The BBC: The (Soft) Power That Daren't Speak its Name

Alistair Burnett | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK
Alistair Burnett

As part of his early turn as Father Christmas, Chancellor George Osborne allocated £289million to the World Service over the next five years to pay for new services to places like North Korea and Eritrea.

The Real Terrorists of New Jersey

Julian Vigo | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK
Julian Vigo

In reading an ostensibly leftist publication about this past week's attacks in Paris, I was struck by the neoliberal tone of "How to Politicize a Trag...

Junior Doctors and the NHS Culture of Management

Julian Vigo | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK
Julian Vigo

The junior doctors' strike this past September protested the proposed salary cuts of up to 30%, an increase in these doctors working antisocial shift...

Internet Trolls and Uncivil Disagreement

Julian Vigo | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK Tech
Julian Vigo

Having a different point of view in the bygone days of coffee shop rendez-vous while sustaining vigorous debate used to be a good thing. Today having a different point of view means that the unusual individual is a bigot, a foe, a murderer, and a general traitor to the "established" group think on any number of subjects. Take your pick.

The Man Who Has It All

Julian Vigo | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK Tech
Julian Vigo

In recent weeks I have become mildly obsessed with @manwhoasitall on Twitter, billed as "a frazzled working dad with a wife and three kids. He spends ...

There's a Line Between Humour and Insult - These Coffee Shops Have Crossed It

Morwenna Jones | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK
Morwenna Jones

Sadly, both Fuck0ffee and Bricklane Coffee, appear to have misunderstood the time-old saying that "any publicity is good publicity" and, in doing so, to have missed a very simple truth: If you want to stand out in London's over-saturated independent coffee market, insulting 52% of the population isn't the best way to go about it. It's bad marketing, bad PR and, worst of all? It's not even funny.

The "Ideological Totalism" of Higher Education Today

Julian Vigo | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK
Julian Vigo

In recent months there has been a slew of interesting critiques of the move to censor free speech by students. From Lori Horvitz' "Life Doesn't Come w...

No Light at the End of the Tunnel for the EU's Youth

Rob Comley | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rob Comley

Across Europe, Eurosceptic student groups are gradually coming together. They see the need for less government, not more. They realise the EU has been a cause of their troubles - or at least a symptom of the cause - which has done next to nothing to cure their problems. Just like many countries on the continent, Britain's youth is finally realising, the only way to truly solve this crisis is to Get Britain Out of the EU.

Online Voting: One Rule for Political Parties, Another Rule for Trade Unions?

Areeq Chowdhury | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Politics
Areeq Chowdhury

I agree that greater democracy is a good thing, not just for unions, but in general. However, I fail to see how introducing a minimum threshold whilst enforcing 20th century postal balloting methods in a 21st Century society is going to bring about that ideal... It is a matter of fairness and progress - if politics and business can benefit from technology and vote online, shouldn't unions be able to?

Mass Surveillance: Britain's Internet Must Remain Free

James Coe | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK Tech
James Coe

The answer to our surveillance dilemma lies in targeted surveillance, a warrant process overseen by the judiciary, an annual parliamentary public scrutiny of the security services, legislated protections for the professional privileges of doctors and lawyers and, most of all, a proper and lengthy public debate void of vague and fear inducing inferences to terror plots and criminal gangs.

The Whole Country Has Been Swallowed By Fog And It's Beautiful (Unless You're In An Airport)

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK

Almost the entire country awoke on Monday to an eerie but beautiful blanketing of fog. Unless you were in an airport that is, in which case it was ...

This Debate Is About the EU, Not About Europe

Rob Comley | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Politics
Rob Comley

If you take a look at the pro-EU StrongerIn website, the first thing you will read is the following message - blurting out of the screen in big, bold, white letters: "Britain is stronger, better off and safer in Europe than we would be out on our own." Let's set this record straight - we love 'Europe'. We just hate the EU!

UK Solar Subsidy Cuts: How to Kill an Industry

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK
Anders Lorenzen

Due to proposed subsidy cuts, the future for the UK's solar industry looks extremely dire. In other countries, the economics of solar energy is rapid...

Give a Little Love and It All Comes Back to You

Matt Streuli | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Streuli

I write this because I am scared we are forgetting our humanity. Last night, someone called me asking for my support as they were being admitted to hospital. I did not think I should stay in bed and protect my assets.

Following the Evidence to Reduce Reoffending

Jerry Petherick | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK
Jerry Petherick

From Texas to Tasmania, penal systems around the world are asking profound questions about the purpose of prisons and the balance that society demands between punishment and rehabilitation.

Why Does Britain's China Debate Have to Be So Binary?

Alistair Burnett | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK Politics
Alistair Burnett

In their very haste to catch up and the urgency they attach to attracting investment, Cameron and Osborne are prepared to ignore criticism - and I suspect the advice of their diplomats - and downplay human rights and wider foreign policy considerations to put their emphasis on the purely pecuniary dimension of relations with the Chinese.

Can I Ask Where You're From?

Sarah Kwong | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Kwong

I'm extremely proud of my mixed heritage, and everything both it, and I, stand for. It's taken me a good few years of diversions and confusion to get to this point. But I'm here and I'm proud. I would happily talk about my history and my family until the cows come home, and then when they've bedded down, too. But that isn't what the cashier is asking for.

European Events No Traveller Should Miss

Frontier | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Being a traveller, you have probably seen a lot of Europe already, but seeing a city and a country is simply not the same as experiencing local culture and events. If you have found yourself in the middle of a festival or religious celebration in a foreign country - even by accident - you will know the feeling of being emerged in the culture!

Britain's Steel Industry Needs Our Support

Ben Johns | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Johns

The Scunthorpe Steel Works have provided jobs and income to families in the town for over 150 years. The announcement of 2,200 job losses and the closure of the Redcar plant started speculation in Scunthorpe. The news today that over 900 jobs would be cut confirmed the town's worst fears. The possibility of the closure of the Scunthorpe Steel Works is becoming a reality. As a Scunthorpe resident, I'm worried about the future. What will happen to my town?

Technophobia: The Real Threat to Our Future Wellbeing

Paul Flatters | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Tech
Paul Flatters

Though a long tradition it is one that has been proved wrong so many times and perhaps represents a greater threat to our future well-being than the technologies of which it is so fearful.

Xi Jinping's Visit to UK - Respect Over Politics

Cohan Chew | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Politics
Cohan Chew

In any case, the Xi's visit to the UK is clearly received as an opportunity to demonstrate respect, even though it is packaged as a political trip. Then again, respect in politics is crucial, especially in soft power. So, bring on the ceremonies, banquets and processions! Thanks taxpayer.

VW Emissions Affair: UK Drivers are being left in the dark due to mixed messages from Ministers

Richard Burden | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

The UK Government must come clean on what they knew and move quicker to end uncertainty for drivers.

10 Vital Things to Do if Your Bike is Stolen

Richard Cantle | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Cantle

If your bike has been stolen there are 10 vital things you should do quickly to maximise the chances of seeing your ride again.

Women Are Part of the Solution to Extremism

Deeyah Khan | Posted 07.10.2015 | UK
Deeyah Khan

Women in the Muslim world have been resisting extremism on the ground for decades - as community members, as family members, as professionals and as activists (which they often do so at grave personal risk) - and as those with the most to lose from the rise of extremist religion. Often, the first we hear about such brave women is when they are assassinated, and it is too late to support them.

What's Next for the UK Minimum Wage Increase?

Dr. Andrew Chamberlain | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK
Dr. Andrew Chamberlain

The minimum wage has long been controversial. This week, workers in the UK will be the latest to join the debate.