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A Staggering Amount Of The Cabinet Went To Oxbridge

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK

The UK is a "deeply" elitist society, with the top jobs overwhelmingly held by people educated at private schools and Oxbridge, according to new resea...

Unicef School Clubs Help Syrian Children Catch Up During Summer Break

Razan Rashidi | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK
Razan Rashidi

For thousands of children in Syria, summer vacation is no longer about taking a break from their hectic school lives. On the contrary, with displacement and violence regularly interrupting normal classes, many children around the country used their summer break to visit school clubs and catch up on lost school days.

The Terror of Austerity: How the Coalition's Cuts Are Killing Us

Louisa Ackermann | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Politics
Louisa Ackermann

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.

Three Pimps and a Lockout

Colin Vaines | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK
Colin Vaines

You don't very often see pimps visibly plying their trade in my neighbourhood these days, which is both a sign of Westminster Council's success in its relentless campaign to crack down on the sex trade, and, perhaps, an affirmation of what the local girls proclaimed loudly and with varying degrees of success in court, after the dodgy police raids of last December.

Business Interests Are More Valuable to Bahrain's Western Allies Than Democracy and Human Rights

Nabeel Rajab | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK Politics
Nabeel Rajab

The reality Bahrain's situation has not improved. Like most countries which saw uprising and revolution in 2011, it has only worsened. I am happy to say that the United States, one of Bahrain's closest allies and whose Fifth Fleet is station in my country, is keenly aware of these problems, though whether they will pressure the government to improve the situation remains to be seen. More concerning - and infuriating - is the British response to Bahrain's crisis.

Five British Castles You Can Stay In

Good Hotel Guide | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Good Hotel Guide

Sometimes a trip away needs to have that extra magical touch to make you feel like a prince or princess in a fairytale. So why not stay in a castle? ...

11 Stereotypes About The British That Are Actually True

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK Comedy

Previously, we brought you Nine Stereotypes About The British That Simply Aren't True. But what about the ones that are? We asked our colleague...

Catherine Dyer Fights For Autistic Daughter to Return to Swansea

Jo Worgan | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

This story touched me completely, as a mother of an autistic child. Why is this allowed to happen? Why are so many of our young people who are on the autistic spectrum placed under the Mental Health Act, sectioned and then put into psychiatric units were the individuals looking after them have very little training with regards to autism?

Living Costs: My Disability Shopping List

Martyn Sibley | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Sibley

If anyone narrow minded goes crazy at you about the costs of disabled people on the government, please tell them this: unless death or social isolation is your thing, investing in us is not just right, but also better for everyone.

'A complex cultural form of child abuse'

Huffington Post/PA | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK

Police are investigating rising numbers of female genital mutilation (FGM) cases without charging people with offences, according to new figures. D...

Hurricane Bertha Set To Bring Dramatic End To UK Summer Sun

Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK

The remains of hurricane Bertha, which has been pounding the Caribbean leaving thousands of homes without power, are set to hit England in the next fe...

America and the Kurds: A Case for Fresh and Urgent Rethinking

Gary Kent | Posted 07.08.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Fresh thinking is required. The KRG is operating a twin track policy of seeking to defend itself against Sunni extremists and helping build the democratic capacity of Baghdad while also pursuing the course of independence. The two go together.

Consumers Cutting Back Less, But Remain Cautious

Matthew Oakley | Posted 07.08.2014 | UK
Matthew Oakley

One of the areas to see the biggest falls in proportions of consumers cutting back is holiday spending. This time last year, over half (53%) of consumers said they would be cutting back on holiday spending in the coming months. That figure now stands 15 percentage points lower at 38%.

Is the UK Heading for a Skills Crisis?

Martina Milburn | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK
Martina Milburn

We know that unemployed young people want to work and that employers have vacancies they want to fill. In fact, our report highlights that 72% of business leaders see the recruitment of young people as vital to averting a skills crisis.

2014 Michelin Restaurant List: Cream of the Crop

Tom Rokins | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Rokins

Sometimes it feels fantastic to splurge on an experience with all the finer trimmings. As we are gradually moving out of the recession, spending on luxury items and days out is increasing, so let's look at what's on offer for the discerning palette!

Celebrating the Freedom of the World War One Centenary

Alastair Macartney | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK
Alastair Macartney

We remembered too not just those from the First World War, but all wars past and present including those serving right now in Afghanistan and other Operations around the world. And, of course, it's not just the soldiers themselves but the families that give their all in support of those brave men and women.

Internet Trolls: Mind-Numbing Onslaught of Sadists

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Tech
Preetam Kaushik

The internet turned out to be the most democratic space which can be accessed by everyone who can use a bit of tech to better their lives and knowledge base... Suicides, depression, anxiety, and humiliation - all these and more are associated with the internet, what with some people using it to vent their sadism out.

Degrees and Decrees: Divorce More Common Where Woman More Educated

Vanessa Lloyd Platt | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Vanessa Lloyd Platt

Divorces over here amongst highflyers have never been so acute. This in turn has led to many counsellors actively advising women to try to dumb themselves down in their relationships because men are finding women who are more intelligent and earning more than them entirely threatened to their psyche and male ego.

How to Undermine Your Gender in One Easy Step

Sophie Pope | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Pope

You know what's cool? Sticking together as a gender and showing our strength through our ability to support and encourage each other. Not bitching each other out by posting a picture on the internet, encouraging outsiders to laugh at the fact that women died so that we have rights.

Help! Loom Bands Have Taken Over the World

Carina Maggar | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carina Maggar

Tiny neon-coloured rubber bands; 'looms' are a little girls' ultimate delight. Worn as bracelets, key rings, charms or necklaces they're available in a range of eye-watering neon colours and are like, totally accessible with your outfit of the day.

Prodding the Sleeping Giant- Keeping the Rise of Cycling Rolling

Alec James | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Sport
Alec James

The public's incredible reaction to the Tour de France which finished on Sunday may have surprised some, but its legacy through quality cycling provision in Britain must be a surprise to no-one.

Is the 'Made in Britain' label driving the 'march of the makers'?

Simon Thomas | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK
Simon Thomas

"I want Britain to be the place international businesses go to, not the place they leave. Let it be heard clearly around the world - from Shanghai to ...

The UN Wants to Eradicate Extreme Poverty by 2030 - Let's Make Sure It's Up to the Task

Ian Richards | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Politics
Ian Richards

Ending extreme poverty or getting an agreement to reduce climate change means creating complex trade-offs between the interests of countries, companies and citizens and civil society. It involves detailed forecasts, legal texts and new ideas that will galvanise negotiators to agreement. It means putting the UN back in a position of international leadership.

The Costa Concordia Is About To Embark On Its Final Voyage

Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK

The rusted remains of the Costa Concordia are almost ready to be towed from its watery resting place of two-and-a-half years. The doomed liner is ...

Palestine: Something Must Be Done, But What and By Whom?

Gregor Cubie | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Politics
Gregor Cubie

As Israeli military operations reignited in Gaza on July 8, the familiar indignant echo of "something must be done" rang out around the liberal and non-interventionist quarters of the Western world in a show of solidarity with the trampled Palestinian people that, while admirable, all too often fails to delineate exactly to whom the appeals for reason should be addressed.