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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...

Victims of Child Sexual Exploitation Overlooked

Javed Khan | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK
Javed Khan

High profile child sexual exploitation cases (CSE) like those in Rotherham and Rochdale have led many people to assume that all CSE victims are white British girls. But it's not the case. Worryingly, this stereotype highlighted in our report 'It's not on the radar', means that some front-line workers may be missing children affected by CSE.

Creating a Culture of Caring: Primary Schools Have a Key Role to Play in Supporting our Children's Emotional Health

Lauren Carter-Davies | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK
Lauren Carter-Davies

Whilst discrete programmes to prevent emotional difficulties or support social and emotional learning may be successful in some schools, no single programme is going to be the magic wand for all children in all schools. Rather what is needed now is a new coordinated approach which combines different areas of activities and integrates all policies, staff and external professionals.

Tobacco Lobbyists Puff-Up eCigarette Prices

Rob Comley | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK Politics
Rob Comley

Whilst reading the paper on yesterday morning's commute into work, you may have been amazed to read plans of a tax hike from Brussels which will send ...

Refugees: Why Don't EU Leaders Share the Burden?

Mark Hillary | Posted 21.02.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Hillary

So here is a radical thought. Why don't the EU member states actually work together for once? Why not share the cost of processing them wherever they arrive and then offer a safe new place to live in any one of the 28 member nations based on existing population size.

Why Wage Growth Will Likely Be Lower for Longer

Michael Martins | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK Politics
Michael Martins

It is likely that wage growth will continue to be low while productivity will continue to disappoint when compared to neighbours near and afar. At the same time, the very things that underpin those less than rosy figures are the factors driving the UK's strong economic performance in a rather lacklustre global economy.

Let HSBC Go, We Don't Need Them

Youssef El-Gingihy | Posted 15.02.2016 | UK
Youssef El-Gingihy

So the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation have decided to stay put in the UK. Should we start the celebrations? Or perhaps we should put the champagne on ice. Because, wait for it, yes trickle-down economics doesn't actually work.

UK's First "Red-Light" District: Leeds' Cruel Solution to Prostitution and Violence

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 08.02.2016 | UK
Taina Bien-Aime

On an ordinary winter day in 2014, Mary Honeyball led her colleagues in the European Parliament to pass a groundbreaking resolution urging member stat...

Top Five Musicals in London

Ceri Tinley | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ceri Tinley

MUSICALS IN LONDON "Great theatre is about challenging how we think and encouraging us to fantasize about a world we aspire to." These are the ...

Sixty-Year-Old UK Tax Deal Is Hurting the World's Poorest Country

Anders Dahlbeck | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK
Anders Dahlbeck

The Malawi Government desperately needs money to tackle poverty. Yet a 1955 tax treaty with the UK is tying their hands and making it nearly impossible to collect tax from UK companies operating there. The tax treaty is so old that it was signed by the British Governor on behalf of the British colonies of Southern Rhodesia, Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland.

Will The British Public Be Educated Enough For The EU Referendum?

James Cropper | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
James Cropper

With the referendum imminent, there are countless questions yet to be answered. However, with time running it will be crucial for the British public to receive enough information, which does not yet seem to be happening. The cards are in Cameron's hands, but it is whether or not he will leave enough time for campaigning which is the real question.