US Election

Message To Donald Trump: The Clean Energy Transition Is Not Up For Debate

Barry Gardiner | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Politics
Barry Gardiner

While Donald Trump makes up his "open mind" on climate change, the shift to a net zero global economy is accelerating on the ground. Although America's new President can hold back American progress, he cannot fundamentally derail the irreversible transition to a low carbon future.

Trump Means Tough Choices For British Diplomacy

James Sorene | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Politics
James Sorene

The UK needs to make take some tough decisions. A naïve belief that we can use our influence to steer the US President in our direction won't work. We tried that with the last Republican President and we are still repairing the damage.

Welcome To A World Built On Lies

Robin Lustig | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

So politicians tell lies in order to win votes. Who knew? But in the age of social media, when more people read fake news stories -- stories that have been deliberately invented in order to mislead people -- than real stories, the lies have more power than ever before. Sure, they may well reflect real fears and real anger, but they are still lies.

Jill Stein Will Be The Trump Administration's Biggest US Foreign Policy Influencer

Duncan Kenyon | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Politics
Duncan Kenyon

On Wednesday, Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein launched an online fundraising page to fund her request of a recount in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Before midnight, she had raised her $2m dollar target to file for a recount in Wisconsin and continues to raise money for a recount in Pennsylvania and Michigan.

You Say Trump's Not Your President, But His Presidency Is Your Fault

Erich McElroy | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Politics
Erich McElroy

It feels like a lifetime but it's actually only been two weeks since the greatest democracy the world has ever known choose its next leader. Ballots...

Jonathan Pie Said The Left Was Wrong, Not The Right Was Right

Andrew Doyle | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Doyle

In any case, I consider it a small victory that so many Trump supporters are now sharing a video that refers to their hero as a "pussy-grabbing, wall-building, climate-change-denying, healthcare-abolishing, tax-dodging, shit-spewing demagogue". Surely that has to count for something.

Trump And Torture

Richard Hermer | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Politics
Richard Hermer

The great paradox of the United States is that a country responsible for so much of the progression of international human rights (think of Eleanor Roosovelt) is also capable of producing an election for highest office in which the successful candidate's platform boasted of the re-introduction of torture. We owe it as friends and allies to warn the United States that this is a path that they must never follow again.

Trump Wants A Safe Space? LGBT People Must Call Out This Hypocrisy

Liam Beattie | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Beattie

Now, more than ever we need to continue to change the hearts and minds to the side of equality and reject the politics of hate. The resilience of the community is a key strength in our determination to create a world in which every single LGBT person has their freedoms respected - after all, isn't this the safe space you just spoken in favour of upholding, Mr President-elect?

To Ignore Trump's Twitter Tantrums Is To Normalise Him, His Behaviour And His Entire Project

Bonnie Greer | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Politics
Bonnie Greer

To ignore Trump's Twitter tantrums is to normalise him; his behaviour and his entire project. In a nation based on human rights, an open society, there is nothing "normal" about what may be ahead. Get ready to boo a lot... in more ways than one.

Caution: Dangerous World Ahead

Robin Lustig | Posted 20.11.2016 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

There is no point trying to deny it any longer: the election of Donald Trump has made the world a much more dangerous place. Suppose you are a national leader with ambitions that run counter to the interests of the US or of the Western powers more generally. With the EU in disarray, and a buffoon in the White House, what better opportunity will you have to put your plans into action?

US Presidential Election 2016 - Lessons Learned As A Young Fabians US Delegate In Florida

Louisa Metcalfe | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Politics
Louisa Metcalfe

We flew out to Orlando, Florida on 2 November 2016, with a week to go before the election to central Florida, a key part of a marginal swing State with a significant number of Electoral College votes. We were assigned by the local Democrat Party campaign office to canvass Hunters Creek, in Orange County, which we were told was the third most significant area in the country...

In Our Nightmare Politics Age, We Cannot Afford A Dispirited Or Insular Left

Bradley Allsop | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Politics
Bradley Allsop

If you agitate, agitate. If you sing, dance, paint, petition, campaign, teach or occupy, do it and do it quickly. Whatever you do, do it for love, tolerance, equality and hope: the fight isn't over, we aren't finished and we can have a better world than this, but only if we fight for it.

The Symbolisms Of Trump's Win

Maria Karvouni | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Politics
Maria Karvouni

Now, every one must stand by him. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have already admitted that. So, Trump must be supported by all with the condition that he will work hard to make society better and won't exploit his power for personal boast. If he succeeds, we would be able to confidently infer that his scopes were misinterpreted.

Populism's Hatred Of Diversity Will Kill Prosperity

Henrietta Moore | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Politics
Henrietta Moore

In the days since the US election result, much has been made of the 'whitelash' that appears to have propelled Donald Trump to the highest office in t...

On The Depoliticisation of Politics And The Undermining Of Dialogue

Julian Vigo | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Politics
Julian Vigo

Ultimately the horror at hand is not that we disagree, but that we are training ourselves and younger generations to fear disagreement and the potential change that can and does occur when two or more parties discuss their contrasting views. The spirit of dialogue is desperately in need of resuscitation.

The Destruction Of The Sensible Middle

Adam Hamdy | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

When you think of what's best in life, what fills your mind? Is it a moment of kindness? A favourite meal? A lover? A parent? A child? A personal achievement? Or is it anger? Hate? An argument? Fighting? Hurt?

You Don't Need Permission To Show Compassion To Your Fellow Man, Woman And Child

Ed Shepherd | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK
Ed Shepherd

With one of the most divisive election campaigns in history coming to a close last week, it's easy to look upon the way it was conducted as illustrati...

The US Election: Loss In A Liberal Heartland

Stephen Mayne | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen Mayne

Deep divisions have cracked open this country, deeper than many understood before. They know it at last. While one side celebrates, and everyone in the middle watches on uncertainly, the liberal heartlands grief for what could have been and what now is. Four years seems a lifetime away.

It's Time - It's Time To Stand Up For Human Rights In A President Trump World

Kate Allen | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK
Kate Allen

For all of the thousands of news stories on Donald Trump's presidential win, it's fair to say there's very little clarity on what his presidency is likely to mean for human rights. Either within the USA, or around the world. We're all working with scant evidence and a lot of speculation... Essentially, though, the problem is two-fold. First, the USA's human rights record is already poor in manifold ways and urgently needs improvement. And second, Trump's turbo-charged rhetoric suggests an impatience with the rule of law and international standards.

We're Misung Social Media - And It's Ruining Democracy

Jake Rudman | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Tech
Jake Rudman

But we also have the opportunity to use social media to broaden our horizons. If not to adopt other viewpoints, then at least to open our minds to them so that we can better understand each other.

What Kind Of Woman Would Vote For Trump?

Naomi Cooper | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Politics
Naomi Cooper

As the presidency of a man with a documented disregard and dislike for women unfolds, no one will pay more heavily for their own vote than these women. Meanwhile, when asked what kind of woman would vote for Trump, the rest of the educated, civilised world can only reply: a deeply threatened one.

We Can See Them Now, But Can We Hear Them?

James Hargrave | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Politics
James Hargrave

Without wanting to draw another needless parallel between the Trump victory and the UK EU Referendum result, or indeed rail against another monumental disaster for polling companies, we must ask ourselves why we didn't 'know' this was going to happen?

How Not To Lose An Election

Beth Prescott | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Beth Prescott

There is a sad and dangerous habit infecting our politics. It is happening on all sides. It is unnerving, unacceptable and it needs to stop. Now. Trying to shame people into voting a certain way does not work, has never worked and never will work. It happened again this week.

The Economic And Social Media Aspect Of Donald Trump's Victory

Paul McNeil | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Politics
Paul McNeil

Donald Trump saw no reason to spend nearly a billion dollars as his Democrat rivals resorted to. And yet he was able to connect directly to people from all walks of life, even though some chose not to listen. But he was there, speaking about their everyday problems. He especially emphasized the economic woes of many. And the medium was none other than social media.

Trump's Twitter Triumph: How Social Media Changed The Game At The US Election

Mark Hawtin | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Tech
Mark Hawtin

Obama was the first President to embrace digital media in his 2008 election campaign. He understood the power of the internet to get people engaged on a scale like never before . Lessons were learnt and future candidates begun to understand the importance of this new medium, although Trump and Clinton ultimately took very different approaches.