Ed Miliband Unveils 10-Year Plan to...

Labour Leader Ed Miliband is slated to pledge more funding to improve the health service in the United Kingdom after unveiling a 10-year plan to help ...


Ashya’s Parents Struggle Against ...

Brett and Naghemeh King, of 51 and 45 years of age respectively, are currently fighting against returning to Britain after leaving with their son, Ash...


New Domestic Violence Crime Will In...

Simple cases, such as partners physically abusing their wives, would definitely give the police department the right to intervene. However, manipulati...


UK Might Re-Deploy Troops to Afghan...

According to General Sir Peter Wall of the Chief of the General Staff, the United Kingdom may re-deploy the British Army in Afghanistan should terrori...

Ed Miliband Unveils 10-Year Plan to Restore Britain, Focuses on NHS Improvements

Labour Leader Ed Miliband is slated to pledge more funding to improve the health service in the United Kingdom after unveiling a 10-year plan to help rebuild Britain including Scotland.

UK political analysts believe that Miliband will state in his speech that more funding will be allocated to the National Health Service and Social Care, and also the commitment of the Labour Party to have more fiscal discipline to achieve a “world-class” lifestyle in the UK without “big spending.”

Ed Miliband’s 10-year plan will include having people buy 400,000 homes each year to improve the real economy, boosting apprenticeship until it matches the number of students heading to the university, reducing the number of low-paid workers and investing in “green” technology to create millions of jobs is part of his “national mission.”

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls had confirmed spending control tightness on Monday. This included strictly holding onto higher borrowing. However, he warned about significant cuts to child benefit and other “tough decisions” for Westminster for the 10 year plan.

Miliband will say in his speech that Scots who voted “Yes” in the Scottish Independence Referendum that “they felt they had nothing to lose by quitting the UK.” He will also say “Our task is to restore people’s faith in the future” with his plan by “breaking up with the old way of doing things, break with the past.”


Ashya’s Parents Struggle Against Returning to Britain

Brett and Naghemeh King, of 51 and 45 years of age respectively, are currently fighting against returning to Britain after leaving with their son, Ashya, who has a brain tumour, despite medical orders to remain hospitalised. Their disappearance along with their six children abroad to pursue a proton beam therapy for Ashya had a European arrest warrant issued against them for “parental neglect.”

Currently, Ashya is staying in a hospital in Malaga, Spain and attending doctors report the child to be in a stable condition. Ashya has a brain cancer known as medulloblastoma. The family went to Spain to sell their apartment in the country to raise money for Ashya’s supposedly proton beam treatment.

Before the police had found the King family, Brett and Ashya King had released a video denouncing the police hunt as “ridiculous.”

Medical orders primarily indicate concern regarding Ashya’s health as his removal from the hospital could put his health and life at grave risk. Police who responded to the arrest warrant did not apologise for the manner a search was conducted because of the medical advice given to them regarding Ashya, which they regard as highly critical.

King said that his son’s treatment appeared to be “trial and error” and he had great confidence in the proton beam treatment despite assessments that the latter treatment will not bear better results. King researched the treatment on American, French and Swiss medical websites.


New Domestic Violence Crime Will Include Manipulative Behaviour

Simple cases, such as partners physically abusing their wives, would definitely give the police department the right to intervene. However, manipulative and controlling behaviour is never always considered a crime as it is not dangerous. Home Office Theresa May is pushing for a new domestic crime that would include a pattern of manipulative behaviour, either intentional or unintentional.

According to Polly Neate, the Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, the move is very welcome. Most survivors approaching the Women’s Aid tell stories of partners manipulating them using their feelings inflicting mental and emotional scars against them.

Manipulative behaviour is when a woman lives in fear of her partner whenever he has a bad mood. For trivial errors, they could get shouted at or called out just because their partner is in a bad mood. The mental pattern etched in women reaches an extent where they are taught to expect humiliation and they are threatened if they do things wrong.

The new domestic crime definition could inculcate the said pattern in the Criminal Justice System. The Crown Prosecution Service could then charge an offender who shows manipulative behaviour over a victim.

Criminalising manipulative and coercive behaviour in partners can help victim seek police help for intervention, according to Neate.


UK Might Re-Deploy Troops to Afghanistan If Terrorists Return

According to General Sir Peter Wall of the Chief of the General Staff, the United Kingdom may re-deploy the British Army in Afghanistan should terrorists return to the country. UK, currently withdrawing its military forces in the country, will have to make use of the “warrior generation” of soldiers in the British army as it is also within the nation’s security interests.

Sir Peter said that he is confident that Afghan forces are capable of handling the al-Qaeda threat should it return to the country, but the UK must consider whether they should take action in ensuring the peace in Afghanistan. He is optimistic about the Afghan leadersip in the military.

According to Naval Physician Dr. Murrison, it is important that people learn the causes of the First World War as the United Kingdom celebrates its Centenary. The reasons behind the First World War will be important for world leaders to understand where their national interests would lead them.

Previously, Cameron had compared Russia’s support for the pro-Russian separatists as behaviour similar to Germany’s actions before the First and Second World Wars. However, the UK will not launch a “European War from its statements. This regards the escalating NATO exercises in the area.


How Would the UK Look Like Without Scotland

UK’s hottest issue is the separation of Scotland from the United Kingdom. Some favour the independence, some do not agree. But the UK would look different, and Scotland’s absence will have a very significant effect on economy, land and population, according to analysts.

The UK will lose 32% of its land once Scotland decides to separate itself from Westminster. However, the UK will only lose 8% of its total population, as majority of the population lives in the United Kingdom.

However, the UK will also lose about £106.3 billion in Gross Value Added or GVA total, leaving it at around £1,250 billion for its annual earnings. While it could be small, it could affect productivity, and complications in terms of contracts and agreements could drag down the UK’s GDP.

Scottish exports also provide 7.1% of the UK total GDP. England may provide about 85.2% of exports, but losing a great chunk could have a domino effect on the economy.

The UK may have a small boost to life expectancy, given that vagrancy and severe poverty is dominating Scotland. From an average of 78.8% life expectancy, the UK’s figures will increase by 79.1%

However, it is familial ties and belongingness that would severely affect Scotland and the UK, according to analysts. The UK had always been with Scotland, and its separation could become a great factor in population morale in England and other areas.


England May Be Next To “Flex Muscles” Over Westminster

As Scotland’s referendum date closes in, experts see that England may be the next country to try and break away from the United Kingdom. However, the support for England’s request for more powers is at a low, with only 19% of regional assemblies and 15% of the English MPs voting for such a move.

Political analysts say that the British Social Attitudes report found that 62% of the English find it troublesome that Scottish MPs could vote on English laws that do not directly affect Scotland. However, a survey showed that 56% of people in England want increased power for England to control its own taxes and other expenditures.

According to experts, English devolution could be rooted to the English population having a sense of identity for a unity government. England already has a division within itself through local authorities, and having an additional layer of political spectrum could inflame things.

However, experts also point to the methods as to how politicians do things in the government. Most Scots campaigning for independence are seeing their own views being expressed by different parties, and it has strengthened their political clout.

Recently, Prime Minister David Cameron had promised more powers for Scotland should it choose to remain in the United Kingdom. However, opposition against Scotland’s remain in the United Kingdom said that Scotland’s independence means a re-investment of Scot-allocated funds and the resolution of several problems, namely the Scottish MPs voting on English policies.


Former M16 Director Said That Monitoring All British Syrian Fighters In the UK is Impossible

Former M16 director Richard Barrett said that all Syrian fighters who have a British nationality will be impossible to monitor in the UK. All the fighters, who might return “shellshocked” or “radicalised” will be difficult to contain once they return home from fightin in the Syrian Civil War.

The statement of the director came after a recruitment video for Syrian rebel groups have shown several British nationals joining the ranks of Syrian rebels and possible terrorist groups.

According to the director, the young British nationals who join the ranks of rebels in Syria may be because of their lack of having an identity and belongingness, which the Syrian groups usually provide them.

He said that once the fighters return from Syria, they could possibly become domestic terrorists.

Metropolitan Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick, who heads the Specialist Operations that concentrate on counter-terrorism, said that they have programs to help intercept returning fighters in the United Kingdom.

The ISIS, which is currently in an offensive against the Iraqi government, has featured two British nationals who have joined their ranks. Some of them were aspiring medical students. Dick said that it is their job to ensure that the plot planned by the would-be UK Syrian fighters would be intercepted and identified.


Lord Oakeshott’s Resignation Raises Day of Confusion for Liberal Democrats

The Lib Dem party is in shambles as Lord Oakeshott has resigned. His reason was that he views the leadership under Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is taking the party nowhere. Oakeshott had planned a coup against Nick Clegg to have his close ally, Business Secretary Vince Cable, to be put in Clegg’s place as leader of the Lib Dems.

However, Cable denied any involvement in Oakeshott’s attempted coup. Cable had always supported his leader, but he did not deny he knew about the public polls that suggested he should take helm of the Liberal Democratic Party. He resigned shortly after Cable named him as a senior party figure who commissioned surveys.

These surveys reached local UK newspapers as an unknown party had leaked the information. Lib Dems have lost hundreds of council seats, which left many to question Clegg’s leadership and Lord Oakeshott’s actions.

Oakeshott was one of the founders of the Liberal Democratics. He said that with Clegg’s leadership, the party lost its roots, principles and values. Cable said that completely improper to publish polls without the consent of Members of Party, including Nick Clegg himself.

Cable said he regretted having Oakeshott finish their good relations in such a manner, but he still hopes that the latter will reconsider his position in the Liberal Democratic party.


New North Ireland Councils Prepare for New Responsibilities

Eleven new district councils in North Ireland received a new set of powers, allowing them to have responsibility for several new local government powers by April 1 in 2015. The new powers will have them regulating significant district planning, including off-street parking and local tourism.

Councils will have the power to accept or reject developments in their respective area.

By April 2015, North Ireland citizens wishing to build a new house or extend it will have to get a permit from the Planning Service. The local councillors will discuss the application’s pros and cons, but the Planning Service will dictate on the future of the application.

PLACE Creative Director Michael Corr said that the new powers will serve North Ireland Citizens well. He said it has a huge opportunity for a future that offers local councils an opportunity to grow their own community at the rate and possibility they wish.

However, many are concerned if politicians have enough planning skills to ensure the proper development of their respective districts. Corr said voters wish to have politicians who understand what it takes to establish urban planning, resolve building issues and ensure the local economy’s progress.

However, the environmental group Friends of the Earth warn that property deals and politics could get in the way of getting planning permission, which would encourage a culture of relationship-based development in the community.


UK Cancer Care Is a “National Shame”

According to the Macmillan Cancer Support Charity group, UK’s cancer care numbers and quality is to be considered a “national shame”. According to the group, many doctors diagnosed patients too late, shown a lack of compassion and were made to feel abandoned after their treatment.

Ciaran Devane, the CEO of the charity group, said that the UK was lagging behind Western and European countries in terms of cancer survival rates. He said that any claim which states the UK’s cancer care is in order is rebutted by their findings.

According to the MCS, cancer patients no longer simply get cured or die. Some of them live a long time, but they have many health problems along the way. Their research showed that many patients wanted to die at home, some of them wanted to die elsewhere and rarely would they want to die in the hospital. At least a 30% offset to the intentions have many patients die in hospitals.

One in three people with cancer die of the disease within just one year of diagnosis. MCS said that the diagnosis might have been too late, or the shortage of specialist cancer nurses is another problem. Staff also have a lack of compassion towards patients when they are at their most vulnerable times, especially when they experience long-term physical, emotional, financial and work issues.