UK Politics

Cultureteca 06.03.16

Home Office Publishes Revised Investigatory Powers Bill On Tuesday the Home Office in the United Kingdom published a revised Investigatory Powers Bill, meant to address some of the criticisms and recommendations made by the Intelligence and Security Committee of parliament and by a Joint Select Committee which held sessions across December and January. Home Secretary Theresa May put the draft…

Cultureteca 03.01.16

Investigatory Powers Bill Tells Technology Companies to Keep Quiet In early November the UK’s Home Secretary Theresa May presented to Parliament the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill. It effectively replaced, offering in a diminished form, the Draft Communications Data Bill which May initially proposed back in 2012. Becoming known as the ‘Snoopers’ Charter’, and receiving criticism with regard to privacy, security, oversight, accountability, and…

Tax Credit Cuts and the Argument Against Constitutional Crisis

When it comes to mind, there is rarely much of a middle ground concerning the House of Lords. The second chamber of parliament in the UK is viewed by its supporters as a grossly undervalued institution, which makes detailed and meaningful revisions to legislation passing from the Commons, benefitting from being unelected in so far as this allows the expression of alternate…

Daily Visual 08.07.15: UK Summer Budget 2015

Today George Osborne delivered the first fully Conservative budget since 1996. With the Liberal Democrats and coalition government a distant memory following May’s decisive general election results, Osborne’s budget was a crafty, ambitious, and skillful political statement, in which he slowed the pace of austerity, and showed a distinct taste for Labour Party blood. The budget’s headline announcement was saved until…

UK General Election 2015: Roundup and Analysis

The United Kingdom general election of 2015, held last Thursday, 7 May, saw David Cameron and the Conservative Party elected to form a majority government. Winning 331 seats in the House of Commons, an increase on the 306 they took in 2010, the Conservatives will be able to govern alone, beyond the confines of the coalition partnership they have led…

Thoughts Upon UK General Election Day 2015

With the last general election in 2010 fought in the midst of the financial crisis, after five years of ideologically-driven austerity the UK general election of 2015 ought to have focused first and foremost on the issues of living standards – narrowly conceived as indicating real wages, which immediately implicates employment opportunities, tax rates, and welfare payments – and housing. Real wages have…