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Labour Party Putsch: The Traitors' Dilemma

Rob Atkinson | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Politics
Rob Atkinson

The die is cast, the ringleaders are known, their motives are nakedly obvious for all to see. The Parliamentary Labour Party coup, conceived months ago to be hatched when the timing was right, has not gone well so far. Firstly, several previous anticipated opportunities have failed to materialise. Jeremy Corbyn's Labour was fancied to lose the Oldham by-election, but it held the seat and the plotters, poised quivering and eager to pounce, had to slink frustrated back into the undergrowth.

What Brexit Could Mean for Women

Jacqui Hunt | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Politics
Jacqui Hunt

Events in the world show us that particularly in times of great upheaval - often when they are most needed - human rights take a back seat. Whether the UK is inside or outside the EU, there is something very urgent that the government can commit to doing.

Things No One Tells You About Going Back Home

Roanna Mottershead | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Roanna Mottershead

Living abroad is an incredible experience. It changes your horizons, your expectations, and who you are. For most expats, there'll come a time when for one reason or another, home starts calling. Here's what to expect when you book your one-way ticket back...

To End In-Party Squabbling, Here's My 'Tongue-in-cheek' Election Reform

Beth Burks | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Politics
Beth Burks

Apply like the rest of us apply for jobs. The deadline for a new PM is September 8th which is 10 weeks away. Unfortunately, none of you are allowed t...

Brexit Negotiations Have Actually Already Started

J.N. Paquet | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Politics
J.N. Paquet

However, between what 52% of the British people voted for and what the EU leaders are ready to accept as a good deal with Britain, the new Prime Minister's window of operation is extremely narrow. Some strong headache, a lot of coffee and many sleepless nights to come for the new British PM...

Brexit: There Is No Right or Wrong Way

Jojo Furnival | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Politics
Jojo Furnival

WRONG WAY, GO BACK. I walk underneath this sign every day. Every day, on my way to work in marketing and communications for a charity, I look at this sign.

Time to Party: Britain's Going to Be Great Again

Paul Beaumont | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Beaumont

We've all done it. We've planned a party at our place, invited our favourite, clever, witty friends and then, on a whim, asked some acquaintances too....

Hong Kong Is in Urgent Need of Life Support and the United Kingdom Has a Responsibility to Act

Benedict Rogers | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Politics
Benedict Rogers

It is time for the United Kingdom to wake up and give its former colony urgent life support.

The Six Real Reasons We Voted OUT

Saj Devshi | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Saj Devshi

I was part of the 48% of the country that wanted to remain because although the EU wasn't perfect; the problems it faced were all of ours to bare. I can imagine there is shock across europe with many outsiders wondering how does such a big and multicultural nation that played such a prominent role in the EU suddenly vote to leave based mostly on issues of immigration?

What Next for the Labour Party?

Ben Seifert | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Ben Seifert

The country needs a strong and united Labour Party, it needs a clear-headed and progressive plan for Brexit, it needs hope. If the Labour Party can pull itself together and provide this, it has the chance to shape the future of our nation for decades to come. If it cannot raise itself to the challenge, we may be in serious trouble.

It's Time to Lift the Fog and Describe a Vision for Tomorrow

Daniel Singleton | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Daniel Singleton

There was a sober tone to Boris Johnson's and Michael Gove's response to David Cameron's announcement that he would step down after the EU Referendum, as well there should be, after the painful campaign we have had. What became apparent over the past few months, was that this referendum was a proxy, not for or against austerity or Cameron's government, but instead it was about what sort of country we wanted to be.

A Letter to UK Prime Minister David Cameron

Joana Keys | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Joana Keys

Dear David Cameron, This is what you did. This is what you did for asking a question that should never have been asked. You gave racists, xenophobes and bigots a government-sponsored justification to make us 'go back'. Did you ever think this would be any different? Can you hear the chants in Great Portland Street saying 'make Britain white again' all the way from your high horse?

Brexit Is an Ugly Wake-up Call - But Bremainers Can't Lose Their Passion Now

Elizabeth Sharma | Posted 26.06.2016 | UK Politics
Elizabeth Sharma

Yes, we lost, by a ludicrously slim margin, but our only (likely) choice is to move forward. Perhaps we needed to experience the gut-punch of having something we believe in and rely so heavily taken away from us, to understand how those in the forgotten corners of our country felt when they voted us out.

What Brexit Means for Social Justice

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

If we took these measures then perhaps we could grasp victory from the jaws of defeat. The current Conservative Party may be unlikely to take up any of these challenges, but perhaps others might seize this opportunity.

Choosing Our Next Conservative Leader: Maybe We Don't Need to Be the Nasty Party Any More?

Nicholas Mazzei | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK Politics
Nicholas Mazzei

Cameron is right to resign; not because he made any mistakes as PM or with the referendum. In fact, Cameron's loss is perhaps the most devastating impact of the referendum result... The question on everyone's lips now though is; who shall lead?

The EU Referendum Is Our Magna Carta Moment: The Progressive Case for Brexit

Jacob Furedi | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jacob Furedi

Unfortunately, we have become lazy; lazy to the point that we can't even recognise the EU referendum is our Magna Carta moment. Leaving the EU will allow us to reclaim control over our economy and our borders. But more importantly, it will allow us to reclaim our democracy.

Young People Should Vote for Brexit

Harry Maxwell | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Maxwell

As Millennials, we are the generation who have the energy, increased entrepreneurial propensity and self-belief to drive this change. So let's take the opportunity to build a country of the future, together.

Brexit? We're Better Than That

Marta Krupinska | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Politics
Marta Krupinska

I'm certain Britain being part of the EU makes complete economic sense. And not just for the success of my business, but for the success of the country as a whole.

Before Voting, Consider What Trump and the Leavers Share

Andrew Gawthorpe | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Gawthorpe

Only someone wholly ignorant of Europe's past, someone who takes the immense prosperity, security and civilization we have enjoyed these past decades for granted, could welcome this imprisonment. With the forces of division in ascendance and the dreams of unity buried beneath the cell floor, the only door out would lead deeper and deeper into the prison. How deep? We dare not say.

Brexit or Remain? As a Parent, I Know How I'll Be Voting

Shumailla Dar | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Parents
Shumailla Dar

As a mother of two and a long-time public servant I have real concerns about the pressures being placed on public services in this country; with growing class sizes, the lack of places at good schools, and excruciatingly long waiting times at my local doctor's surgery and A&E, I'm frustrated by the increased strain being placed on our services in this country as a whole. But I've remained mostly on the fence.

Brexit From an Expat Perspective: British Living Abroad Want to Stay in the EU

Malte Zeeck | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Politics
Malte Zeeck

Apart from those who are not allowed to vote, 18 percent of British expats not planning to do so say that they find the matter too complicated to deal with. Another 15 percent state that they do not feel informed enough to make a decision. A lack of interest or influence are each mentioned by 9 percent to be the primary reason for having decided not to take part in the election.

A Vote to Leave Is Just Running Away

Justin Huggler | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK Politics
Justin Huggler

In 1940, Churchill looked out on a Europe that lay at Hitler's feet, and vowed "We shall never surrender". But that's what a vote to leave is: in the end, exit is just running away.

Aid: Honestly, There's a Lot More to It Than Stats

Ben Jackson | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK
Ben Jackson

If you've been reading certain doom-filled parts of the media over the last couple of weeks, you may think that the debate about aid centres on number...

The UK and Europe: Friends With Benefits

Nikita Malik | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Politics
Nikita Malik

Why, therefore, would the UK not take up an opportunity to gain more freedom and greater flexibility in the manner in which it responds to its own security concerns? Exiting a political union does not equal to exiting long-established relationships of goodwill and cooperation. This relationship isn't working out for us, I'm afraid.

Why Is Britain So Afraid Of Europe? - A Guide For Perplexed Europeans

Simon Goodall | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK Politics
Simon Goodall

As a teacher of English in Germany, I am often asked questions from confused students about the upcoming referendum. Why is it being held, what is the likely outcome and why is Britain such a reluctant member of the European project? I've put it off long enough. Today I gave them my best answers to all their questions....