UK Referendum

Cameron's Birthday Wish Should Be a More Competitive EU

Simon Walker | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Walker

As the campaigns launch, the politicians lunch, the negotiations stutter and the rhetoric starts, the "voice of business" will be in high demand. With so many unknowns and so many companies hungry for reform, beware those who claim British business has already made up its mind.

Indyref2 Is a Distraction, Not an Inevitability

Alan Grant | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

There was a distinctly Orwellian flavour to the story that dominated Scottish politics over this past weekend. Former first minister, and current SNP ...

A Modern Greek Tragedy

Jason Aiginitis | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK
Jason Aiginitis

The current Greek government won the elections under the slogan "Hope is Coming". Is "hope" seeing our grandparents crying and dying in front of ATM machines? Is "hope" people literally threatening to kill their brothers over political disagreements? Is "hope" a government that cannot take responsibility for their mistakes?

Spartan Spirit and Sunday's Referendum

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

Will the Greek people strike a blow for freedom, not just theirs but ours too? For if the answer is indeed 'Oxi', then who knows? Perhaps in generations to come July 5 will join October 28, and two 'anniversaries of the No' will be celebrated.

Britain, the EU and Generation Y - How We Can Win This Thing.

Alan Grant | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

We have the opportunity to come out of this referendum enlivened in our common endeavour, let's go ahead and take it, even if we have to endure a little bit of cliché for our troubles.

Let's Hear About the Dream of Europe

Dale Bilson | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Politics
Dale Bilson

Much of the political talk this past week has been of UKIP's ineptitude. The resignation that never was has now been followed by the sacking that never was, with Suzanne Evans unceremoniously dumped and inelegantly reinstated as a party spokesperson for the European separatists in the space of mere hours.

Cameron - Don't Give 16 and 17-Year-Olds a Vote on the Referendum

James Walker | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Politics
James Walker

I will support a vote for 16 and 17-year-olds, when schools are dedicating the same time to political education as they are currently committing to PE, RE and PSHCE. That time will not come before the EU referendum.

Power by the People for the People

Stephen Fear | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Politics
Stephen Fear

Whilst in the south of France this week I have been reading French and German perspectives regarding the forthcoming EU referendum in the United Kingdom.

On My Ship If You Don't Follow Orders You Walk The Plank & David Cameron Is Right To Demand the Same Loyalty!

Charlie Mullins | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

David Cameron is completely correct in laying down the law to members of his cabinet and other ministers, when it comes to them following orders and not campaigning for a UK exit from Europe.

Live and Let Live: What's So Wrong With That?

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

The intolerance towards Ukip's LGBT wing is saddening but also counterproductive; if anyone believes that Ukip's policies are wrong then they should support the pressure applied by Ukip's LGBT wing rather than alienating.

How to Win Referendums and Alienate People

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

A cynic's guide to winning an EU referendum for a pro-European Union Prime Minister. So far, David Cameron is following my simple, step-by-step guide to the letter. How much longer will it last, I wonder?

Nigel Farage And David Cameron Are 'Referendum & Referendumber'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Comedy

It's the epic vote everyone in the UK has been waiting for since the last time we voted on the exact same thing - the EU referendum is finally on the ...

The Queen's Speech

John Watson | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK Politics
John Watson

The speech which the Queen makes at the opening of Parliament is always something of a mixture and that is never more so than immediately after a gene...

Reflections on a Trinity of Referenda

David Browne | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

With the 'Trinity of Referenda' now over in Oxford, it is worth considering what the two campaigns, and the results, ultimately showed about the Oxford student politics.

Ireland Gay Marriage Referendum Victory Means Same-Sex Weddings This Year

PA | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK

A new era of equality has been heralded in Ireland as the country overwhelmingly voted in favour of gay marriage. Twenty-two years since homosexual...

Europe: 'Non or Innit'?

Darren Hall | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Politics
Darren Hall

Yesterday, I asked my parents how they would vote in the EU referendum. Bearing in mind they were one foot out the door to go camping in France, I was somewhat taken aback by their ambivalence towards our membership. If they are in any way representative of the general ignorance about Brussels, Europhiles have a much bigger hill to climb than many would like to think.

Some Helpful Tips for the Tories

Andrew Duff | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Politics
Andrew Duff

The new Conservative government is hard at work cobbling together the catalogue of demands it soon must make on the European Union... Here are nine tips to the Conservatives which, given the level of ignorance in London about how the EU works, may be helpful.

Ireland's Gay Marriage Referendum: Beware The Silent Minority

Paddy Duffy | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Politics
Paddy Duffy

I have to admit, when I first resolved to write a column on the upcoming gay marriage referendum in Ireland, I was tempted to write an eye-catching headline like "If you're not voting Yes, you're probably an asshole". But then I thought harder on the matter: was that really fair?

If it Flies, It Dies - Malta's Hunters Get Green Light for Bird Slaughter

Joe Duckworth | Posted 13.06.2015 | UK
Joe Duckworth

Tourists to Malta over the next few weeks might get a shock. The country's mass killing of birds, known as the Spring Hunt, starts today, meaning that thousands of birds will be shot from the skies. If you don't want to be caught in the middle of that, you might want to head somewhere else.

Was This Blair's First and Last Election Speech?

Sayed Bukhari | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Politics
Sayed Bukhari

Tony Blair made his first major speech of the General Election campaign this week. If Labour have any sense it will be his last. Whatever his good in...

A (Tainted) First Taste of Democracy

Adam Allnutt | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Adam Allnutt

According to Ipsos-Mori only 44% of 18-24 year olds voted in the 2010 general election - this figure correlates with the turnout for Hull's Student Union elections, with turnout last year being a tiny 3771 out of around 18,000 students.

EU and Britain: Together or Apart?

Nikolaos Dimou | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK Politics
Nikolaos Dimou

In my view, the EU would be a better place, if the plethora of its policies were not defined as an outcome of the everlasting conflicts between a humanitarian but unrealistic France and a productive but austere Germany, but if they were rather set by a pragmatist Britain. This outcome might as well be the best choice possible for Europe's -and Britain's- future.

I Just Called, to Say, I Love EU

Gavin Devine | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK Politics
Gavin Devine

The EU has been at the forefront of promoting issues such as safety at work, and a better environment for everyone - and it has of course freed up trade. Facile stories about curvy bananas overlook the ways in which the EU has driven economic development.

Slovakia Takes 'Step Backwards' With Gay Rights Referendum

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 07.02.2015 | UK Politics

Slovakia held a national referendum on Saturday on placing further restrictions on gay rights. Reported by the BBC, citizens of the small European sta...

Very Ironic Ukip Map Claims Support From China, India And The Outback

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK

Ukip has released an astoundingly ironic new election graphic encouraging voters living abroad to register to vote in the 2015 general election. Th...