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The 'No' Campaign Has Sunk Further Than the Jeremy Kyle Show

Will Black | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Politics
Will Black

Thus far the 'No' campaign has been rather more Jeremy Kyle than Made in Chelsea. It has been so shamelessly threatening that at times I have wondered if it is part of a covert plot to drive Scotland away. As we have got closer to the September vote, the arguments against independence have got more desperate and apocalyptic.

A Window on World Politics in 2014 - Cambodia

Paul Reynolds | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Reynolds

In the often opaque world of international relations, from time to time a situation comes along which, whilst not earth shattering by itself, sheds a spotlight on how the international system works and the need for reform .

Reality Hits

James Carr | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Sport
James Carr

One of the first comments people have made to me is how much weight I have lost. Whilst this is usually meant as a compliment, for a professional wrestler it is devastating. Wrestlers don't all have to be bulging meatheads, but it definitely helps to have a good muscular body and more importantly they need to stand out from the crowd.

The Conservatives Should Change Their Tune on Onshore Wind Farms

Maria McCaffery | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Politics
Maria McCaffery

An irony of the Tories tying themselves in knots here is that this doesn't chime with what the voters say. Poll after poll shows a clear majority in favour of onshore wind. And the same result happens if you ask people if they would be happy to have turbines built near to them.

It's Time to Fell the Students' Union Censors

David Siesage | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
David Siesage

What is the most damaging and pernicious phenomenon currently infiltrating British higher education? For many, it is 'lad culture' - the pervasive 'scourge' of university bars across the country. For others, it is sexism - widespread, deplorable, and often blamed on the aforementioned 'lads'. For me, it is the illiberalism of students' unions.

UK Smog Cloud Is the Same Old Pollution With a Saharan Twist

The Conversation UK | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK
The Conversation UK

It might seem strange to some that dust from the Sahara is falling on their cars in England. Stranger still, that Saharan sand is mixing with general air pollution from both Europe and the UK to bring about the maximum possible health warning for air quality to parts of the country. But air pollution is hardly a new phenomenon...

Northern Ireland, the Justice and Security Act and the Death of Transparency

Jason A Murdock | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Politics
Jason A Murdock

On the 25th of April 2013, the Justice and Security Act 2013 gained Royal Assent. The law - which provides 'oversight' for security services, the introduction of 'closed material procedure' in relation to civil proceedings and the prevention of the disclosure of self defined 'sensitive information'...

Obamacare: A British Man's Letter To The American Citizen

Karl Davis | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Politics
Karl Davis

Dear American Citizen, I write from the other side of the Atlantic. Our homelands are separated by a vast, malevolent body of water. Thousands of miles stand between us, yet still we share so many things, music, theatre, fashion, culture, history, high street stores and banking ties, and much more. Our military train together, and politicians lean on each other. We really aren't that different.

Nuclear Summit in Holland Neglects Crucial Security Issues

Behnam Taebi | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Politics
Behnam Taebi

Earlier this week, the Netherlands hosted the third Nuclear Security Summit (NSS). More than 50 world leaders where in The Hague to enhance international nuclear security...

Driving the World Insane

Jackson Bliss | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jackson Bliss

Inside our cars, we stop valuing human life and simultaneously overvalue our own time and importance. And because many people who work in the city drive back to the suburbs where they spend all of their money (becoming agents of urban sprawl), cars have become the standard accessory of urban economic divestment.

You Say Tomato, I Say Tomato - One Brit's Love Affair with American Culture

George Gabriel | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
George Gabriel

Readers of my very first blog will remember I couldn't have been more excited when preparing for my inaugural trip across the Atlantic Ocean back in the early stages of 2012. There I sat, carving out the words of my long-anticipated adieu to the green and pleasant land of my birth, to live my very own American dream...

What England Can Learn From the Dutch About Water Management

Julian Hunt | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK
Julian Hunt

Increasing evidence and scientific analysis is showing why these events are associated with human induced climate change. The related impacts are becoming more widespread and complex, affecting society from health issues to agriculture, from transportation to economics, and becoming more severe, long-lasting and costly with increasing frequency.

Give Scotland Back to the Scottish

Mark Piggott | Posted 19.03.2014 | 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.

Majority Of Scots Don't Want Independence

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK

The latest polling figures on Scottish independence suggests that more than half of Scots want keep their ties to Westminster. According to researc...

The Revolution Will Be Tweeted: The Need for Online Voting in General Elections

Areeq Chowdhury | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Politics
Areeq Chowdhury

We have a problem in the UK with engaging young people to vote. In the last three General Elections, the turnout for young people aged 18 to 24 has been less than half; the lowest of all age groups. This needs to be addressed and I have a solution. We need to modernise our democracy and introduce an online voting option for all UK elections.

'Behind Every Great Woman Is an Effective Quota System' - Is This the Future of Women in the Boardroom?

Frances Dickens | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK
Frances Dickens

Businesses clearly have a long way to go before there is equality in the boardroom. But market forces rather than quotas are a large part of the answer.

Could Sochi Provide the Thaw That Anglo-Russian Relations Need?

Ruth Green | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK Sport
Ruth Green

Although Downing Street has gone to great lengths to deny that Cameron is staging any kind of boycott, Bach clearly is far from convinced. "I always think if you don't have a dialogue, it's a missed opportunity."

Five Chocolate Hotels for Valentine's Day

Trivago.co.uk | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Trivago.co.uk

From our very own Bournemouth to Paris and Mexico, guests can enjoy chocolate breakfasts, cocktails and even chocolate body treatments at these carefully selected establishments.

To Pay Interns in Parliament, We Must Change Attitudes on Expenses

Bart Williams | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Bart Williams

Unpaid internships, especially those in Westminster, have been the focus of much attention over recent years. The image of MPs enjoying huge expenses allowances while their office interns sweat it out for their lunch is one banded around by some areas of the media and campaign groups alike.

World Trade Chief Warns UK Against EU Exit

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK Politics

Britain would risk losing influence in trade negotiations if it leaves the European Union, the head of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has warned. ...

140 Million Girls and Women with Mutilated Genitals

Davinder Kumar | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Davinder Kumar

FGM needs to be put on political centre stage. It needs the hashtags, the likes, the virals to bring the silent suffering of millions out in public discourse. Until such time 140 million girls and women will continue to be told that their genitals have been cut and mutilated to make them "clean" and "beautiful".

London, Kiev and Ankara - Three Challenges, One solution

Olivier Dupuis | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Politics
Olivier Dupuis

Among the numerous invisible elephants that haunt the seats of government of 27 of the 28 EU member-States is the particularly ghostly issue of the British question. The situation, however, is very real.

Raped or Tortured Women Seeking Asylum in UK too Often Face Detention, NGO Says

Katie Nguyen | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Nguyen

A vocal critic of the Ethiopian government, Sarah was arrested by police and thrown into jail where she was beaten and denied food. Fearing further persecution, a family friend managed to smuggle her out of prison and later, onto a plane to Dubai where she worked for an Arab family.

Storms on the Climate Horizon

Barry Gardiner | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Politics
Barry Gardiner

Science tells us that no particular adverse weather event either can or should be put down to climate change. That is just not the way climate change works. However, science also tells us that climate change will certainly bring an increase in both the frequency and severity of adverse weather events in general.

The Top Ten Ukip Arguments (And Why They Are False)

Kieran Turner-Dave | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Politics
Kieran Turner-Dave

Immigrants are not a strain on the public sector, austerity is. Moreover, if Ukip truly believe that "Britain is full", should the party be urging its members to stop procreating? Same-sex relationships would surely be far more patriotic?