Politics UK

Politics Isn't for the Faint-hearted or Thin-skinned

Samantha Simmonds | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK Politics
Samantha Simmonds

All the candidates - whatever their odds of winning - had dedicated huge amounts of personal time and energy to fight for what they believed in. I couldn't help but feel for all of them as I saw the night wear on and their emotions writ large on their faces.

Carry On Campaigning: Sexing Up the Election

Marc Paterson | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Comedy
Marc Paterson

Photo credit: Smabs Sputzer / Source / CC BY Sid James is prowling the streets in a pin-stripe suit and a red rosette, being followed by groups of yo...

We Need an Abortion Policy Based on the Facts, Not Personal Opinion

Charlotte Dunlavey | Posted 12.12.2012 | UK Politics
Charlotte Dunlavey

This is a government which is supporting, for apparently no justifiable medical reason, an erosion of women's choices when it comes to how and when we have children.

Game of Thrones

Liam Thompson | Posted 12.12.2012 | UK Politics
Liam Thompson

The Conservative Party Conference this week, as with the other two party conferences, was notable for a supreme lack of passion or insight. It seems that, faced with a world order in flux and a rapidly unravelling economic model, our political leaders really just don't know what to do. I for one would prefer it if they just told us this.

Rhetoric Over Reality

Neil Prothero | Posted 12.12.2012 | UK Politics
Neil Prothero

Polls continue to show that voters prefer Mr Cameron as prime minister to Mr Miliband, but that they prefer Labour over the Conservatives. That might well change before the next election in 2015, but there is little to suggest that Mr Cameron's grand vision will be sufficient to persuade more voters to back his party.

Centenary Plans for The First World War, Also Known as The Chemists' War

Michael Freemantle | Posted 11.12.2012 | UK Politics
Michael Freemantle

The chemistry of the First World War proved to be a double-edged sword. It not only killed, maimed, and destroyed, it also helped to protect troops and heal the sick and wounded.

Can Gas Ever Be Green?

Karan Chadda | Posted 09.12.2012 | UK Politics
Karan Chadda

The harsh reality is that, even when you factor in the environmental risks, fracking could be the best short-term solution for the UK's energy needs.

'Aspiration nation' or Lost Generation? The Government Needs to Do More on Youth Unemployment

Tom Smith | Posted 10.12.2012 | UK Politics
Tom Smith

The prime minister is in serious danger of presiding over a lost generation. If that happens, he can kiss goodbye to his dream of an 'aspiration nation' (and ending the welfare dependency culture will be off the table, too).

David Cameron and His 'Aspiration Nation' Take Centre Stage

Emily Stacey | Posted 10.12.2012 | UK Politics
Emily Stacey

Articulate and confidently executed, Cameron's speech today proved that he is the Prime Minister, not Boris. There is certainly a place for Mr Johnson in the Conservative Party; however, the top job seems firmly in the hands of Cameron at present.

'It Was Good While it Lasted'

Ellen Grace Jones | Posted 10.12.2012 | UK
Ellen Grace Jones

The removal of Jimmy Savile's headstone is symbolic of the public mood and the appropriate gesture to fellow deceased in neighbouring plots.

What Are Our Children's Homes for? What Do We Want Them to Do?

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 10.12.2012 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

In every children's homes placement, there are many human factors to consider. Decisions as to how to meet the needs of the young people require experience, knowledge, training and know-how. Looked after children and children's homes deserve the support of their corporate parents, including you and me, engaging in complex public discussion rather than simplistic sensationalism.

Chris Grayling, Self-defence and Politics

Bob Morgan | Posted 10.12.2012 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

The current law provides lots of protection for a householder acting honestly in self-defence and Chris Grayling's proposals will add nothing new and will only add to the confusion.

Indefinite Detention in America: Tyranny of the Few?

Sophie Rodger | Posted 08.12.2012 | UK Politics
Sophie Rodger

The debate over indefinite detention should not be one about scope - in fact, there shouldn't even be a debate. To deny any individual due process is a basic violation of human rights and is fundamentally wrong under all circumstances.