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Scottish Independence Could Kickstart Social Justice Across the British Isles

John Bird | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Politics
John Bird

Scotland can do us all a favour and help relegate to history all the centralised, top-down control. As if only the nice parts of London mattered. But it won't be easy. Scotland already has the problem of being an economy that is massed around its central belt. But that will not be solved 400 miles south.

Too Little, Too Late - If Scotland Goes, Westminster Is to Blame

Alex Davis | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Davis

If Scotland goes independent they'll wonder, what went wrong in Westminster? In other words how, within weeks of the referendum did 300 years of union and 3 years of political confidence become a sudden and desperate battleground between Team Scotland and Team Westminster?

Should the Rest of the UK Care About the Prospect of Scottish Independence?

Ian Baxter | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Politics
Ian Baxter

Scottish residents are about to vote on whether the country should become independent. The rest of the UK won't get a vote (even if they're Scottish!) but the outcome matters to all of us for practical not just emotional reasons.

Before Next Week's Referendum, MPs Need to Make History With Michael Moore's Private Members Bill

Nadeem Javaid | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Politics
Nadeem Javaid

With less than a week before Scotland votes for its future, MPs will have the opportunity to #TurnUpSaveLives on Friday 12 September. This date is the second reading for Lib Dem MP Michael Moore's Private Members Bill to legislate Britain's overseas aid as 0.7% of Britian's gross national income.

The Flowering of Satire in the Caledonian Spring

Sara Sheridan | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Politics
Sara Sheridan

Kevin Bridges joked at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last month that in the wake of the Referendum vote in Scotland it was as if the whole country was...

More Jobs Is Not Enough

Alexandra Jones | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Politics
Alexandra Jones

Britain is rightly proud of its track record of job creation, but a successful 21st Century economy requires more. Ahead of the 2015 Election, it is time for all parties to face up to the changing face of the labour market, and set out their commitments to building a more sustainable, productive and robust economy that offers opportunities for all workers, and cities, throughout the UK.

Scotland Decides- But Decides What?

Bradley Allsop | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

I can't help but feel that we haven't seen the idea of Scottish independence properly debated, merely Salmonds poorly thought out vision put under an uncomfortable level of scrutiny.

Surf's Up and Cameron Needs to Stand Up

Will Black | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
Will Black

Without wishing to get all psychoanalytical, there does seem to be a parallel between Cameron's reluctance to stand up and surf and his apparent inability to stand up as a respected world leader.

Answering The Question About Big Ben's Clock You Were Too Afraid To Ask

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK

A team of experts has begun a job that requires a head for heights and the ability to keep a close eye on the clock at one of Britain's most famous la...

The Real Problem With Ed

Iddo Goldfarb | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Politics
Iddo Goldfarb

Whenever I see Ed Miliband trying to pretend he's a human, I'm always reminded of a particular scene in Mark Tavener's criminally underrated sitcom Absolute Power in which the oily sultan of spin Charles Prentiss (not so much played by as written for Stephen Fry) is sizing up dowdy Tory shadow minister Joanne Standing (basically a pilot version of The Thick of It's Nicola Murray).

The Unshuffled and the New Cycle of Political Disillusion

Nicholas Barrett | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Politics
Nicholas Barrett

The education secretary had to be dismissed. His unpopularity was simply unsustainable. Gove and Lansley had done the dirty work of overseeing unpopul...

Police Need Amnesty To Speak Out on Westminster 'Paedo Network'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK

Former police officers should be given an amnesty to allow them to speak out without fear about what they knew of paedophile networks operating in Wes...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Was There A Paedo 'Chum-ocracy'?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday 11 July 2014... 1) WAS THERE A PAEDO 'CHUM-OCRACY'? From the Sun: "The Westminster elite 'protect...

Sex, Lies and Scandal as Fiction and Fact Collide

Endeavour Press | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Politics
Endeavour Press

Blind eyes were turned when paedophile politicians, churchmen and lawyers were allegedly violating children... 'Inquiries were stopped because of potential political embarrassment. Major people with connections (in politics) were dropped out and people lower down carried the can.'

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.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Open Up Your 'Dirt' Books!

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday 9 July 2014... 1) OPEN UP YOUR 'DIRT BOOKS'! Will we see full disclosure? From the Times: "West...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Up To 20 'Establishment' Paedophiles? Really?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Tuesday 8 July 2014... 1) UP TO 20 'ESTABLISHMENT' PAEDOPHILES? REALLY? From the Daily Mail: "Failure to ...

Femen Stages Topless Protest Against FGM Outside Parliament During Tour De France

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK

Members of the protest group Femen have staged a topless protest against female genital mutilation (FGM) outside the Palace of Westminster during the ...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: A Big Political 'Cover Up'?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Monday 7 July 2014... 1) A BIG POLITICAL 'COVER UP'? This is starting to get stomach-churning. From the Time...

Behind the Scenes at TEDx Houses of Parliament

Alastair Macartney | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alastair Macartney

Because TED talks are so short, every sentence must count. The normal fillers, the waffle, the um's and the ah's all have to be erased. There's no time for them. The message has to be crystal clear, refined. Every single word that is uttered must add value...

Let Glasgow Flourish

Wasim Mahmood | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
Wasim Mahmood

If you are undecided or find yourself wavering in your decision to vote Yes, pause, step back and take a clear-headed look at what more the Union could possibly offer. One glance at the political, social and economic landscape before you is evidence enough that it is time to take a different course.

We Cannot Keep Supporting Labour and The Tories Like they are Football Teams, Riding out a Rough Season by Obidiently Turning Up to Vote for Them No Matter What They Do

Harry Cunningham | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Cunningham

I'm not a particularly political person. I am not a Marxist, a Socialist, a Conservative, a Liberal...I find it all a bit bewildering to be honest. And I'm not alone. For though most people have a plethora of views about the huge problems facing the country at the moment...

The Pomp and Ceremony of the Queen's Speech Reflects and Reinforces Business-as-Usual Politics

Matt Hawkins | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Politics
Matt Hawkins

Whilst we still have the same old procession, all we'll get year on year is the same-old faces rehearsing the same-old processes with the same-old policies. I'm looking forward to a year when the most progressive thing about the #QueensSpeech isn't just that it is has its own hashtag.

Noisy Rise in Extreme Factions Opens Door to Centre-Left

Mark Watts | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Watts

British politics is entering a period of uncertainty, after the relative and somewhat unexpected calm of coalition politics. But in Brussels the impact will be very different. The results across the EU will significantly alter the shape of the European Parliament, and the outcome will influence the formation of the new Commission later this year.

Understanding Ukip and Ed Miliband's Catch 22

Nicholas Barrett | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Politics
Nicholas Barrett

Tory appeasement of Farage really is futile; Lynton Crosby can brashly bully the vulnerable all he likes but as long as the Tories are starting at the top they will never be able to beat UKIP (unburdened by responsibility) in a the race to the bottom.