For years, questions were asked about Scotland's EU status if a Yes vote transpired. The European Commission repeatedly refused to answer the 'accession versus succession' issue, not wanting to deal in 'what if' situations or influence anyone's democratic decision. So succession was always a possibility because everything is technically a possible if there is no definite confirmation of its impossibility. Confirmation or not, there were still warnings about the hurdles and potential EU-related costs accompanying Scotland's separation from the UK.
GCSE results alone provide a narrow and confusing measure of success with no real consideration of the overall benefits to children of their time at school... under new Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, there is a real opportunity to take an approach which not only provides a strong academic grounding but also instils character values in students.
The old myth that young people are apathetic to politics could soon be proved wrong. According to a poll by the National Union of Students (NUS), a total of 73 per cent of students are now registered to vote.
Behind all the spin, there is a growing interest in how the coming election might actually be contested. Many look to the US for some indication of what developments might feature in the 2015 campaigns.
Much has been written about how the upcoming independence referendum represents a divorce between Scotland and England. But if we're making relationship analogies, let's just say that historically the British government is a power-hungry polygamist and Scotland is just the latest in a long line of unwilling wives to leave.
Trafficking continues to be a global epidemic, with 600,000-800,000 men, women and children trafficked across international borders each year. Approximately 80% are women and girls. Up to 50% are minors. (US Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report 2013).
This forthcoming debate is an exciting step in combating the cruel practice of irresponsible, unethical breeding of puppies and kittens in the UK, as well as the perfect opportunity to raise awareness, and educate the public about choosing a dog responsibly ie from ethical breeders e.g. Kennel Club Assured Breeders, or by adoption from legitimate rescue organisations.
Five months before his airport arrest, Andreas Pierides, a Cypriot student at the University of Southampton's Business School, was photographed by a fellow train passenger reading the Anarchist Cookbook on his kindle...
The Nationalists care more about breaking the political union across the UK than preserving the common benefits of the economic and social union. Their vision is for two countries - Scotland and England - competing against each other with lower taxes, lower terms and conditions and lower wages. A race to the bottom.
Every time something cruel happens, the reflex is go into the rattle bag of clichés of condemnation. What that does is prevent serious thought about the politics and ideology behind the decision to fly a plane into the World Trade Centre, murder Daniel Pearl in Pakistan because he was Jewish, and now butcher James Foley because he was American.
Between 29 July 2013 and 28 July 2014 MPs spent an astonishing 115+ days sending Tweets, posting a total of 426,406 original Tweets and re-Tweeting a further 292,025. That's without adding up the time that the 461 MPs on Twitter will have spent browsing the site. The question is whether this is a good or bad spend of our elected representatives' time?
Our involvement in war and arms must be confronted; we cannot continue to collude with criminals and must own up to the roles that we play. Too many have suffered and too many are suffering.
When people steal from the state through benefit fraud (usually out of desperation), there's public outcry. But when the state steals from the people by failing to provide even a basic standard of living, whilst corruption and tax evasion runs unchecked, we're told it's all part of a necessary strategy for economic recovery.
For too long, African Americans, Black and Asian Britons have felt targeted... In the USA, great steps towards racial equality have been made over the decades. In spite of this, time and time again we hear of fatal shootings between the white and the black populations... How many deaths will it take for something to be done? For things to change?
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released information on changes in self-employment, and confirms what we have said for years: the increase is an issue more of desperation than any 'entrepreneurial spirit'.
The number of political prisoners in Burma has more than doubled since the start of 2014, according to figures from the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners Burma.