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Why I Oppose a General Pardon for Historical Convictions for Homosexual Offences

NOTCHES | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Why is a general pardon bad history? The call for a royal pardon is incredibly ambiguous. It fails to take into account the full scope of same-sex sexual acts and behaviors that were criminalized, and therefore inevitably underestimates significantly the number of men impacted by various laws.

SHOCK: UK Lawmaker Links Unnamed Former Prime Minister To Pedophile Ring

The Huffington Post | Mark Hanrahan | Posted 10.25.2012 | World

British lawmaker Tom Watson MP sent shock waves through the country's political establishment Wednesday, when he asserted in parliament that a former ...

Who Would Jane Austen Vote For?

Amy Elizabeth Smith | Posted 07.31.2012 | Books
Amy Elizabeth Smith

If Jane Austen were alive today, how would she vote? Would the champion of marrying for love support gay marriage? Would the advocate of a woman getting to choose her future mate herself support reproductive choice?

British Lawmakers' Booze Problem

AP | By RAPHAEL SATTER | Posted 05.07.2012 | World

LONDON -- An increasing number of U.K. lawmakers are seeking help for alcohol-related problems, the parliamentary speaker said Sunday, saying drinking...

No Wonder the British White Working Classes Are Fed Up

Christina Patterson | Posted 01.30.2012 | World
Christina Patterson

Large sections of the white working classes in England, according to a new report, feel that, when it comes to things like the allocation of social housing, they are "last in line."

Ed Miliband Gives 'Robot-Like' Interview

Posted 08.31.2011 | World

Long the butt of punchlines for his nasal-sounding voice and geeky demeanor, British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has become a hot tabloid topic on...

The Curse of the Cult of the Amateur

Christina Patterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christina Patterson

We don't really need to be reminded that the spirit of British amateurism is alive and well. We can see it in a foreign policy that appears to be modeled on Carry on Up the Khyber, and in an economic policy that appears to be modeled on Calendar Girls.

Nasty Nurses? Tell Me Something New

Christina Patterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christina Patterson

Some people, on hearing that old people in hospital were being left lying in their own faeces, or with open wounds that no one had put a bandage on, o...

Why British Politics Needs Less of the Pantomime

Christina Patterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christina Patterson

If a colleague says something you disagree with and you tell them so, in a normal voice, without yelling, gurning like a gargoyle or maybe making "Wooh, wooh" noises -- then you're probably not an MP.

"First Do Much Harm": UK & US Conservatives Stomp on Healthcare in Unison

Martin Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Martin Lewis

You have to hand it to conservatives. When they want to stomp on regular folks -- they know how to act in unison. On the exact same day that Republi...

Gordon Brown Might Just Have Found His True Calling

Christina Patterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christina Patterson

Brown's face lit up at the sound of the students' cheers, as well it might after years of being publicly disemboweled in the media. He will be a hell of a lot happier as a community organizer than a politician.

The New Brand of 'Human' Politicians

Christina Patterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christina Patterson

It almost makes you want to live in North Korea. At least there, when a swarthy younger brother is thrust on the nation, you don't have to endure mont...

UK Labour Leadership Elections: The Brothers Miliband

Larry Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Larry Abrams

For a politician who will need to confront both the hegemony and destructive immorality of the world political-economic order as well the furious, defeated neo-liberal wing of his own Party, this is clever.

Insurgent Ed Miliband Ends the New Labour Era

Michael Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Carmichael

The election of 40-year-old Ed Miliband to lead the UK's Labour Party proves the existence of a vibrant progressive movement in Britain that mirrors Barack Obama's victory over Hillary Clinton in 2008.

David Cameron's Father Dies While Vacationing In France

AP | DAVID STRINGER and CLAUDE PARIS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

LONDON — British Prime Minister David Cameron's father died in France on Wednesday after suffering a stroke while on vacation, the leader's offi...

Gordon Brown: The First Interview Since Leaving Office

Christina Patterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christina Patterson

We're back in the post-prime ministerial car. I am determined to squeeze more out of Brown. I was wondering, I say, what the biggest adjustments were for his new life?

Why Has No One Noticed That a Hung Parliament Would Trigger a Constitutional Crisis in England?

Guy Lodge | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Guy Lodge

If there is to be a hung parliament, then debates about electoral reform will not only be relevant to party negotiations, they will be relevant to the survival of the UK too.

Lessons for American Politicians From the British TV Debates

Alan Schroeder | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alan Schroeder

By depriving the media of contrived sound bites and pseudo-dramatic confrontations, the candidates managed to shift the post-debate analysis onto more substantial ground.

Gordon Brown Offered Role on 30 Rock

Ruth Fowler | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ruth Fowler

Gordon Brown's '30 Rock' moment was sublime. Like Liz Lemon ranting while still on mic, Gordon smiled and told the woman he had just visited, to "take care," before clambering into his limo to complain, "She is just a sort of bigoted woman."

UK Election 101: Harry Potter & The Half-Baked Prince Of Conservatives

Martin Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Martin Lewis

Nick Clegg is now the Susan Boyle of politics. Without the Bulgarian tractor-driver's eyebrows and the public thumb-sucking. He's likely to remain the new flavor of hysteria for at least a week.

The 'Americanization' Of British Politics

Alexander Dresner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alexander Dresner

A noticeable and unnerving trend has taken shape in the lead-up to this year's British national election: with an influx of advisors and consultants w...

The Maligning of BP

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Brauchli

It's hard for the British not to believe that all our whinging is nothing more than wanting to make them and one of their prized corporate citizens look bad.

Gordon Brown Interview: the Election, Blair and Family Life

Ginny Dougary | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ginny Dougary

The general impression I had of Gordon Brown, while working on this piece, was that, despite, his mistakes, he is a man of substance in a shallow age. So the question is -- will we get the prime minister we deserve?

UK Election 2010: Let the Games Begin!

Eric Lurio | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Lurio

The waiting is almost over. Now, the number number two most anticipated election -- next to the US's presidential one -- in the world gets going for real.

Consensual, Civilized... Depressing

Christina Patterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christina Patterson

In his dreams, it can't have been like this. In his dreams, it was cheering crowds, tears of joy, hands clasped in gratitude, and waves of sheer, bles...