by Anoosh Chakelian / 14 Jun 2013 17:08
Democracy in 3D. No, it's not when you get to the polling booth, twizzling a sweaty pencil in your disillusioned palm, trying to decide where to put your cross of disappointment, when you suddenly have to pay £2 extra for huge, black-rimmed glasses to see the whole sorry process in three dimensions. And end up with a headache for your troubles.
No, it's all to do with 3D printing - you know those stories about that extremely
by Justin Cash / 14 Jun 2013 11:39
Last weekend, rumours surfaced that David Cameron is prepared to give his parliamentary pack another shuffle in the coming month. The chief beneficiaries could be some of the breakthrough members of the 2010 intake; ministers Liz Truss and Sajid Javid, along with assistant whips Nicky Morgan and Karen Bradley, are all reported to be in line for higher office.
Though no “major changes” are expected, tinkering with the makeup of government does seem to be
by Stephen Parkinson / 14 Jun 2013 10:35
Who but the Ministry of Justice could be surprised by last week’s 13,000 or so expert submissions responding to the Government’s consultation document “Transforming Legal Aid: Delivering a More Credible and Efficient System.” That so many practitioners, academics, NGOs and others involved in our criminal justice system should speak out, with such an impassioned and unified voice, is due to the widespread belief that these proposals are critically flawed, delivering neither credibility nor efficiency.
by Emily Stacey / 14 Jun 2013 09:53
Back in January this year, Foreign Secretary William Hague stood in the House of Commons and stated that the UK government was “stepping up” its approach to the Syrian conflict and confirmed that “all options are open” in responding to the crisis. Back then, the idea of military intervention seemed possible. Now, five months later, it appears that a decision on whether the West should assist in arming the Syrian rebels is imminent.
by Ashley Ames / 13 Jun 2013 15:47
Ipsos MORI’s issues index finds that public concern around crime is at its lowest level for 20 years. Indeed, the last time that so few of us highlighted crime as one of the key national issues, the country was just edging its way out of the last recession whilst the PM John Major was announcing plans to close coal mines and the Queen was about to famously surmise the year as Read more…
by Seb McCarthy / 13 Jun 2013 15:29
The well-known ‘hierarchy of needs’, championed by American psychologist Abraham Maslow, proposes that the most basic level of needs - such as food - must be met before the individual will strongly desire (or focus motivation upon) higher level need, such as love or belonging, or care for the environment.
This hierarchy is often reflected in political priorities, and one current debate where this may be seen is the discussion over prioritising house building over
by Toby Youell / 06 Jun 2013 13:20
This article is from the June 2013 issue of Total Politics
Eddie Izzard: Force Majeure World Tour
Possibly in a bid to raise funds for his future mayoral campaign, Eddie Izzard is on his largest ever world tour. The tour includes 25 countries in two months, including two days at London’s 02 Arena. Izzard has promised the show will be “a bit of
by Imogen Parker / 06 Jun 2013 12:20
It’s official. Liz Truss’ plans to relax childcare ratios for the young children are now “dead in the water”. It’s welcome news that Nick Clegg has listened to experts, considered the evidence and rethought ratio reform.
This morning’s news will no doubt cause celebration in the sector (with petitions lobbying the government to reconsider easily crossing the 50,000 mark), and with good cause. The proposals to loosen ratios in the hopes this would
by Justin Cash / 05 Jun 2013 09:31
“Trying to convince people to take on apprentices isn’t easy” explains government apprenticeship ambassador and Liberal Democrat MP for Burnley Gordon Birtwistle. “It’s a no-brainer, but try explaining it to people who are really clever but don’t have one ounce of common sense; they just don’t get it.”
Fresh into the role to which he was appointed in March, straight talking Birtwistle is leading a revitalised effort to sell the merits of apprentices to
by Jamie Reed MP / 04 Jun 2013 18:45
That there is now a crisis engulfing England’s A&E services is indisputable. This crisis was made in 10 Downing Street and this crisis was avoidable. Inexplicably, this crisis is being ignored by a Health Secretary who, with each passing catastrophe, demonstrates his inability to run the NHS.
A recent Freedom of Information request submitted to the Department of Health shows that Jeremy Hunt had spent six months as Health Secretary before visiting his first A&E
by Nick Tyrone / 04 Jun 2013 12:00
In the wake of the Patrick Mercer scandal, and the parallel incidents in the House of Lords, Francis Maude and Nick Clegg’s announcements on both a lobbying register and MP recall will be welcomed in some quarters. I happen to think that if you really want to end corruption in parliament, bigger changes are required.
Let’s start with the lobbying register. The first thing that should set alarm bells ringing for those who think this
03 Jun 2013 14:34
What does the Vice President of the US actually have to do besides the duties the President chooses to avoid? Readers can be in with a chance of finding out, by entering our competition to win a DVD of Veep Season 1.
Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus in her recent Emmy award-winning turn as Vice President Selina Meyer (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series), Veep is an up-close and politically (in)correct look at the daily successes and disappointments