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Anne Frank: A 70-Year-Old Voice That Still Has the Power to Make Us Change

Gillian Walnes MBE | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK
Gillian Walnes MBE

Anne wrote, "How wonderful it is that no-one need wait, but can start right now to gradually change the world". Anne Frank, as we mark seven decades since your agonised protracted death at Nazi hands, please know that you really did help to change the world.

Why Can't We Move Beyond Conducting Election Debates on TV?

Mark Hillary | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Hillary

In an ideal world, I would hope that the parties could join forces to make the 2015 election an exciting and informative election campaign by ignoring the TV broadcasters and going straight to the Internet. I guess this will not happen until 2020 now. In any case, do you really think that the TV and radio broadcasters are not going to repeat everything that is said online?

London Anti-Extremism Conference Must Challenge the Role of Iran

Lord Maginnis | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Politics
Lord Maginnis

On Thursday, London hosted a major conference to discuss the ISIS threat and strategies for confronting Islamic extremism around the globe. Unfortunat...

How the Cello Helped My Grandmother Survive Auschwitz

Simon Wallfisch | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK
Simon Wallfisch

The Nazi's recognised the potency in music and used it as weapons of torture, propaganda and suppression. They appropriated and distorted the legacies of composers such as Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven and presented them as examples of German-Aryan superiority.

This Election, It's Time to Take on the Scandal of Tax-Dodging

Jenny Ricks | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Politics
Jenny Ricks

We all pay our tax. But as we've seen from scandal after scandal in the last few years, companies like Amazon, Google and Starbucks can get away without paying their fair share. Every year the UK loses billions of pounds to corporate tax dodging.

We Should Get Off Our Knees and Tell the Saudis Some Home Truths on Human Rights

Kate Allen | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Politics
Kate Allen

Whether or not David Cameron and Prince Charles needed to make the geo-political pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia is probably not for me to say, but there's no question that the backdrop to their visit is striking.

Your Neighbourhood Needs You - Give a Little Community Spirit to Help Our Elders

Dr Paul Zollinger-Read | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Paul Zollinger-Read

One of the saddest things I read while investigating community spirit was to learn that one million people in the UK may not have spoken to another human being in a month. And, for an estimated five million older people living alone, TV is their closest companion.

The EU and GM - Will It 'Let GM Crops Flourish' or Stop GM Being Used 'Under Any Pretext'?

Peter Melchett | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Politics
Peter Melchett

It is worth noting that research into the health risks of GM crops and of both Roundup and glyphosate continues, and the GM industry still faces the possibility of a fatal blow from new scientific evidence, confirming what many studies have already suggested, namely that GM food poses significant risks to human health.

Here Come the Greens...

Zahid Ayden | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Politics
Zahid Ayden

On Monday, the Green Party unveiled their new campaign poster in Westminster, boasting a rich, emerald green where the MP of Brighton Pavillion Caroline Lucas and party leader Natalie Bennett stand, both with beaming smiles and the tagline: What are you afraid of boys? - I like it...

Plain Packaging: A Victory for Freedom and Democracy

Jon Young | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Politics
Jon Young

As an ex-drinker, I still look at a bottle of Old Speckled Hen with feelings of nostalgia, as it links to a time when I was in a pub with friends after a hard day's work. Plain packaging will remove this link and (in my opinion) will undoubtedly lead to a drop in smoking rates.

Isn't It Time We Forgave Nick Clegg?

John Fletcher | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Politics
John Fletcher

Nick Clegg is probably the modern politician who seems to try the hardest to engage with the public; despite the almost constantly negative responses. He hosts a weekly radio show, makes frequent public appearances (even set to appear on Channel 4's The Last Leg to try and convince at least one undecided voter directly) and has been a vocal critic of the delays in the Chilcot Report.

Religion's Leaders Have a Unique Responsibility to Tackle Extremism

Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK
Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt

As the representative of one of the oldest European minority faiths on this continent, I want to reach out to the diverse Christian communities, the diverse Muslim communities, secular groups, governments and politicians, to help us stop this growing trend of antagonism and conflict. I believe that we have the responsibility to recreate an atmosphere of tolerance and mutual respect between the secular modern state and religious movements, in order to make sure that the experiment, which we call Europe, is not going to fail.

Politicians Need to Show Leadership and Get on With the Job

Alex Malley | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Politics
Alex Malley

As we enter 2015, the UK general election is now just a few months away. Meanwhile here in Australia the Government is facing another year of dealing with what some have described as a hostile Senate to deliver on its priorities and election promises.

Women Are Being Failed in the Global Fight Against Ebola

Gavin Shuker | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Politics
Gavin Shuker

Sadly, this is a cultural issue, not a medical one. Women's inferior status is brutally manifested in visibly higher infection rates, and analysts warn the knock-on effects of this deadly virus will also hit female family members hardest.

No More Page 3 Is a Huge Achievement - But There's Still a Long Way to Go

Morgan Goodsell | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Morgan Goodsell

I babysat a young girl last year where a copy of the Sun had been left open on a coffee table. When she saw page 3 she looked at me and asked if the image was what boobs are meant for! But while it's great that topless women have been taken out of the Sun, there is still a long way to go.

A Tale of Two Oxfords...

Peter Melchett | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK
Peter Melchett

Given that Lord Krebs could hardly maintain his 'it's a waste of money' position in the face of this overwhelming scientific evidence, he has changed tack, claiming at Oxford that organic farming is bad for climate change, because it yields less than non-organic.

Let's Start Supporting GPs Instead of Knocking Them

Dr Michelle Drage, MBBS, FRCGP | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK
Dr Michelle Drage, MBBS, FRCGP

Quite simply, demand outstrips supply not just in hospitals, but also in general practice. And with A&E and hospitals full, patients are increasingly returned to general practices that are handling more and more complex consultations with fewer resources.

Why the Biggest Tits on Show Are the Ones Reporting the No More Page 3 Story

Jenny Laville | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jenny Laville

No more sexism, that's chuffing marvellous, although I suspect what the reporter was actually saying is, yes there's no more page 3, and it was all our idea. Feminists don't go thinking you're clever, you have achieved nothing, so there's no point trying to change anything else.

Yes, Treating Stage IV Cancer Patients is Worth NHS Money

Heather Lawrence | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK
Heather Lawrence

What we are now seeing, perhaps as an unnerving symptom of the Coalition's austerity drive as it continues to look for ways to reduce the deficit, is a question mark over whether treating cancer patients who can't be cured is worth the money.

Taking a Holiday Is the Best Way to Get English Regions Working

Penelope, Viscountess Cobham CBE | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK
Penelope, Viscountess Cobham CBE

Of the 29 million trips made to England by overseas visitors, just 12 percent are to the north. Not only are these tourists missing out on some of most stunning landscapes and hippest cites in the world, but our regional economies are also suffering with England's £106bn tourism industry dominated by London.

Would You Support a Mayor's Strike Busting Transport Reserve?

Ivan Massow | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK Politics
Ivan Massow

TfL already does something similar to a reserve, staffing its tube stations using 'ambassadors' when strikes are on. But why not go one step further and use ordinary Londoners to help TFL run its services during disputes?

New Infrastructure Bill Puts UK Climate Ambition at Risk

Kyla Mandel | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Politics
Kyla Mandel

The UK's climate change ambition will be in serious jeopardy once the Infrastructure Bill is passed into law. If that's not worrying enough, barely anyone seems to be taking notice.

Shoes and The News

Sarah Wauterlek Pierson | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Wauterlek Pierson

I don't know how to handle the overwhelming heartache I feel when I read the news about the tragedies in Paris and Nigeria. All I know is to take it day by day by doing even the smallest thing I can to help humanity.

Five Consumer Themes to Watch in 2015

Matthew Oakley | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK
Matthew Oakley

Overall consumers had much to be positive about in 2014 and the start of 2015 has seen both consumers in their strongest position since our tracking began and continued signs of easing inflationary pressure (particularly on essentials). But that doesn't mean that there are not challenges ahead...

Homerton and Hebdo: Thoughts on Violence in and From the Margins

Dan Smith OBE | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK
Dan Smith OBE

It is one thing for some of the world's leaders to march for freedom of expression. Well done that they did so, even if some of them were being more than a little hypocritical. But freedom of expression should be used to help build a more just and fair world. Let millions march for that too.