Month: April 2015

Polly Toynbee Debates Inequality

Guardian columnist and social commentator Polly Toynbee together with David Walker have examined policies of the coalition government and led writers, polemicists and west London residents to debate the scourge of inequality under the Tory-led coalition in a session titled: How the Tories took Britain to the Brink. Follow our live coverage from Notting Hill’s Book and Kitchen and contribute your comments, arguments and observations to the discourse. What are the effects of an unequal society? Post your comments on our live blog (below) from 18:30hrs on Wednesday 15 April 2015. [*Below is unedited live commentary from the event. Comments can still be posted at the end]

McQueen: Savage Beauty at V&A

Alexander McQueen is proving to be a big beast at V&A’s blockbuster exhibition, Savage Beauty. The posthumous celebration of the ingenuity of the late British designer has not only exceeded expectations, it is on its way to rivalling the spectacle at the original show of the same title held at America’s Metropolitan Museum of Art (MoMa) which became one of the 10 most visited exhibitions at the museum in 2011.

FAQs: UK General Elections 2015

The United Kingdom general elections will be held on Thursday 7 May 2015 from 07:00hrs to 22:00hrs BST. Below is a background guide to the prime ministerial contenders, main political parties, and general electoral procedures. End of Fixed-Term Parliament and Short Campaign Begins Parliament was dissolved on 31 March thus marking the end of the coalition government and parliamentarians who ran the country from 2010 to 2015. It also marked the official beginning of  the short campaign to canvass for votes. Read more: #GE2015: Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail #GE2015: How to Survive the Elections UK Parliament The United Kingdom parliament also known as Westminster has 650 seats up for grabs and all the major parties pour huge resources into electioneering campaigns to secure victory. The party or coalition of parties that wins 326 seats in a first-past-the-post system is called to form the government by her Majesty the Queen. To be declared a member of parliament, a candidate simply has to win more votes than an opponent, not a majority of the …

Hell Yeah, Paxo Meets his Macho Man

The first salvo in the race for Downing Street has been fired. At Sky’s shiny HQ in the west London suburb of Osterley. The opening sequence featured some light callisthenics displaying the colours of the two main political parties, a copter camera whirred above, the spin room was packed to the rafters with political heavyweights spinning for their candidates. In the blue corner was incumbent PM David Cameron and his nemesis Labour’s Ed Miliband, and the big dragon they had to slay across the very, very large coffee table, Jeremy Paxman who has left the careers of many politicos in tatters. So you must forgive Ed for opting to take this bitter pill later and preferring to meet the audience first. Meanwhile Cameron decided to rush in and was felled by staccato Paxo upper cuts, “How many food banks do we have?” Can you live on a zero-hours contract?” Cameron’s mouthguard seemed to have been knocked out of place as he spluttered, “No, I can’t live on a zero-hours contract.” Ah, shuffles forward Ed Miliband …