and families most in need of support.

How Do We Make Our Politicians More Accountable?

Malcolm Prowle | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Politics
Malcolm Prowle

We have come a long way from King John in the 13th century but the world and its institutions of government are hugely more complex. Moreoever, changes are still taking place. It seems to me that there is a urgent need to consider this whole issue of accountability of the state to get a framework fit for the 21st century rather than relying on piecemeal actions in response to the latest scandal.

On The Need To Fact-Check Populists

J.N. Paquet | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Politics
J.N. Paquet

Why are populist politicians popular today? Because they give people a chance to blame someone else for their problems. The others. The foreigners. The aliens. The people who don't belong to OUR country. If populists are such con artists, why do people fall for them?

The Political Experiment That I Would Love To See

Beth Britton | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Politics
Beth Britton

As the world reels from the news of President Trump, and the UK remains immersed in the aftermath of the Brexit vote, politics seems to be the hot topic in every household... or at least that's what we are led to believe.

Bonfire Night And Why I'd Like To Give Politicians A Rocket

Paul Marshall | Posted 31.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

We're anxious and panic-stricken. We're not sure what's happening and we're worried what the eventual aftermath will be. Frankly, we wish we could r...

Turning Around The Trust Tanker: Three Clues On Getting Started

David Evans | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Politics
David Evans

"We have entered an age of post-truth politics." So declared the New York Times last month. They are, of course, not alone in seeing things this way. ...

London Calling

Pam Jarvis | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK
Pam Jarvis

In the aftermath of World War II Dr John Bowlby created his theory of infant attachment. It was such an innovative approach to child psychology in tha...

Trump, Trust and Governance

Ravinder Randhawa | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Politics
Ravinder Randhawa

If the 20th century was about revolution and the end of empire, then the 21st century should be about democratic evolution and global connectivity.

Enough of the Stats, I'll Be Voting to Stay in the EU on Principle

Kate Delaney | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK
Kate Delaney

This is an amazing chance for everyone, from either side of the debate, to have a say and send a strong message, to not only Europe but the whole world, about what the British people value the most. So I will be voting to remain in the European Union this June. I hope you use your principles to guide you and do the same.

Don't Trust Politicians? You Get the Ones You Deserve

Leon Spence | Posted 22.01.2017 | UK Politics
Leon Spence

There is a reason that we trust doctors so much. We take much greater interest in our health and when there is bad news we expect a doctor to be honest with us. Let us face it: a great many of us take the exact opposite position with our politicians. So we will continue to have the politicians that we deserve and our trust will continue to erode ever further. Sad isn't it?

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

J.N. Paquet | Posted 09.10.2016 | 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 29.09.2016 | 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 28.06.2016 | 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 12.06.2016 | 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.

Politicians

Clive Norman | Posted 06.05.2016 | 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 05.05.2016 | 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.