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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.

A European Union Without Britain Is the Last Thing America Needs

Tim Oliver | Posted 12.14.2013 | World
Tim Oliver

Some talk of a vote to quit the E.U. as the means to reclaim Britain's sovereignty, asserting Britain's independence as a "Switzerland with nukes." That those nukes would have to be carried on U.S. missiles shows the limits of that independence.

First Nighter: Rowan Atkinson, Helen Mirren, Terrific Others Occupy London-Theater Hot Seats

David Finkle | Posted 05.05.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Due to one of those odd coincidences, theater at the moment seems to be about chairs. Rowan Atkinson sits in a relatively comfy one throughout the flawless revival of Simon Gray's Quartermaine's Terms, at Wyndham's.

British Government Set To Battle Sharia Courts

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 01.09.2013 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

A bill that challenges illegal discriminatory practices in U.K. shariah forums is gathering support in Britain's parliament. Its passage will be followed with interest in Western countries under pressure to recognize aspects of Islamic law.

The Cult of Presidential Personality

Harold A. McDougall | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics
Harold A. McDougall

Over time, the scale of the presidential election itself has given the office a kind of larger-than-life quality that was not the original intention.

Politicians, Unions Hail Big Bank CEO After He Refuses Bonus

AP | Posted 04.01.2012 | Business

LONDON — Britain's leaders, politicians and union leaders on Monday welcomed the decision by the chief executive of nationalized Royal Bank of S...

WATCH: London's Big Ben Is Leaning

Reuters | Posted 03.24.2012 | Weird News

LONDON (Reuters) - The landmark clock tower containing Big Ben at Britain's Palace of Westminster, is tilting, while media reports Monday said the mot...

The News of the World, the Profumo Affair and the Planned Military Coup

John Fleming | Posted 11.07.2011 | Politics
John Fleming

I studied journalism at college - well, radio, TV and journalism. The man in charge of the journalism part of the course was the Production Editor of...

NDP: Unfinished Business With Integrity Commissioner Probe

CBC.ca | Laura Payton | Posted 07.22.2011 | Home

The New Democrats say they aren't finished with an investigation into the work of the former public sector integrity commissioner, even if a committee...

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.

UK Voting System Could See Fundamental Reform

AP | ROBERT BARR | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

LONDON — Britain's messy, unresolved election may have created the conditions for fundamental change of a voting system that has inspired democr...

Is the Prime Minister Becoming More Presidential?

William E. Jackson Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William E. Jackson Jr.

As in the United States, the United Kingdom's democracy allows for the distinct probability of selecting national leaders who win only a plurality of the popular vote nationwide.

UK's First Televised Prime Ministerial Debates: Game Changers

Rome Hartman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rome Hartman

The televised sessions have been crucial in changing the entire direction of the campaign. Gordon Brown and (especially) David Cameron must be kicking themselves.

Gulf Oil Spill Damage Reaches South Africa

Bill Allen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Bill Allen

A high-ranking White House official confirmed that President Obama had pressed the Prime Minister for a U.S. victory as a partial payback for the devastating damages caused by B.P..

British Expense Scandal: Four Lawmakers Face Criminal Charges

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

LONDON — Britain's chief prosecutor says four lawmakers will face criminal charges in the country's expense claims scandal. Keir Starmer, the d...

Gordon Brown, British Prime Minister, Mocks Rival David Cameron's Eton Past (VIDEO)

timesonline.co.uk | Philip Webster, Political Editor | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Gordon Brown produced his most combative Commons performance for many months today as he mocked David Cameron as a smooth-talking PR man who dreamt up...

Focusing on the Facile

Hannah Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hannah Fisher

Political speeches in Britain now contain little more than empty repetition, all substance is lacking. The British public has lost respect and will not start listening until a new breed of politician arises.

British MPs To Go "Clubbing" To Investigate Cocaine

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

British MPs are to enjoy a night out "clubbing" in order to learn more about the cocaine trade. The BBC reports that the House of Commons home affair...

The Declaration of Independence: Good Spin Plus High Principles

Lanny Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lanny Davis

This was pure political spin. Scapegoat the king, obviously an easier target to demonize than the collective gentlemen of the House of Commons.

Bonfire of The Vanities: The Arrogance of British Politics

Cedric Perrier | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Cedric Perrier

Politicians have long been fodder for the rabble-rousing editor of any tabloid, but when exactly did we stop respecting or appreciating those we elect to represent us in the legislative process?

Gurkhas Win Right To Settle In UK

BBC | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

All Gurkha veterans who retired before 1997 with at least four years' service will be allowed to settle in the UK, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has sai...

Lessons from the Cambridge Union for the British House of Commons

Stephen Parkinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen Parkinson

The search for a successor to British Speaker of the House, Michael Martin, has brought into focus the debating skills of our current crop of politicians.

British House of Commons: Demanding Justice For Armenians, Not Just Genocide Recognition

Harut Sassounian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Harut Sassounian

This continuum of massacres, genocide and deportations highlights the existence of a long-term strategy implemented by successive Turkish regimes from the 1890's to more recent times.

Michael Martin Resignation Sought By British Lawmakers Over Expense Scandal

AP | DAVID STRINGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

LONDON — The speaker of Britain's House of Commons apologized Monday for his role in the burgeoning lawmaker expense scandal, hoping to retain h...

"Prorogue" Eh! A Coup in Ottawa?

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

In the scheme of great challenges faces the incoming Obama administration, an internal threat to Canada's democracy just ain't on anyone's priority list.