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The United Kingdom Nearly Died for Maggie's Sins

Robert Kuttner | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Why on earth did the Scots, largely quiescent as part of Great Britain for three centuries, suddenly become the mouse that roared? It wasn't because they became besotted watching re-runs of Braveheart or Rob Roy, or even because they coveted more of a share of North Sea oil revenues. No, the Scots got sick and tired of Thatcherite policies imposed from London. Thanks to the partial form of federalism known as "devolution" provided by the Labour government of Tony Blair in 1997, Scotland got to keep such progressive policies as free higher education and an intact national health service, while the rest of the U.K. partly privatized the health service and began compelling young people to go into debt to finance college like their American cousins.

Remembering Tony Benn and His Five Little Questions

Michael Winship | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

Take a moment, please, to note the passing of a distinguished spokesman for the left, a man both firebrand and gadfly, of whom many Americans have never even heard. Yet what he did and said are of importance to us all and especially to the cause of democracy.

First British Delegation In Years Visits Iran

AP | BY NASSER KARIMI | Posted 03.09.2014 | World

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A British Parliament delegation arrived in Tehran on Tuesday on the first visit by U.K. lawmakers to Iran in years, as the two c...

Why The World's Richest Countries Can't Work Together

The Atlantic | Mohamed A. El-Erian | Posted 09.04.2013 | World

The West has lost its ability to coordinate solutions to global crises, from Syria to the long recovery following the Great Recession...

While Cameron Defers to Parliament, Obama Locks Into Warfare State of Mind

Norman Solomon | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The British Parliament's rejection of an attack on Syria is a direct contrast -- and implicit challenge -- to the political war system of the United States. Now all eyes turn to Congress, where the bar has suddenly been raised.

If the British Can Stop Their Government From Waging War in Syria, Why Can't We?

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The British parliament's vote against going along with the United States' attack on Syria is a direct result of that country's attempts to come to terms with the lies of the Iraq War.

British Parliament Votes Against Syria Strike

AP | RAPHAEL SATTER and GREGORY KATZ | Posted 10.29.2013 | World

LONDON — British Prime Minister David Cameron lost a vote endorsing military action against Syria by 13 votes Thursday, a stunning defeat that w...

Google To Testify On Taxes After Investigation Found Inconsistencies

Reuters | Tom Bergin | Posted 07.01.2013 | Business

By Tom Bergin LONDON (Reuters) - Executives from Google Inc. and its auditor Ernst & Young will be called again to a British parliament...

Will No One Rid Me of This Turbulent Company?

David Isenberg | Posted 09.28.2012 | World
David Isenberg

Now that the London Olympics are receding into memory and the world has moved on to other pressing sports issues, like substitute NFL referees, the time is right to look back and ask one very important question; namely, just how badly did G4S screw up?

Britain's Wonder Woman Can't Have It All, Either

Lisa Belkin | Posted 10.13.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

Anne-Marie Slaughter, it seems, has a British counterpart, Louise Mensch, who was a Conservative member of Parliament until last week when she submitted her letter of resignation to Prime Minister David Cameron.

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...

Is the Guy Fawkes Mask Industry Behind the Occupy Movement?

Harmon Leon | Posted 06.14.2012 | Comedy
Harmon Leon

Just like greeting card companies starting Valentines Day -- to reap profits and boost the sale of their products -- there are a growing number of skeptics who say that the Occupy movement was launched by manufacturers of the Guy Fawkes mask.

A 'New Generation' Of Talent In Britain's Labour Party?

AP | By DAVID STRINGER | Posted 12.07.2011 | World

LONDON -- Britain's main opposition party promoted a host of new and mostly young lawmakers into senior roles Friday in an overhaul of its senior team...

The Hardly Humble Hackery of Rupert Murdoch

Karl Frisch | Posted 09.20.2011 | Media
Karl Frisch

The idea that Murdoch would have so little knowledge of the problems facing News of World is preposterous on its face given facts readily available to anyone with access to Google.

WATCH LIVE: Obama Addresses British Parliament

AP | NANCY BENAC | Posted 07.25.2011 | World

LONDON — Offering reassurance and resolve, President Barack Obama stood in the historic grandeur of Westminster Hall and served notice to Englan...

British Prime Minister Slammed As Sexist For 'Calm Down, Dear' Exchange

Posted 06.27.2011 | World

British Prime Minister David Cameron has been labeled a chauvinist after telling a female shadow cabinet minister to "calm down, dear" during a heated...

U.K.'s 'Bloated And Dysfunctional' House Of Lords

AP | DAVID STRINGER | Posted 06.20.2011 | World

LONDON — Squeeze in Sir, excuse me Earl. Lawmakers say the red leather benches of Britain's House of Lords are packed to bursting – with P...

Banksy's Wife Revealed?

Mail Online | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Working happily at her laptop, she looks like just another unremarkable young professional. But this is the first picture of Joy Millward, the very...

Why Mo Mowlam Matters

Marie Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marie Wilson

Mo is generally credited with successfully ushering in an era of peace between Great Britain and Northern Ireland when she was the British Secretary of state for Northern Ireland from 1997 until 1999.

Misleading Campaign Leads to First ReRun Order In A CENTURY

AP | GREGORY KATZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

LONDON — A British court on Friday threw out the results of a parliamentary election after deciding that the victor had gone too far in distorti...

Conservative British MP Comes Out As Gay

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A Conservative MP is to end the "open secret" of his sexuality by attending the launch of a support group for gay politicians, says his agent. Ribble...

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.

U.K. Lifts Ban On Gay Ceremonies In Churches

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

The House of Lords has agreed to an amendment to the U.K. Equality Bill, which would lift the ban on same sex couples holding civil partnership ceremo...

Internal Documents Reveal UK Officials Misled Parliament on Armenian Genocide

Harut Sassounian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Harut Sassounian

A prominent legal expert, Mr. Geoffrey Robertson, exposed this week the false and inaccurate statements on the Armenian Genocide made by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Brits to the Fascist BNP: "Not in My Name"

Jon Cruddas | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jon Cruddas

On 4 June this year, Britain elected two members of the far-right British National Party (BNP) to the European elections -- the first time fascists have been elected to such posts.