Westminster

The Real Problem With Ed

Iddo Goldfarb | Posted 18.07.2014 | 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 17.07.2014 | 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 10.07.2014 | 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 09.07.2014 | 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 26.06.2014 | 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 25.06.2014 | 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 13.06.2014 | 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 05.06.2014 | 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.

The UK Independence Party

Dr Andrew Crines | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Andrew Crines

The Conservatives are offering a referendum on Europe because they are scared of Ukip. The Labour Party is concerned about immigration because they too are scared of Ukip. It is this effect where Ukip can affect the political and social agenda.

The Visceral Hatred of Westminster Politics

Jon Snow | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK Politics
Jon Snow

The knowledge that the Scots will suddenly have what we do not have - localised governance devolved from Westminster - is in danger of generating fury. Scottish independence is likely to have a highly destabilising for the rest of us. We only have ourselves to blame.

Don't Say Sorry, Charlotte: Why Parliament Is a Textbook Neuropsychological Nightmare for any MP

Martina Keens-Betts | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Politics
Martina Keens-Betts

As Charlotte says herself, there's a very good reason for the delay and that's because she suffers from dyslexia, which makes reading paperwork difficult. But as a qualified coach, I believe the fact that Charlotte was prepared to put off the paperwork is a sign of her EXCELLENT sense of priority, NOT a sign of poor personal performance.

Living in the Land of FEAR

Rod Macfarlane | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Politics
Rod Macfarlane

I am all of a tremble, I am quivering in my boots, I am turning into a gibbering nervous wreck and overcome with FEAR!

Middle-Class Labour - Middle-Class Danger

Paul Blanchard | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Blanchard

I'm a member of the Labour Party. I was a Labour councillor in my home town or York for six years, and even stood as a parliamentary candidate for them in 2005. I've been a Labour supporter for the last 20 years. But yes, I'll admit it: though I struggled for years to dispute it, I'm middle class and always have been.

By Claim of Right

Rod Macfarlane | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Politics
Rod Macfarlane

These people of Scotland will not be quiet and do as they are told, nor will they let political parties or the media tell them what they can or cannot do, and it s them who day by day claim their Claim of Right, and the people shall have their day no matter what the Big Beats growl

The Religious Evangelism of the Easter Bunny

Rod Macfarlane | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Politics
Rod Macfarlane

As we approach the Easter weekend and the most significant time in the Christian calendar, my thoughts have been divided between David Cameron proclaiming to all his Christian faith and the matter of Scots Independence.

The 'No' Campaign Has Sunk Further Than the Jeremy Kyle Show

Will Black | Posted 15.06.2014 | UK Politics
Will Black

Thus far the 'No' campaign has been rather more Jeremy Kyle than Made in Chelsea. It has been so shamelessly threatening that at times I have wondered if it is part of a covert plot to drive Scotland away. As we have got closer to the September vote, the arguments against independence have got more desperate and apocalyptic.

Ringing the Changes in Anglo-Kurdish Relations

Gary Kent | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The recent civic commemoration in Westminster of the 26th anniversary of Anfal may come to be seen as a milestone in Anglo-Kurdish links thanks to the British Government's decision to send a minister to the event for the first time.