UK Voting

Russell Brand Isn't the Solution, But He Is a Stepping Stone Towards Change

Kumail Jaffer | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kumail Jaffer

Russell Brand, poor Essex lad turned Comedian and Actor, remains a divided figure throughout the electorate; YouGov's poll in November 2014 showed that 46% of Britons had a negative view of Brand, compared to 13% who felt positively about the comedian. However, one cannot deny he has inspired thousands to question the current system we are living under...

Useful Idiots Nigel Farage and Russell Brand Are Helping Pave the Way for the Victory of the New/Old Tory Right

Rob Owen Bell | Posted 31.12.2014 | UK Politics
Rob Owen Bell

It is difficult to know whether novelty sock puppet Nigel Farage thinks he and his squinty-eyed troop of yokels have really become a force in UK politics or if he is in fact a fully paid-up stooge of a vast conspiracy of right-wing Tories who communicate via secret messages in the weave of their tweed that only they can understand.

Stand Up and Be Counted!

Phill Hudson | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Politics
Phill Hudson

Whoever or wherever you are in Britain today the sad fact is millions of people mainly the under 30's are not exercising their right to vote, under 56% of under 24's are registered compared to 96% of over 65's...

Hip Hop Artists Should Help to Engage Their Audiences Into Politics

Jessica Onah | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jessica Onah

Youth MP for Hackney, Ife Grillo, agrees with Cookie that Hip Hop artists can and should do more. He said:

"They have a duty and one way they can do it is through their music, through their messages, through their campaigns and really being the ambassadors that they should be to young people".

Young Women Don't Get Politics? A Response to Fox News' Kimberly Guilfoyle

Amy Licence | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK Politics
Amy Licence

Guilfoyle has not been smart enough to realise she been co-opted by a misogynistic culture, being made the mouthpiece for a worrying trend which she was in a position to reject. Luckily, the sort of young women whose experience she distrusts, often prove to be far more savvy when it comes to equality in the media.

He's Not the Messiah, He's Just Styled That Way

Nick Abbot | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK
Nick Abbot

I can't believe I am about to say this, but Donald Trump is right. The Donald has been in a Twitter spat with Russell Brand. A Twitter spat is something that no self respecting person over school age should be engaging in, so you have a measure of the combatants from the start.

'No One Ever Told Me About Politics' - The Generation Politics Is Missing

Anna-Joy Rickard | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK Politics
Anna-Joy Rickard

Let's start to take notice of a generation that is being ignored, and let's bring the energy and ideas of the 17 million Brits in their 20s and 30s into politics, and change our country for the better as a result.

These Findings About The Non-White Youth Vote Could Surprise You

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Politics

Black and Asian British people under 30 are far less likely to vote in the next general election than their white peers, despite being more interested...

Scotland Independence Referendum - The Aftermath

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

Through this referendum the voices of the Scots were heard, and they need to continue to be heard just as loudly in future. The people who are still hung-up on the result need to be mature and respectful and move on from it; but that doesn't mean that they shouldn't continue to fight for change in other ways.

Why the Voting System Needs to Change for People With a Learning Disability

Ismail Kaji | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Politics
Ismail Kaji

Voting is an important part of life and it is important to me. This is the same for lots of people with a learning disability too. A new Mencap survey of people with a learning disability shows that 7 in 10 people think politics is important and want to vote in the general election in May 2015.

Wretch32 Is Back - Talking Shakespeare, Statesmanship and Swagger

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jasmine Dotiwala

Jermaine Scott Sinclair - Wretch 32 (three-two) - is the son of a local reggae DJ in the Tiverton Estate, which explains the clear dancehall beats juxtaposed with his north London lyrics that are full of metaphors and soulful hooks and melodies, that will keep you humming for hours after hearing one of his hits.

Voices of the Scottish Referendum - Eight Scottish Voters and Their Decision

Rebecca Meredith | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rebecca Meredith

Regardless of the outcome of tomorrow's Referendum, Scotland will not stay the same. With 97% of the electorate registered to vote, tensions between the 'Yes' campaign and 'Better Together' are tangible.

Inheriting Scotland: Will Young Scots Back Global Millennial Trend of Togetherness or Seek Path to Independence?

Danny Bartlett | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Politics
Danny Bartlett

Data suggests young Scots see themselves as British and claims the digitised world may influence their vote to stay a part of the Union...

It's 2014 - So Why Are Blind and Partially-Sighted People Still Being Exluded From Voting?

Lesley-Anne Alexander | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Politics
Lesley-Anne Alexander

There are still a large number of people who feel excluded from important votes and who are frustrated at not being able to exercise their right to vote, simply because the traditional process has not moved on. How can it be that in 2014, people with sight loss still cannot vote as easily as everyone else?

The Flowering of Scotland

Mark Fletcher-Brown | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Fletcher-Brown

Nearly two years ago, I wrote a blog about the Scottish vote lamenting the lack of opportunity available to the 1.2 million Scots living outside the country. It struck me as odd that people, like me, who more than likely still see themselves as Scots wouldn't have any influence at all on the final outcome of the September 18th referendum...

Politicians Must Hear the Voice of People With a Learning Disability

Ciara Lawrence | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK
Ciara Lawrence

I don't want any child with a learning disability to go through what I went through - to be told you're worthless, no good, stupid. Around 200 children are born every single week who will have a learning disability. This is our chance to make a difference to their futures. The public is demanding the next government to make this change happen - candidates must listen.

10 Days To Save The UK From 'Sleepwalk To Tragedy'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Politics

UPDATE: Royal Babies Are 'Above Politics,' Says Alistair Darling As Duchess Of Cambridge's Second Pregnancy Is Confirmed Supporters of the union ar...

Giving Young People a Political Voice

Anushka Asthana | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Politics
Anushka Asthana

The fact that just 44% people under 25 voted in 2010, compared to 61% overall, is part of why those same voices were not the focus of this year's Coalition budget. Pointing that out is not to say that voting is the only way to have a political voice. For young people social media is becoming an increasingly important tool. Yet those that get the biggest response - from the middle class parents to countryside campaigners to pensioners and so on - make both these efforts. At a time when so many issues, from the cost of housing to university tuition fees to unemployment, impact heavily on Britain's youth there is an urgency to tackle this trend.

NUS Poll Proves Young People Do Care... But Will They Vote?

Dan Falvey | Posted 26.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Dan Falvey

The old myth that young people are apathetic to politics could soon be proved wrong. According to a poll by the National Union of Students (NUS), a total of 73 per cent of students are now registered to vote.

Students Are Not Disengaged - Politics Is

Bradley Allsop | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

We're not interested in short-term gains - we have a whole lifetime ahead of us and we want decisions that deal with the long term. We want something new, and we want alternatives in our political parties that go deeper than the colour of the rosette they wear.

Politics Is for All, So Let's Make Sure Everyone's Vote Matters

Rick Henderson | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
Rick Henderson

We'd all like to believe that we live in a democratic society in which the needs and opinions of everyone are considered, regardless of gender, age or social status. But is this actually reflected in our political system?

Ned Simons

Labour: If You Can Find Love Online You Should Be Able To Vote Online | Ned Simons | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Politics

People should be able to use the internet to vote in general elections, a Labour shadow cabinet minister has said. Angela Eagle, the shadow leader ...

Jessica Elgot

'The Rise Of Ukip Means No-One Has An Excuse Not To Vote' | Jessica Elgot | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Politics

Most young people eligible to vote in the European and local elections stayed at home, despite being far more likely to be pro-European than older peo...

Let's Get Heretical on Education: Competition Has Failed

Natalie Bennett | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

Let's start with one heretical thought: competition is disastrous in our education system and should be abandoned as a guiding principle. Instead what we need is cooperation - an informal co-operative of pupils, teachers, parents, communities working together to help achieve the best possible outcome for each pupil.

None of the Above

Tony Baldry | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Politics
Tony Baldry

Yes it is a matter of psephological note that UKIP are the first party since 1910 other than the major parties to have topped a national poll. However, I think we need to get a number of factors into perspective. One in 10 of electors voted UKIP. Of those who did vote UKIP, I suspect that a large proportion were in reality voting for: "None of the above".