United Kingdom

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....

The Circus Act: The Archaic Use of Animals for Entertainment

Stephanie Allen | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Stephanie Allen

Zebras, camels, a fox and a raccoon are among the animals being used in two licensed circuses in England at the moment. In Ireland, elephants and big cats are being used again this year and at present it is legal to use any animal in English circuses as long as the circus is licensed.

EU Immigration to the UK: A Silent Invasion?

Dyfed Loesche | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Politics
Dyfed Loesche

Foreigners for sure bring change. But things, and people, need to be on the move for history to happen. As in many other cases, going into retreat is not an option and won't benefit anybody in the long-run...

Police and Crime Commissioners: The Forgotten Elections

Kenneth Bunker | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Politics
Kenneth Bunker

While it seems overwhelming likely that Conservative and Labour and independents will dominate the upcoming elections, it is positive news that other parties have decided to increase their number of candidates fielded. This is important for diversity of views in the institution. The prospects of a higher turnout is also good news, given that higher participation levels are associated with a stronger perception of legitimacy. It would be a great triumph for the newly established elections.

Outrage in Ireland at Mental Health Debate Attendance

Ciara Kelleher | Posted 29.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Kelleher

In the last couple of years, Ireland has had to deal with many difficulties. A lot of it began with the Recession in 2008. In 2016, the country has j...

Pacifism is Not Passivism

Iris Maxfield | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Iris Maxfield

I'm a pacifist and I will fight for this cause.

The EU Referendum: The Importance of Your Vote

Daniel W Smith | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Politics
Daniel W Smith

On Thursday 23rd June the people of Britain will vote on our membership of the European Union, an issue that will shape the future of our country more so than an any other issue. It has never been more important to make sure that you're registered to vote. I won't tell you how to vote but I will present the arguments to support staying in the European Union. I am of the opinion that the benefits far outweigh any perceived negatives.

The Failure of Prevent: "Protecting" Children From Radicalisation

Julian Vigo | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK
Julian Vigo

The UK's Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, has been actively working to educate parents and educators about radicalisation and extremism in the hopes...

Christian Evangelism: Should the Law Now Intervene?

Benjamin Chang | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Benjamin Chang

Over the past month, there has been a series of independent but bizarrely similar news stories regarding the castigation of evangelical Christians in the UK, for advocating the belief in their religion. Each incident has involved a self- professed Christian attempting to convert or discuss their religion with a friend or relative, and each has culminated in a court ruling and/or appeal.

The Conservatives - We are the Nasty Party

Nicholas Mazzei | Posted 10.04.2016 | UK Politics
Nicholas Mazzei

We aren't carrying out tough love anymore. Now, we are carrying out acts that are arrogant, short-minded and unnecessarily painful to people in the UK, who are starting to see our party for what it is. Nasty.

What Effect Would a Trump Presidency Have on the 'Special Relationship' Between Britain and the United States?

Lewis Barton | Posted 01.04.2016 | UK Politics
Lewis Barton

You'd like to think that a Trump presidency could not possibly end a friendship that has spanned over one hundred years and two World Wars. Yet, it's very clear that the policies Trump is currently proposing would put America at great odds with their closest ally...