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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Think of Kazakhstan and the chances are your thoughts are out of date.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.

Thousands of Jobs Are at Risk Unless We Save Our Steel

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

The Teesside steel plant employs 2,000 people, 1,000 contractors and is linked to 5,000 jobs in local supply chains. A further 50 apprentices currently on site demonstrate the crucial role that the facility plays in providing much-needed, skilled jobs to an area with some of the highest levels of unemployment in the country.

The Comment Section on the Refugee Crisis is an Unsurprisingly DARK Place

Lewis Barton | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK
Lewis Barton

For the last serval months, the ongoing refugee/migrant crisis has become the dominating story amongst European countries. Whether it is interviews wi...

Putting the Young at the Heart of Policymaking Is the Key to Tackling Youth Unemployment

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

"What needs to be done to reduce record levels of youth unemployment, and how can we ensure that the young are equipped for the world of work?" That was the question we asked ourselves this week, when 15 young people from the North East came to Brussels to hear what the European Parliament and Commission are doing to support their generation.

Time to Recognise Those Who Are Responsible for Bringing Investment Into Our Region

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

Photo credit: Rob Reedman Last Thursday, I attended the opening of the new Hitachi Rail Europe train assembly plant in Newton Aycliffe, which the com...

Of Refugees and Realities

Gerry Flynn | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK
Gerry Flynn

Somewhere as a species we made a wrong turn and ventured forth down a bleak alley that leads to the veritable knife fight in a skip that modern society is becoming. Because what else are money, economics, politics, state borders and so on, but a fiction in which we collectively believe.

The NFU Needs to Appoint a Head of Campaigns

Paul Brannen | Posted 09.09.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Brannen

Photo credit: Daniel Rowe While watching a TV report on dairy farmers removing milk from supermarket shelves I experienced a 30-year flash back. A g...

Allow More Refugees Into the UK: We Have More in Common Than We Think

Anastasia Richardson | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK Politics
Anastasia Richardson

We have a lot in common with refugees. Who among us wouldn't flee if faced with war and persecution, and try to start a new life in a safe country which provides opportunities to flourish? Our common humanity both obliges us to make room for refugees, and gives us a way to understand them.

What Should #refugeeswelcome Actually Mean?

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK
Jonathan Arnott

Get this right, and I want us to take our share of refugees. Not from Europe, but from the places where the humanitarian crisis is greatest: Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. I want us to provide humanitarian aid in those countries. Get it wrong, and our actions become counterproductive - easing consciences without helping to resolve the problem.

Faith in the Special Relationship: A New Report Argues the US-UK Alliance is Strengthened by Diplomatic Cooperation on Religion

Judd Birdsall | Posted 04.09.2015 | UK Politics
Judd Birdsall

This isn't about making foreign policy more 'religious.' The report cautions, "Religious engagement is not the preserve of officials who are personally religious, nor does it entail the undue privileging of religious factors in analysis."

We Have a Humanitarian Responsibility to Help Refugees

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 04.09.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

The UK has a proud history of welcoming refugees, including members of our families. As we face the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War, now is not the time to abandon our humanitarian tradition, hence we should and must help more. We call on David Cameron to step up and take responsibility.

China Sneezes, We All Catch Colds!

Stephen Fear | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK
Stephen Fear

We in the west can't afford for China to go into deep recession -the country's government is struggling to control this current economic sneeze but I am confident that it will.