As a result of the revealed budget cuts to policing, David Cameron’s ‘big society’ proposal calls for greater public involvement in the safeguarding of communities. Much of this involves more volunteers acting as police officers and helping out on the beat. But will the volunteers actually be
Living in a democratic society where many actively uphold their rights and seek extended freedom, we like to be kept informed of the monstrous wrongs that go on in our country. When confronted with the gruesome facts of child abuse or rape cases, we respond with a public outcry and point the finger
War is always evil, but some thinkers have maintained that under limited circumstances it may be the lesser evil. From Cicero to St Augustine, Thomas Aquinas to Hugo Grotius, philosophers and theologians have proposed numerous criteria for determining if a war is just. According to contemporary Just
The UK has entered into a Recession and is suffering under a Credit Crunch, Unemployment is on the Rise, and Yet EU Citizens are being handed contracts to come over from other countries and fulfil jobs without them first being offered to UK citizens. Is this reasonable considering unemployment rates
There is a gaping hole in the public finances that needs to be filled. Everyone admits there will be cuts but the liberal democrats believe that there should be more redistributive taxes too. The British take great pride in our houses which make up a substantial part of many individuals wealth. Sho
In one of his first actions as president, Barack Obama has called for Guantanamo Bay to be closed. This proves that a new era and a new direction for America has begun. However, is this the right decision?
Britain is currently facing the option of renewing Trident. Because of the long planning time and the length of time it takes for a new generation of nuclear weapons and their delivery vehicles to be designed, tested and constructed as well as the immense amount of money it will cost we need to get
The UK is currently running a budget deficit of 12%, which is higher than Greece a country that is in particularly hot water due to its fiscal imprudence. Everyone agrees that this has to be reduced, but how quickly should this be done and how far does it need to be cut? No one really knows. Govern
The Scottish government's release of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the only person to have been convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, has prompted accusations that Britain ordered the release as part of an agreement on oil and gas.
The West has long been willing to entertain dictatorial a
An estimated 6 million people in the UK act as carers for a friend or relative, saving the taxpayer a staggering £87bn a year. Yet their weekly allowance is a mere £50-55 of income replacement. With the numbers of elderly people rising, the role of the carer is becoming increasingly important; a 2
It is difficult to argue whether the war in Afghanistan has lost all purpose because the purpose is impossible to define. Quite frankly, how much can we ever really know? Originally, Mr Bush considered it as a means of reaching Osama Bin Laden. Originally, it aimed at unravelling the network across
Most western democracies disagree with China when it comes to areas like human rights. Their inclination would be to speak out when prominent artists like Ai Weiwei are arrested. However getting into disputes over others human rights does not help the country making speaking out’s own citizens. Un
The Tories are doing just as would be expected, targeting benefits as a big area for cuts. The cuts are probably needed but are incapacity benefits the way to do it? Osborne has stated he wants to protect those in genuine need, but every government has a go at cutting out those who don’t need it s
The drugs cartels in Mexico are the cause of thousands of deaths. The US most of the time however simply washes its hands of the problem although it is a key reason for the problem in the 1st place. Hillary Clinton's comments go some way to acknowledging this.
In the last century Great Britain went from being perhaps the greatest colonial power to little more than a legacy in the international sphere. In spite of its lessened global stature (now ranking 5th in terms of world GDP, with one of the world's slowest growth rates) the United Kingdom continues t