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When Love Breaks Down - Why It's Already Over Between the UK and Scotland, Whatever the Outcome of the Referendum

Neil Gibb | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Gibb

There is a lot of focus on the outcome of the referendum in Scotland next week. What most people don't seem to realize is that whatever the outcome it is already over between Scotland and the rest of the UK. It was over the moment that Scotland decided it might want to leave.

We Mustn't Confuse the Politics of Hope With the Politics of Hate

Dominic Llewellyn | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Politics
Dominic Llewellyn

Next Thursday, Scotland will vote on whether it wants to stay in the United Kingdom or leave and become separate from the rest of the UK. In the last few weeks, the polls have narrowed considerably with one YouGov poll on Sunday suggesting that - for the first time - the "Yes" campaign is in the lead by 1 point. What's clear is it is neck-and-neck.

Thinking Outside the Union: A Parable of Yes and No

Jean Muir | Posted 06.11.2014 | UK Politics
Jean Muir

Let's be honest, at this stage in the game it is not about facts anymore: the McCrone Report, the Wee Blue Book or the shady (and very temporary) Scottish House Buying Clause, all have been shared extensively. The information is out there if you want it but you are likely to only consume and believe literature that supports your existing beliefs.

A Positive No

David Knowles | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK Politics
David Knowles

At the heart of the Yes campaign is a simple and admirable goal; to build a better Scotland for Scots living now and for those in generations to come. In fact, this goal is more than admirable. It is desirable, enviable, humane, generous and, above all, hopeful.

Scotland - The Heartbreak of a No Vote

Jean Muir | Posted 02.11.2014 | UK Politics
Jean Muir

The single most heart-breaking aspect of the Independence Referendum in Scotland, is to hear intelligent, thoughtful, worldly people list all the things that could be positive about a Yes vote only to tank it all with a hypothetical doubt and declare themselves a No.

What Is It You Really Want?

Ricky Ross | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Politics
Ricky Ross

There is an amazing political discourse running across Scotland that brings in so many people who, like me, have no interest in being part of politics and who have nothing personal to gain from the outcome on September 18th. But for the first time in a very long time we all go to the polls knowing each one of our votes really counts.

Mehdi Hasan

Islamic State Could Attack West In Response To Air Strikes, Top Terror Expert Warns

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Politics

Anglo-American air strikes on Islamic State positions in northern Iraq could "increase the risk" from homegrown terrorists in the West, the former hea...

The UK Skills Crisis Coverage Fails to See the Big Picture - A Changing World of Work

Mark Hillary | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Hillary

This is a perfect storm scenario. Countries such as the UK, with a history of dominance and empire and educational excellence, need to look beyond the obvious. The world is going to be a very different place in just a couple of decades. Economic and cultural hegemony is not a birthright and can easily shift to the east throughout this century.

Scotland, Security and the World

David Knowles | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Politics
David Knowles

'It would be cataclysmic for Scotland to become independent, it would aid the forces of darkness, it would threaten the stability of the western world' These remarks, uttered way back in April by the former Secretary General of NATO George Robertson caused a political storm in Scotland.

Managing Housing Market Risks in the United Kingdom

Ruy Lama | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK
Ruy Lama

House prices are rising rapidly in the UK at an annual rate of 10.5 percent. House price inflation is particularly high in London (20 percent per year...

The Three Best Pieces Of Advice I've Ever Received

James Caan | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK
James Caan

Whether it's in business or life in general, good quality relationships are crucial... if you're following the herd then you're too late... learn from your mistakes and go again.

Things Can Only Get Better?

Stephen Evans | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen Evans

The General Election is just 10 months away. But the focus of its debate is a generational challenge to share the benefits of growth, in an environment of ongoing reductions in public spending. The good news is that the current squeeze in living standards is not inevitable and there are choices we make to reach a different outcome.

The Importance of Soft Power

Stephen Liddell | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK
Stephen Liddell

Most people are familiar with what is known as Hard Power. The idea that someone with more swords, bigger guns and overwhelming military ability can force someone to do something against their will but which is almost entirely in favour of those holding the gun. History is full of situations, the ancient Chinese, Persians, Romans all the way through to the British, French, American and Russians...

England's World Cup Shambles Could Hurt The Economy

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Politics

England's World Cup team are not the only ones to feel down after Uruguay stormed to a 2-1 victory on Thursday night, as the markets felt the impact o...

It's Time for a British Football Team

Richard Berry | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Sport
Richard Berry

Wouldn't it be nice to think that our national sport, with its ability to both unite and divide communities, could lead the way in bringing the British people together with a shared vision of a modern, multi-cultural, multi-national country, albeit one with a outdated fondness for the 4-4-2 formation?

How Will Britain Help Iraq's 500,000 New Refugees?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK

Britain is to give £3 million of aid to Iraq as the first step in dealing with the humanitarian consequences of the bloody insurgency by Islamist ext...

In a Post-Snowden World, Can We Afford to Criticise Clarkson?

The Conversation UK | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Politics
The Conversation UK

I have no idea whether he is racist, though I suspect he isn't. Intended or not, ill-used words do cause damage but it is the presence or absence of hateful intent behind such remarks rather than the words used that define the mindset of the speaker. We can't read minds so we interpret that intent, by proxy, from people's words...

The ICC Investigation Is a Powerful Aesthetic Opportunity for the United Kingdom

Hilary Stauffer | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK
Hilary Stauffer

The United Kingdom should take the ICC's investigation in stride to show its younger, oversized, wayward little brother that there is nothing to be afraid of--and that global leadership in the 21st century demands constructive engagement, even with those institutions and organizations whose mandates you find disagreeable. This is a powerful aesthetic opportunity. The UK shouldn't waste it.

A Passionate Case for the Union

David Knowles | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
David Knowles

Of course many people around the United Kingdom are fed up with conventional politics, disgusted by the sleaze, expenses scandals and London centricity. But that does not mean we should give up on the union. Rather, we should be even more engaged in it to change it for the better. It is only by acting together that we can make the United Kingdom work for everyone.

If I Were a Scottish Nationalist I Would Be Very Worried

David Knowles | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
David Knowles

Simply put, the SNP's behaviour in regards to Scotland, the rest of the UK and the EU is, at best, blunt and uncompromising and at its worst childish, stubborn and dangerously simplistic.

On the EU, Britain Should Take Some Danish Lessons

Giles Goodall | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Politics
Giles Goodall

The British and Danish debates about Europe have much in common - concerns about migration (read 'benefit tourism'), a sense of threatened national identity, and the division of national and EU powers (to opt in or to opt out, that is the question) - but the tone and direction differ enormously.

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

Will Black | Posted 15.06.2014 | 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 14.06.2014 | 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 11.06.2014 | 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 09.06.2014 | 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.