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Articles on the United Kingdom


Queen Elizabeth II. The monarch who lost sixteen realms. September 6, 2011.  

William and Catherine.  Will they be given titles?  April 26, 2011. 


Apprenticeships are back in vogue.  If Parlophone/Virgin A&R think they're cool, suddenly vocational training is seen as sexy again.   April 20, 2011    

Belt-tightening but still buzzing.  The UK's powers of re-invention are astounding.  July 22, 2011. 

Comparing itself to Germany.  Is the UK an inadequate competitor or is it playing on an uneven pitch?  May 15, 2011. 

London's tech zone boosted. Google adds its weight to the Tech City. September 28, 2011.

Neet whitespots revealed. Certain cities in England show the way in reducing youth unemployment, and raising training and edcation levels for the young. November 6, 2011.

No time for complacency. But the time for renewal. December 31, 2011.

Should bankers receive annual bonuses? They are contractual, and London is the global bonus capital, but should they be prohibited or capped? And how would that effect the UK? October 17, 2011. 

The age of steam returns. The Tornado sets out from Crewe en-route to Glasgow, a 510 mile (820 km) round-trip, heralding a new tourist-attracting phenomenon. September 22, 2011.

With the most pro-growth government in history. So says William Hague at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester. But how fast could the UK grow? October 3, 2011.


Civilisation existed in the UK before the Romans came.  Town planning, wine and olive imports and structured urban life in the Iron Age.  August 19, 2011. 

Failing to teach the English the history of England. An unfashionable pursuit gets ignored. How can society integrate without an understanding of how England evolved? September 30, 2011.


A head of steam builds against the EU. 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for a Europe Referendum, as 80 MPs form new Eurosceptic group. September 11, 2011. 

A party divided. Europe hits top spot once again amongst Conservatives as the Commons Referendum debate gets underway. Could the Party split? October 25, 2011. 

A slow climb out of the Euro-hole.  Again, well-intentioned EU rules hamper UK growth prospects.  A vote on membership can't come soon enough.  August 27, 2011. 

An historic and modern role in Libya.  As UK forces play a key role in helping the rebel advance, can Libyans rely on Britain's continued friendship?  August 24, 2011

Is IDS a Leader-in-Waiting? But not of the Tories, of a new and yet to be founded new Party? October 28, 2011. 

Facing up to the Unions. Not for the first time in recent history are unions slowing progress. September 14, 2011.

Leaving the EU quite soon.  The Euro-project is in tatters as there's little EU-wide resolve for Eurozone fiscal union. The UK should opt out soon.  August 7, 2011.  

London's burning issue.  Riots and looting across the capital spread to other English cities.  Why?  August 9, 2011. 

LibDems struggle to shore up support. Trailing in polls at 11%, the junior Coalition partners desperately try to distance themselves from the Tories. September 19, 2011.  

Marriage for homosexuals. By 2015. November 19, 2011. 

Needing a general election. But the timing is awful. October 31, 2011. 

Nothing in life is truly free. Especially in education. But in a civilised society education has to be. November 13, 2011.

Population rising to 65.6 million by 2018. The equivalent of the entire population of New Zealand will be added to the UK within seven years. Are Brits ready? September 25, 2011. 

The return of the Foreign Office. William Huague brings panache and purpose to a neglected ministry.  November 22, 2011. 

The unstoppable rise of UKIP. Britain's most successful ever fourth party makes headway from Euro troubles. November 22, 2011. 

Vindicated Cable?  Does the hacking scandal rehabilitate Business Secretary Vince Cable?   July 24, 2011.   

What price freedom? As "splendid isolation" re-appears, could the UK not simply focus on profitable trading relationships elsewhere? December 11, 2011. 

Will Scotland head for the exit?  The Nationalists are well ahead in the polls.  Could this lead to the break-up of the UK?  April 25, 2011. 

Social Issues: 

Should two men kiss in a pub?  A protest in Soho over a controversial decision to eject same-sex kissers.  Should the attitudes of publicans change? April 15, 2011. 


EPL football teams run up debts of $4.91bn.  So was it right to create the Premier League, when now its harder for England to form a squad?  May 8, 2011.

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