UK Referendum

Alex Salmond Is Not A Fan Of This 'Flawed' Currency Poll

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK

Research suggesting that more than half of voters in England are opposed to an independent Scotland using the pound has been condemned as "flawed" by ...

This DWP Referendum Memo 'Could Have Been Written A Lot More Sensitively'

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has defended a memo sent to staff telling them they had to support the UK Government in its objective to ma...

Bias at the BBC

Sara Sheridan | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK Politics
Sara Sheridan

If you think this is only a Scottish issue, you'd be wrong. On 21st of June 50000 anti-austerity marchers hit the streets of London and the BBC didn't produce a single word about it. By contrast in 2011 a pro-Austerity march by the Tax Payers Alliance which totalled 350 people was covered in detail. It's not only our BBC that is at fault here - it's your BBC too.

After the Scottish Referendum

John Watson | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Politics
John Watson

No one knows how Scotland will vote. Perhaps "yes" and, then again, perhaps "no". Either way the aftermath of the decision is likely to be far more interesting than the campaign which precedes it.

Let Glasgow Flourish

Wasim Mahmood | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
Wasim Mahmood

If you are undecided or find yourself wavering in your decision to vote Yes, pause, step back and take a clear-headed look at what more the Union could possibly offer. One glance at the political, social and economic landscape before you is evidence enough that it is time to take a different course.

100 Days Until Scotland's Referendum, And The No Vote Is Losing Support

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK

Undecided voters in the independence referendum have moved to Yes at a rate of two to one compared with those who have shifted to No, according to the...

Scottish Independence Referendum: The Final Countdown

Alistair Carmichael | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Politics
Alistair Carmichael

Many milestones have already been marked on the road to the independence referendum as our nation prepares to make a significant choice - almost certainly the most significant decision many of us will make in a lifetime. As we reach the 100 days to go mark, I see a marked shift in how people are viewing the crucial vote. Travelling around Scotland I have seen a growing appetite for debate and, alongside that, a continuing clamour for more information and facts.

What the Rise of Ukip Means for the Political Establishment

John Mills | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Politics
John Mills

The recent European elections were certainly a wake-up call for the major political parties and the Westminster political class in the UK, but it takes a bit of interpretation to be clear exactly what the message the electorate delivered was.

What Happens To Westminster's Scottish MPs After A Yes Vote?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.05.2014 | UK Politics

Scottish MPs should be allowed to keep their seats beyond a Yes vote in the referendum, a House of Lords committee has concluded. Peers say the 59 ...

The Religious Evangelism of the Easter Bunny

Rod Macfarlane | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Politics
Rod Macfarlane

As we approach the Easter weekend and the most significant time in the Christian calendar, my thoughts have been divided between David Cameron proclaiming to all his Christian faith and the matter of Scots Independence.

Some Pity for Putin

Gregor Smith | Posted 25.05.2014 | 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 19.05.2014 | 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 12.05.2014 | 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 06.05.2014 | 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 30.04.2014 | 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 02.05.2014 | 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 ...