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Ukip Don't Have a Leadership Crisis, They Have a Membership Crisis

David Knowles | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK Politics
David Knowles

One of the biggest problems Ukip have at the moment is that, despite the best efforts of the often charming and eloquent man-of-the-people, pint swilling, cigarette puffing, Nigel Farage; the image many other Ukip party members project is of homophobic, unintelligent, misogynistic, sexist, and borderline racist little Englanders.

An Open Letter to Russell Brand

Kay Smythe | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK
Kay Smythe

Your campaign is beautiful and I am a firm supporter but the truth is that even if our tiny little island nation legalises every narcotic, psychedelic and hippy plant there will still be hundreds of thousands of kidnappings, mass murders and mutilated, decaying bodies left in the streets across Central, South and North America.

The UK's Chance for an Ocean Legacy

Jo Royle | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK
Jo Royle

The Claymore II had an impressive roll on as she trundled through a messy South Pacific Ocean toward Pitcairn, one of the world's most remote inhabited islands. I was aboard the 12-passenger working vessel nearing the end of the three-day journey from London to Pitcairn, a British overseas territory at the center of a proposal to create the world's largest marine reserve.

Sacred or Sham: Interfaith Marriage in the Sikh Community

Jody-Lan Castle | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK
Jody-Lan Castle

My husband and I had a Sikh marriage ceremony (Anand Karaj) in a Gurdwara in Hong Kong earlier this year. Clinging tightly to the ends of the red cloth draped between us, we walked around the Guru Granth Sahib four times...

The Warmest Day of Winter: Kindness Day!

Georgina Jones | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Georgina Jones

This year, on the Kindness UK website, I have pledged one of the kind acts that I will do for Kindness Day. I'm going to visit a nursing home armed with goodies to give to the residents and I will spend time chatting to them.

When Did Patriotism Become Synonymous With Persecution?

Jake Warren | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Politics
Jake Warren

Nationalism, patriotism and conservatism (with a small c) are principles that have been influential throughout British History. They have helped shape our sense of identity and define our culture, despite the argument as to what that exactly constitutes.

Extremist Terror Reaches Liberal Shores

Kokulan Mahendiran | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK
Kokulan Mahendiran

While it may be more comforting to consider these men but lone wolves acting upon their own deranged ideas, that no longer seems to be the case. In this age of social media and easily accessible information in which we live, it is no longer necessary for contact to be made for a message to be passed on.

Three, Two, One... EAT!

Gideon Burrows | Posted 06.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gideon Burrows

It was with this chant from my kids ringing in my ears that I take my place among nine other contestants at a chilli eating competition at a festival during the summer. Hundreds of chill enthusiasts stopped shopping for half an hour and joined the audience to watch us suffer.

Moazzam Begg - Case of the Suspect State

Yasmin Khatun | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK
Yasmin Khatun

Just over seven months ago, activist, human rights champion and former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg was arrested, arrested on the basis that during a trip to Syria he had facilitated terrorism (or so they said). Now two seasons later and just as his trial was set to begin he's been released with all charges levelled against him dropped.

#BritishValues and #TerrorLaws - Has Theresa May Been Reading '1984'?

Yasmin Khatun | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Politics
Yasmin Khatun

When the Home Secretary said "British values will prevail in the end" against extremism, if she's talking about freedom of speech, then she's certainly missed a trick. The fact that surfaces with the revelation of these measures under the banner of "British Values" is in reality a demonization of a single community - a community just like any other.

No Vote Creates Greater Uncertainty for British Business

Charlie Mullins | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

The dust has seemingly started to settle after the Scottish people decided that we are, indeed, better together, but it has led to a period of uncertainty that has the danger to damage both countries, the Union and our economy if it's not resolved.

The Human Rights Act and Preserving the Union

Jonathan Cooper | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Cooper

Across the UK, children have been the biggest winners, their lives having been transformed on every level by the HRA. Victims of crime and sex offences in particular have also been significant beneficiaries of the HRA. And the other identifiable group whose lives have been altered beyond recognition has been the gay and lesbian community.

The UK Must Take a More Pro-Active Stance on the Nagorno Karabakh Issue

Fiyaz Mughal | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK Politics
Fiyaz Mughal

The time really is now for the United Kingdom to take a lead in brokering some form of agreement based on United Nations resolutions. Leaving President Putin to play the diplomat and honest broker between both parties simply means that Russia's influence on the region is maintained and surrounding satellite nations remain subservient to its geo-strategic and geo-political wishes.

Uni vs College

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

I'm currently doing a study abroad year at a college in Louisiana. It is a small Jesuit Liberal Arts School, so I won't claim that I can speak on behalf of all colleges in the USA or universities in the UK, as they are all very different!...

Better Together: Democracy Wins Today

Alex Ratcliffe | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK
Alex Ratcliffe

Whilst Plato had rather unflattering views of democracy, believing the wise philosopher should rule the state, this is what we have and is far better than any other method of rule we see in the world today. The onus is on We the People to make it work.

Scotland Has the Chance to Take Control of its Destiny: Who Are We to Tell Them No?

Jack McSweeney | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Politics
Jack McSweeney

As far as the English people are concerned, a Scottish split ought to mobilise a much-needed look closer to home, where the skewed political and economic landscape of a London-centric England shows a growing need to address our own socio-economic problems. Perhaps the collected counties of Northern England ought to demand a similar referendum; try telling the average northerner that their voice is heard down in Westminster.

#ScotlandDecides: Is This The End of The UK?

Mark Hillary | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Hillary

England, Wales, and Scotland have been bound together as a sovereign state since 1707. Of course there will be some turmoil if that union is unwound, but whether this uncertainty scares you depends on whether you are thinking about the stock market over the next 12 months or the history of the country for the next 307 years.

I'm Voting Yes Because Scotland Is Capable Of Better

Fearghas Kelly | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Politics
Fearghas Kelly

The opportunity that befalls us on Thursday is one of an exceptional preciousness; one that has been campaigned for with positivity and creativity. It is an opportunity, at its simplest, to compare how Scotland is run to how Scotland could be run, and to find the faith in ourselves to make the decision that we can do better.

Scottish Independence: Does the World Need Another Border?

Will Porter | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Politics
Will Porter

There is something visually disappointing about an island with borders. When the people of an island feel the need to draw lines between themselves, it seems like a failure of human nature. In light of the impending referendum I find myself asking does the world need another border? Is this not a backward step in the progressive advancement of humanity?

Patriot Games: In Defence of Britain

Tom Johnson | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Politics
Tom Johnson

Unless you've been living inside a black hole since the early 1990s, the allusions to the current referendum must be apparent. For as a child of Britain, unable to affect the potential break up of the United Kingdom on Thursday, the naïve response is to feel this is unfair...

Scottish Referendum - A Very British Revolution

Oggy Boytchev | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Politics
Oggy Boytchev

On Friday morning, no matter how Scotland votes, the United Kingdom will never be the same again. Not because we might find ourselves at the beginning of a messy and painful divorce bearing in mind the chippiness of the SNP (Scottish National Party) and its leader, Alex Salmond.

Scotland Went Out to Buy Cigarettes and Never Came Back

James Dann | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Comedy
James Dann

If Scotland break free from the UK, where are they going to go? This week will see an important checkpoint in the game of life, and Scotland could potentially be leaving the UK. But with a country packed with over 78,000 acres and 5 million people, where will they go?

Let's Stay Together?

David Knowles | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Politics
David Knowles

'This isn't about England-Scotland or Scotland-England; it's about all of us, the whole nation.' He is right. By the time all the voting is done I hope will all my heart that we will still be a United Kingdom.

The Issue With Scottish Independence Is Not 'Yes' Or 'No', It Is When and How

Malory Nye | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Politics
Malory Nye

I feel in my bones that perhaps, yes quite maybe, that the time is now right to say The Time is Now, the time for Scotland to take charge of ourselves. A once in a lifetime opportunity for peaceful independence for Scotland should not be missed.

Scotland, Please Don't Leave

Laura Blumenthal | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK Politics
Laura Blumenthal

Either way the vote goes it won't mean disaster, but there is so much to lose rather than gain from independence. Please stay Scotland. We have so much to offer each other. We've always been there for each other. Let's hope it stays this way.