Polly Toynbee

The Role Of An Active State Should Be At Heart Of The General Election

John Tizard | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Politics
John Tizard

There is a week to go until a critical general election. The electorate faces some stark choices, not least in terms of policies for public services and the taxes to fund them.

Useful Idiots Nigel Farage and Russell Brand Are Helping Pave the Way for the Victory of the New/Old Tory Right

Rob Owen Bell | Posted 01.03.2015 | UK Politics
Rob Owen Bell

It is difficult to know whether novelty sock puppet Nigel Farage thinks he and his squinty-eyed troop of yokels have really become a force in UK politics or if he is in fact a fully paid-up stooge of a vast conspiracy of right-wing Tories who communicate via secret messages in the weave of their tweed that only they can understand.

Louise Ridley

Famous Atheists Tell Us Where They Get Their Values From

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK

Throughout November, The Huffington Post UK is featuring its Beyond Belief series, chronicling the remarkable lives of Britons who've taken on their f...

Ned Simons

Miliband Would Be Hollande Without The Cool Affairs, Jokes Tory MP

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband would govern Britain in the same "dark nightmare" way that Francois Hollande runs France only without the amusing affairs, an aide to Mich...

£53 a Week - Could You Do It?

Stef Benstead | Posted 13.06.2013 | UK Politics
Stef Benstead

£53 a week. Could you do it? Most people think not. Interestingly, those on higher incomes are more likely to think that they could do it than those on lower incomes.

Ministers - Shun the Poverty Industry and the Lobbying Unions and Plough on With Reforming Welfare and Education

Janice Atkinson | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Politics
Janice Atkinson

For decades, the highly political anti-poverty industry has led the debate on the definition of poverty. They narrowly focus on eradicating poverty by increased benefits and expanding social services, where protection of benefits and the recipients' right not to work overshadows the argument that work equals empowerment and they promote the 'victimisation' of those they claim to represent.

Former Chief of CBI Denies UK Has Had Uncontrolled Immigration, Tell That to Those on Low to Middle Incomes Who Have Lost Their Jobs Mr Lambert

Janice Atkinson | Posted 15.04.2013 | UK Politics
Janice Atkinson

My view is that uncontrolled immigration has led to wholesale job losses for the unskilled and semi-skilled; put a strain on the housing stock and has led to men in this category earning less than their womenfolk for the first time.

Less Atheism, More Humanism

Chris Price | Posted 23.02.2013 | UK
Chris Price

Atheism is a dirty word. But not as dirty, apparently, as humanism.

Elected Police and Crime Commissioners? Don't Be Fooled, This Isn't About Devolving Power to Local Communities

Thomas Midlane | Posted 12.01.2013 | UK Politics
Thomas Midlane

The idea that this is a genuine exercise in localism just simply isn't credible, because the coalition is only interested in devolving power to two sectors: the private and the voluntary. If you want to know what Cameron and Osborne really think of local government, go and count the number of empty offices at council buildings across the land.

Islamophobia: Orwellian 'Doublespeak' ?‎

Myriam Francois-Cerrah | Posted 10.09.2012 | UK Politics
Myriam Francois-Cerrah

The struggle against islamophobia is the struggle for a nuanced and ‎contextualised appraisal of events involving Muslims, a refusal to accept ‎that everything can be explained away through a facile reference to 'Islam' ‎and a defence of a European minority group. There is nothing Orwellian ‎about that.‎

'Idle Feckless Useless People'

The Huffington Post UK | Stephen Hull | Posted 18.12.2011 | UK

Occupy protestors might be getting a hard time from parts of the media, but the Guardian’s Polly Toynbee has been hailed as a beacon of support afte...

Polly Toynbee is Wrong About Tories and the Poor, but it is Equally Wrong to Call her a Hypocrite

Nik Darlington | Posted 01.11.2011 | UK Politics
Nik Darlington

British history is full of well-meaning middle and upper-class social reformers with honest and paternalistic instincts. Did Arnold Toynbee not understand the poor because he was comfortably well-off?

The Clear Ignorance of Richard Dawkins

Omar Shahid | Posted 23.09.2011 | UK
Omar Shahid

In this weeks New Statesman magazine there is an article called: Faith no more. Andrew Zak Williams asked an array of public figures why they don't be...