UK Referendum

Some Pity for Putin

Gregor Smith | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Politics
Gregor Smith

Good old Vlad is propping up the news again as the shiftiest world leader. Apart from Kim Jong Un. Or Xi Jinping. Or King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. Or - who's that bloke who controls the biggest, most notorious 'intelligence' agency in the world? Oh, of course, US President Barack Obama. Or, for that matter, his chum David Cameron...

Give Scotland Back to the Scottish

Mark Piggott | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Piggott

Ever met a nice Scotsman? Me neither. I mean Armando Iannucci, Lou Macari and Wattie out of Exploited (get well soon) seem okay, though I wouldn't want to live next door to any of them, but the rest? Buckfast-slurping, sheep-stomach-scoffing, heart-attack-having, currency-stealing cry-babies.

Miliband, Cameron and the Chances of EU Treaty Change

Adam Hug | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Politics
Adam Hug

Ed Miliband's announcement that the Labour Party would only commit to an in/out EU referendum in the event of major EU treaty change sets up a significant fault line between his party's policy and that of the Conservatives.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Ed (Almost) Rules Out EU Referendum

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Wednesday 12 March 2014... 1) ED (ALMOST) RULES OUT EU REFERENDUM Ever since David Cameron buckled ...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'Nazi' Ukip Has Done Us A Favour, Says Tory MP

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Friday 7 March 2014... 1) 'NAZI' UKIP HAS DONE US A FAVOUR, SAYS TORY MP Forget the infamous 'fruit...

It Won't Be Politics as Usual If the Scots Go Their Own Way

Carl Thomson | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK Politics
Carl Thomson

Despite the effected disinterest of some of their English MPs, the breakup of the union could shatter the Conservatives. After all, what would be the purpose of a right-wing party that can no longer uphold the most basic and fundamental tenant of conservatism - the preservation and continuation of the nation.

Crimea To Hold Referendum On Whether Region Should Be Part Of Russia

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK

Politicians in the occupied Crimean region of southern Ukraine have announced a referendum March 16 on whether Crimea should become part of Russia. ...

Can Scotland Inspire Kurdish Independence? Let's Leave Iraq!

Ruwayda Mustafah | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Politics
Ruwayda Mustafah

The Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has made little effort to mend Kurdish grievances, instead we are his puppets during elections. The more aggression he shows towards Kurdish people, the more support he is likely to receive from voters. We should stop being puppets in his orchestrated show and instead work towards independence.

Scotland's Children's Bill Paves Way for Childcare Transformation

Aileen Campbell | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Politics
Aileen Campbell

Last month Scotland took a big step towards a shared ambition to make our country among the best in the world to grow up. The Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill is a landmark piece of legislation to deliver greater support for children and families through a range of measures, including improvements to how we help our most vulnerable young people in care.

Merkel Visit Will Form Part Of Efforts To Reshape Europe, Says Hague

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK

The process of renegotiating the UK's relationship with Brussels has not yet started, but this week's visit of German chancellor Angela Merkel will fo...

Why a Swiss Yes Could Lead to a Scottish No

Robin Lustig | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

My hunch is that, paradoxically, the Swiss Yes to immigration quotas makes a Scottish No to independence more likely. There'll be more warnings of the price to be paid for years of political uncertainty, potential instability and investor nervousness. Pro-independence campaigners will call it bullying; the anti-independence camp will call it setting out the facts.

Sensible Talks on Currency Will Begin After a Yes Vote

Mark Shaw | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Shaw

Setting aside the usual thinly-disguised glee that comes from some in the official No campaign whenever they can repeat their 'Scotland can't do' mantra, their argument against a monetary union after a Yes vote does not stand up to scrutiny, on a number of levels...

The Decline and Fall of Egyptian Democracy

James Snell | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

The fall of Morsi was a blow to those who wanted a stable and free Egypt, that's for certain, but there was a certain pleasure to be gained from watching the army - an institution viewed with distrust by a large number of the population for its support of Mubarak - stepping in to safeguard the future of democracy in the country. Personally, I was ecstatic, stupidly so.

Why Parliament Shouldn't be Given the Power to Veto Every Aspect of EU Law

Tony Baldry | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Politics
Tony Baldry

No one disagrees that the UK's present relationship with the European Union is not working and needs to change. Moreover, the UK - which is not in the Eurozone - needs to develop a new and different relationship with those countries that are in the Eurozone. This is why, very sensibly, the prime minister has made it clear that he is committed to seeking a new settlement for Britain in Europe

Mehdi's Morning Memo: I'm Not With Nick

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Sunday 19 January 2013... 1) I'M NOT WITH NICK The Lord Rennard affair has put massive pressure on ...

Roşia Montană Needs Investment and Mining Before It Can Be a World Heritage Site

Dragos Tanase | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK
Dragos Tanase

Romania's mining tradition dates back over 2,000 years to Roman times and has been the backbone of many of its communities ever since. There can be no doubt that our country's history and archaeology deserves both recognition and preservation.

Take It From a Welsh Girl: Why Scotland Shouldn't Pursue Independence

Rebeca Moss | Posted 30.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rebeca Moss

As a Welsh girl studying in Edinburgh, it is with a heavy heart that I hear the nationalistic cries for independence. You can't fool me SNP, with your White Papers and your shoddy economic policies. I've heard it all before, albeit in slightly Welsher accents.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Ed Hits The 'Reset' Button

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday 29 November 2013... 1) ED HITS THE 'RESET' BUTTON The political battle over energy prices intensifies...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Sixty Two Billion Reasons To Stay In The EU

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Monday 4 November 2013... 1) SIXTY TWO BILLION REASONS TO STAY IN THE EU Is the pro-EU campaign in the UK do...

Robert Burns, Walter Scott and Grand Theft Auto (?)

Neil Simpson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Neil Simpson

Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V) is not an obviously Scottish piece of culture. Set in Los Santos, a fictionalised Los Angeles, it has very little in common with the land of Robert Burns. For a start, it very rarely rains in Los Santos. Yet the GTA franchise, which has its roots in the Scottish city of Dundee, has subtley alluded to its orgins over the years.

What Would It Take for Scotland to Vote YES in 2014?

Andrew Smith | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

With less than a year to go before Scotland goes to the polls it looks like game, set and match to the pro-union campaign. It's been over six years since the SNP was first elected to government, yet the polls on independence have barely shifted.

David Cameron Mocks Ed Miliband's 'Feeble' EU Referendum Position

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron has mocked Labour's "feeble" position on whether or not to support an in/out referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union. ...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'Deeply Unsavoury, Dangerous And Extremist'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 16.06.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on 16 June 2013... 1) 'DEEPLY UNSAVOURY, DANGEROUS AND EXTREMIST' Speaking on the Murnaghan show on Sky News thi...

Salmond's Scotland: Independence Without Independence

Richard L Wood | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK Politics
Richard L Wood

It is clear that the SNP's version of independence is not full independence and that could be detrimental to Scotland. The report supported by the Scottish government to retain the same welfare set-up with the UK has been the latest report to exemplify this point.

A Plea From a Eurosceptic Tory

Dr James Hannam | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK Politics
Dr James Hannam

Speaking as a Conservative, the next election is ours to lose. If it means holding our noses... then so be it. Every Conservative has a duty to knuckle down and follow our leader. If we do that, there is every chance that come 2020, the United Kingdom (and it will still be united) will be prosperous and free