UK Voting

Missing Inaction: The Politicians of Tomorrow

George Baggaley | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Politics
George Baggaley

Imagine a country where only a certain demographic participates politically, and in return receives favorable policies from the leaders they elect. Meanwhile, the remaining population is left on the outside - some without care, others simply unaware - while they are repeatedly ostracised, burdened and demoralised by the decisions of those above.

Politicians Don't Care About Young People

Rick Edwards | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Politics
Rick Edwards

I passionately believe that we have to stall this slump in the youth vote. And then reverse it. We are in real danger of letting down an entire generation. We need to force politicians to care by hitting them where it hurts - the ballot box. Which brings me onto Russell Brand...

Why Are Students So Disengaged With University Politics?

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Clark | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Nothing polarises the student population quite like election season; some students passionately throw themselves into campaigning and canvassing while...

The People Don't Know Their True Power

Tala Sweiss | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tala Sweiss

Wednesday 5 February, National Voter Registration Day. Politics and students. Not exactly a frequent sight to see those two words in the same sentence. However, during this day at Middlesex University first year students began their campaign for Bite the Ballot to encourage young people to register to vote.

Can National Voter Registration Day Spark a Revitalisation of Politics

Alvin Carpio | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Politics
Alvin Carpio

Don't let politics die. Let this be the generation that recognises the value of politics as a change maker. Today marks one spark in what must be the revitalisation of politics. The health of our democracy depends on it.

Why I'm Supporting National Voter Registration Day

Ben Ramsdale | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Ramsdale

Whether it's from Russell Brand or someone else there's been a lot of discussion lately not only about whether young people will vote but whether we even should. In a system which seems to constantly let us down, where politicians promise us one thing and then do something else, why on earth should we participate?

Let's Be Members, Not Citizens

Cerith Rhys Jones | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Politics
Cerith Rhys Jones

Might we be missing the point? Some people in politics like to think of the public as being a collection of individuals, responsible for their own future. Paradoxically, those same people like to tell us, despite what the vast majority of us are feeling, that we're 'all in this together'.

I'm Running for President of Twitter

James Thomas | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Comedy
James Thomas

You heard me. This is neither joke nor jape, neither jest nor jibe. This is real, dammit, as real as the fingers on my hands, as real as the piece of corn wedged between two of my back teeth since teatime. I'm running for President of Twitter harder than you've ever seen anyone run for anything in your entire life.

Ned Simons

Labour May Force Young People To Vote

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK Politics

The Labour Party has said it would consider forcing young people to vote, amid fears of dwindling turnout at general elections. In a speech in cent...

Make Politics Social

David McGuire | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Politics
David McGuire

Why hasn't politics - more specifically, voting and influence - transferred into the realm of smartphones and micro-thinned tablets? It makes no sense. There is an obvious social disconnect here.

Electoral Commission Wants All Voters To Show ID At The Polling Station

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

All voters should be required to show proof of identity when they turn up at a polling station before they can cast their vote, the official UK electi...

'We Thought Our Careers Were Over'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 29.12.2013 | UK Entertainment

Ant and Dec have admitted they thought their careers were going to be ended by the 2007 phone voting scandal. The Geordie TV duo, appearing togethe...

Vote On Your Colour Moment Of The Year

Posted 18.12.2013 | UK

Dulux is delighted to announce its shortlist for the Let's Colour Awards 2014, which is an amazing celebration of the most innovative use of colour ac...

The Left Must Unite to Kick the BNP Out of Europe

Peter Cranie | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Cranie

Leaving the BNP with a foothold in British politics is simply not an option. As an active trade unionist and anti racist, I hope we can build the broadest coalition possible to bring an end to five years of far right representation.

Russell Brand, It's Time to Stand

Nick Jones | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Jones

Ok, so I'm going to weigh into this ongoing debate about the growing disenchantment with our political classes. You know the one which has been rumbling along since most of us were born, and has recently got some more media attention because a well-known comedian has got involved.

Is Voting Too Cool for School...?

Sarupa Shah | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Sarupa Shah

Maybe it's me but making a statement is something that makes some kind of impact, a wave or at the very least a ripple, preferably more. Yet when Russell and his new political brand and the likes of Jeremy Paxman say they don't vote, they have a political platform...

Jeremy Paxman: I Didn't Vote, Either

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK

Jeremy Paxman has admitted that he did not vote at a recent election because he found the choice of political parties too "unappetising" - despite ber...

Open Letter To Russell Brand

Harry Deansway | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Harry Deansway

Dear Russell, I am writing this letter to you following your recent interview to promote your tour on Newsnight.

Russell Brand May Be Wrong - But Here's Why He's Right

Grant Feller | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Grant Feller

Arguing is good. It is essential. You might be wrong but you might eventually find that you're right. You might be misguided but you might take the debate to a more interesting place.

A Better Way to Revolution

Robin Lustig | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

I suggested a few days ago that urging people not to vote might not be the most effective way to bring about fundamental political change... Here are my thoughts on some other ways of acting politically without necessarily having to faff about putting a mark on a ballot paper next to the name of someone for whom you may have nothing but contempt. My slogan for today (yes, I know it's not original) is: Think Big, Act Small.

Russell Brand and Robert Webb: Two Comedians of Liberty

Nicholas Barrett | Posted 31.12.2013 | UK Politics
Nicholas Barrett

The appeal of Russell Brand's revolutionary ramblings lies in the paradox at the heart of this idea. Like every other ideology that came before it, negative liberty appears to transcend every other ideology.

Democracy Doesn't Owe You a Party

Daniel M. Swain | Posted 29.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Daniel M. Swain

The recent outburst of nauseating platitudes from Russell Brand has produced a reasonably lively debate over whether he's a prophet or a prick; I tend to err on the side of the latter.

Russell Brand: New Revolutionary?

John Bunzl | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
John Bunzl

But the question Brand seemed unable to answer was HOW to put real power behind those views; how to convert them into powerful, practical political action?

An Open Letter to Russell Brand

Jon Alexander | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Jon Alexander

Please reconsider your stance on voting and act positively for change by making a public commitment to taking part in the 2015 General Election.

The Dangerous Words of Russell Brand

Tomas Jivanda | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Tomas Jivanda

People are suffering now, Tory policies are harming people now. I know Brand has never been known for his responsibility, but encouraging young, left leaning members of society to not vote is completely irresponsible, and will serve only to further harm the people he is increasingly looking to provide a voice for.