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UK's First "Red-Light" District: Leeds' Cruel Solution to Prostitution and Violence

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 08.02.2016 | UK
Taina Bien-Aime

On an ordinary winter day in 2014, Mary Honeyball led her colleagues in the European Parliament to pass a groundbreaking resolution urging member stat...

Top Five Musicals in London

Ceri Tinley | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ceri Tinley

MUSICALS IN LONDON "Great theatre is about challenging how we think and encouraging us to fantasize about a world we aspire to." These are the ...

Sixty-Year-Old UK Tax Deal Is Hurting the World's Poorest Country

Anders Dahlbeck | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK
Anders Dahlbeck

The Malawi Government desperately needs money to tackle poverty. Yet a 1955 tax treaty with the UK is tying their hands and making it nearly impossible to collect tax from UK companies operating there. The tax treaty is so old that it was signed by the British Governor on behalf of the British colonies of Southern Rhodesia, Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland.

Will The British Public Be Educated Enough For The EU Referendum?

James Cropper | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
James Cropper

With the referendum imminent, there are countless questions yet to be answered. However, with time running it will be crucial for the British public to receive enough information, which does not yet seem to be happening. The cards are in Cameron's hands, but it is whether or not he will leave enough time for campaigning which is the real question.

'Extremism' and Muslim Women - When Did Language Come into Play?

Yasmin Khatun | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Politics
Yasmin Khatun

The Prime Minister accepts that there is no clausal link to language and extremism but still resolved to make the link during his proposal. It might be an idea to look at credible strains of opinion around what leads to 'extremist' thought before he lays out his next proposal.

Sceptical or Not, It's Positive That Cameron Has Announced Mental Health Plans

Danny Bowman | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Danny Bowman

The long awaited voice of the tory governments vision for mental health services has finally surfaced but many mental health campaigners are sceptical it can deliver. David Cameron gave a speech on Monday about how to revolutionise mental health services in Britain and outlined his plans.

The Government's Commitment to Apprenticeships Is Admirable But Are They Fit for Purpose?

Simon Thomas | Posted 23.12.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Thomas

It's a system that's worked since the dawn of time; the master craftsman takes on a young protégé and - through practical experience - teaches them the tricks of the trade until they're proficient enough to start trading alone. Today it's known as an apprenticeship, and they're as vital now as they ever were.

Climate Change: Fracking for Natural Gas Is Mad, Bad and Dangerous

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

So if natural gas is the wrong fuel to use to halt climate change, why on earth does this government want to frack Britain to extract it? Why is this government so fixated with the extractive industries? Why not strongly support the truly safe, sustainable, jobs-rich renewable energy industries?

Air Strikes Will Not Work - We Need a Long Term Solution to Extremism

Jack Davies | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Davies

Within the next week Members of Parliament will be voting on whether to launch air strikes against ISIS in Syria. With many Labour and Conservative MPs in support of extending air strikes into Syria, it is likely that the first bombing raids will take place towards the end of next week. But it has not been determined what the government wishes to achieve by bombing Syria.

Climate Negotiations: An Opportunity for the People and Planet

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

Following yesterday's demonstrations in Newcastle and other major cities around the world, including the powerful 'empty shoe' protest in Paris, climate negotiators will be getting down to work today in that city at the start of the 21st conference of the parties to the UN's Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - more commonly known as COP21.

UK Steel Doesn't Need Another Summit: We Need Decisive Action From the EU and the UK Government

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

On Monday 9 November EU Trade and Business ministers met in Brussels to discuss a common European response to the crisis hitting the steel sector. This 'Steel Summit' took place exactly four weeks after it was announced that steel production in Redcar would end, leaving 2,200 jobless across Teesside.

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.

If We're Going to Build on Floodplains, We Must Ensure Homes are Adequately Protected

Simon Thomas | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK
Simon Thomas

As the wetter autumn months start to fully set in and with winter just around the corner, we can soon expect to start seeing UK flooding events hitting the headlines.

The Tampon Tax: Proof Equality Is Still Far Off

Eloise Hendy | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Eloise Hendy

At the end of a long, stressful day sometimes only a spot of self-indulgent pampering can help. A bubble bath, a glass of wine, high quality chocolate, and a tampon, fresh from the packet. What could be more luxurious?

Brexit, TTIP and Labour's Fight for a Fair EU Trade Policy

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

TTIP is being negotiated whether we like it or not, and its impact will be felt whether or not we stay in the EU. The choice whether to maintain our membership or go it alone will ultimately be a choice between having a say in our future or watching from the sidelines. I know which option I prefer.

Kazakhstan - A Country to Watch

Tobias Ellwood | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Politics
Tobias Ellwood

Think of Kazakhstan and the chances are your thoughts are out of date. This proud, rich and extremely large country has escaped the shackles of its So...

An Army for the Future

Philippa Greer | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK
Philippa Greer

In the wake of a new climate of increasingly high-definition digital terror, we must question the use of propaganda and special influence methods in modern warfare. States are dangerously trespassing on the prohibition on propaganda for war. We must seek to avoid creating a mirror image of ISIS.

Get The Grumpy Unfriendly Library Staff Out! (... For Our Children's Sake!)

J.N. Paquet | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Politics
J.N. Paquet

Nothing does or will ever justify public library cuts and school library cuts. Library cuts are unacceptable in the twenty-first century, in a modern country like Britain, and they should simply be made unlawful!

Mental Illness Doesn't Define or Label Me, People and Society Do

Kenny Johnston | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kenny Johnston

Mental illness is not difficult to understand and often can be easy to control and even, overcome. In fact sometimes, it's easier to control mental illnesses than the judgement and opinion of people, who don't have the time or compassion listen, understand and support. That's the real problem and the source of the stigma for people with mental illness.

Asian Suffragettes: Women Who Positively Impacted Society

Shahida Rahman | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK
Shahida Rahman

Sophia Duleep Singh and Bhikaiji Cama are examples of Asian women who demonstrated great strength and determination and played vital roles parts in the British suffragette movement in the early 20th century. Their outstanding courage in the face of great odds has made them inspirational role models for women of all ages worldwide.

Working Up a Sweat to Overcome My Mental Illness

Kenny Johnston | Posted 07.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kenny Johnston

When you suffer from anxiety, depression and stress, it can become a destructive mixture of unfounded fears and low self-confidence; though in placing on my headphones, hearing the music begin and starting to cycle at a comfortable pace, I closed my eyes, focused on me and what I wanted to achieve whilst in the gym.

Does Having Money Make You Happy?

Kitty Ussher | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK
Kitty Ussher

It looks like there is good news for people out there stuck in the rat race and wondering what it's all about, apparently there is a connection between affluence and happiness. So don't chuck in the day job quite yet then.

An American Tribute to British Gun Policy

Judd Birdsall | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK
Judd Birdsall

In the wake of yet another school shooting in the United States, I'm profoundly grateful, as an American in England, to live in a country where my children have no fear of guns at school.

Will Vladimir Putin Save the World?

David Spencer | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Politics
David Spencer

There has been precious little to praise about the regime of Vladimir Putin in recent years. His actions in stoking civil war in Ukraine and annexing the Crimea region is criminal under international law, his crackdown on political opposition and dissenting voices has seen numerous state-sponsored and the oppression that can be experienced in Russia by ethnic and religious minorities, and the LGBT community, is shocking and criminally under-reported here in the west.

Corbyn the Enabler

Anthony Davis | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK Politics
Anthony Davis

It doesn't matter if Jeremy Corbyn is elected as the Prime Minister or not in five years time. It's all about now. It's about strong opposition to the Tory myth of austerity, of bombing Syria, of the 'deficit'. It's about opening our eyes to the truth. The people will do the rest.