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 Womenâ€™s Aid, the move is very welcome. Most survivors approaching the Womenâ€™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.
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 â€śwarrior generationâ€ť of soldiers in the British army as it is also within the nationâ€™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 Russiaâ€™s support for the pro-Russian separatists as behaviour similar to Germanyâ€™s actions before the First and Second World Wars. However, the UK will not launch a â€śEuropean War from its statements. This regards the escalating NATO exercises in the area.
UKâ€™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 Scotlandâ€™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 ÂŁ106.3 billion in Gross Value Added or GVA total, leaving it at around ÂŁ1,250 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 UKâ€™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 UKâ€™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.
As Scotlandâ€™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 Englandâ€™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 Scotlandâ€™s remain in the United Kingdom said that Scotlandâ€™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 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 â€śshellshockedâ€ť or â€śradicalisedâ€ť 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.
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 Cleggâ€™s place as leader of the Lib Dems.
However, Cable denied any involvement in Oakeshottâ€™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 Cleggâ€™s leadership and Lord Oakeshottâ€™s actions.
Oakeshott was one of the founders of the Liberal Democratics. He said that with Cleggâ€™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.
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 applicationâ€™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 economyâ€™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.
According to the Macmillan Cancer Support Charity group, UKâ€™s cancer care numbers and quality is to be considered a â€śnational shameâ€ť. 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 UKâ€™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.
Scotland has â€śfive positive gainsâ€ť should it choose to remain in the United Kingdom according to Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. In his speech in Glasgow, he highlighted how the UK helped develop Scotlandâ€™s pensions, access to the BBC and free healthcare. According to Brown, Scottish voters need to see how the â€śpooling and sharingâ€ť of resources had helped the UK and Scotland together.
He highlighted that the pensions partnership that grants ÂŁ425 million yearly to Scotland from the United Kingdom will be ordinary if voters said no.
He highlighted the NHS funding next, which grants at least ÂŁ180 per person annual healthcare contributions from the United Kingdom.
Brown also said 600,000 Scottish jobs are dependent on companies that are British or linked to Scottish exports to Britain.
The lower interest rates and â€śsocial and cultural connectionsâ€ť are the last two points of the former Prime Minister, who also pointed out that many Scots have relatives in the United Kingdom.
Brown also said it was wrong for Nationalists to portray the independence referendum as a battle between Scotland and Britain. However, he agrees with UK ministers that the shared value of the pound once Scotland separates from the UK is â€ścompletely illogical and impossible.â€ť
In his speech, Brown said that independence is a big idea and a nationalistic one, but he has a vision of Scotlandâ€™s future that shares risks and resources across four nations that will help the four unified nations grow.
Italyâ€™s youngest Prime Minister Matteo Renzi called on the United Kingdom to remain in the United Kingdom. According to Renzi, UK and Italy can fight â€śred tapeâ€ť in the European Union laws together and promised the full cooperation of Italy in UKâ€™s reform efforts.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said the UK will leave the 28-member bloc should the Conservatives in the UK win the 2015 elections in the United Kingdom. Renzi said that he and Cameron could work to reform EU laws. Cameronâ€™s decision came from pressure from many in the Conservative party to change or remove the countryâ€™s relationship from the European Union.
Cameron said that if there is enough reform in the European Union, then he can promise to have the UK remain inside the organization. He had also said he would regain as many powers from the European Union granted by the UK as soon as possible.
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said that the EU should drop its â€śred tape and bureaucratic methods and instead make it easy for countries to ensure the future of every country. Renzi said that the UK was crucial for Europe and its 28 nations.
Cameron acknowledged the offer of Renzi despite their different political sides, but he said they both want to focus Europe into improving its economies.