Economic Crisis

Millennials - The Generation Of Waste

Sam Williams | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Williams

Growing up, I remember faulty appliances being fixed by either my grandad or at a local repair shop - where a man with a never-ending array of tools would get the job done. We bought when we needed, not when we wanted. We wasted nothing. And I'm not talking about the middle of the 20th Century; I grew up in the late 90's.

A Holiday from Labour Madness

Julian Vigo | Posted 26.07.2016 | UK
Julian Vigo

As the Labour Party is continues its total meltdown that rivals any Shonda Rhimes production (actually, at this point I think it outdoes Rhimes), many...

Brexit - Historic or Toxic Vote?

Dragana Brown | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Politics
Dragana Brown

On the morning of the 24th June 2016 many in this Kingdom of ours awoke with a feeling all too familiar - one of those morning's after a night of int...

The Role of the Pro-Brexit Left in Throwing UK Migrants Under the Bus

John Wight | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Politics
John Wight

The first stanza of WB Yeats' classic poem 'The Second Coming' is the most apt description of the unfolding crisis that has engulfed Britain in the wake of the EU referendum; inarguably the worst political crisis the country has experienced in over a generation.

This Is Not OK

Natasha Kuilak Mellersh | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Natasha Kuilak Mellersh

On hearing the Brexit result, my grandad texted me saying "Hopefully we'll find a way to fix things and make this OK". Like me he was shocked, disappointed and hurt that this was the choice made by such a significant proportion of Brits.

Confusion Grows as UN Grills UK on Its Child Rights Record

Professor Aoife Nolan | Posted 24.05.2017 | UK Politics
Professor Aoife Nolan

Ms Thewliss' efforts to focus attention on this issue are admirable. However, if the work of UN human rights bodies like the Committee is to be effective, then it is incumbent on both those who would use them - and those who report on them - to get the facts right.

Concerning the Future of Deutsche Bank

Lewis Worrow | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK
Lewis Worrow

Deutsche Bank is a leading global investment bank with headquarters in Germany and indeed is one of Europe's mightiest financial institutions and the ...

A Shadow Cast over the Sun: Vodafone Sol, Buxton Water and Assaults against Public Space

Lucy Bell | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK Politics
Lucy Bell

Fighting against growing levels of precarity, unemployment, poverty and homelessness - in Spain and, contrary to what our government claims, in the UK - also requires us to reclaim what should belong to the state and its citizens, to us.

Kenya's Girls Deserve Better

Charles Mwangi Waituru | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK
Charles Mwangi Waituru

Crossing the road to my office from lunch recently, a tiny girl ran after me and held my hand to ask for money. I told her that it is not right for children to beg. She looked at me sternly as if daring me to do anything about it. Looking over my shoulder I saw her young mother sitting by the roadside keenly watching, encouraging her.

Getting By in the UK

Jayne Sykes | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK
Jayne Sykes

Those inclined to judge might say it's irresponsible to spend money on anything other than the basic necessities when you're struggling financially, but where do you draw the line? Do you decide to wait until you're earning more or have paid off more of your debts before you get the kids a pet or take them on holiday, or do you realise that if you wait for those things to happen they'll have grown up and gone?

The Walking Dead: Season 5

Tony Mckenna | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Tony Mckenna

Over its four previous seasons The Walking Dead has managed to sustain a strong stock of fascinating characters - those, at least, who weren't turned into zombie mulch or otherwise prematurely expired.

As Europe Eases Into Quantitative Easing, It's Time for Green QE

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

Those of us who have decried the way the policies of austerity and monetary stimulus have been used to benefit the rich at the expense of the poor should be arguing now that, when the ECB loosens the purse-strings, it must use the principle of sustainability to guide how QE should be implemented...

The Sex Worker and the Dream

Theopi Skarlatos | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK
Theopi Skarlatos

Soula believes each girl in the sex industry has a dream. It's what they focus on when the four red walls close in on them forcing them to question who they really are and why they're there. Without a dream, the hours, she told me, pass like hell.

Tackling Debt Must Become a National Priority

Mike O'Connor | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK
Mike O'Connor

Debt is a serious problem. It is not just a problem for those unfortunate enough to be struggling with financial difficulties, but for all of us - debt costs society £8.3billion. These costs come in the form of additional health care costs, increased welfare spending, and reduced workplace productivity.

Who Should Be Afraid of 'Amelia'?

Oggy Boytchev | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Tech
Oggy Boytchev

This entity speaks a robotic language, it is well versed in parliamentary procedure and his or her head is full of weird terminology, rules and regulations. Career politicians beware, Amelia is ready to take your job! She can give straight answers to straight questions. So, what is there for you to do?

A Question of Trust

Dr Aarathi Prasad | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Aarathi Prasad

I am a skeptic. Some years ago, my mother 'blamed' this on my education in science. And it's true, over the years of analysing molecules and ideas I have become extraordinarily critical. I challenge most things I read in the news; doctors' diagnoses and marketing campaigns

Why the 'Clipped Wing Generation' Is Flying Higher Than Ever

Laura French | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura French

When people complain about the apparent loss of community and kindness, they seem to ignore the good things Generation Y have done; numerous youth-led initiatives, student-run committees in schools across the country, young people working together to create opportunity and equality for everyone.

The Road to Economic Recovery: Why Girls Should Be in the Driver's Seat

Payal Dalal | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK
Payal Dalal

The financial crisis in 2008 humbled many of us, as we watched banks collapse, stock markets plummet, and regulation fail. We lamented the loss of jobs, homes, and savings, yet we neglected to realise that a segment of our population was being disproportionately distressed - adolescent girls.

Open Letter to Sajid Javid, the New Culture Minister

Michael Rosen | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Politics
Michael Rosen

Perhaps in between making all that money, you were hanging around galleries, theatres, cinemas, concert halls, comedy clubs, libraries, dance studios, painting classes. Perhaps you've seen how people manage on a shoe string, perhaps you've seen the awful conditions backstage in many theatres, perhaps you know about the crap wages that most people in the arts work with.

US Economy Looking to Bounce Back After Unseasonal Weather

Jeremy Cook | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK
Jeremy Cook

Industry shutdown, the construction sector could not operate in places where the ground was frozen like concrete and output slipped. From an economist's point of view this posed an interesting question. Was the weather weakening output and underlying strength would be seen as soon as the snow thawed? Or were deeper structural issues being masked by the weather?

Remembering the Greek Debt Paradox

Paulo Casaca | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Politics
Paulo Casaca

To restructure Portuguese debt will be at best a loss of credibility in the state of law and a loss of time; at worse it might just be the beginning of an unpredictable extrication of the whole of the Euro-zone system.

The Reality Behind the Greek 'Success Story'

Julie Tomlin | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Politics
Julie Tomlin

During over four years of economic crisis, many Greek people seem to have developed a keen sense of farce...

Inconspicuous Branded Consumption Is the New Business Buzzword in Retail

Jonathan A.J. Wilson | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Jonathan A.J. Wilson

Previously, economists have coined the term the 'lipstick effect' to describe consumers' desire to increase their purchase of goods, like lipstick and chocolate, when faced with an economic or social crisis.

My 2014 Economic Briefing

Tony Dolphin | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Politics
Tony Dolphin

In his March 2011 Budget, George Osborne promised a 'march of the makers': an economic recovery led by manufacturing industry boosting exports and investment spending. But companies have been reluctant to oblige, and as we look forward to 2014, a recovery built on this solid foundation seems increasingly unlikely.

We Must Stop the 'Painful Increase' in Need for Donations of Food and Clothing

Jacob Tas | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK
Jacob Tas

On the busiest Christmas shopping day of the year staff at Action for Children are working to support the poorest families across the UK stay warm and fed. This is a sad reflection of the worsening effects of the tough economic times we are in; in previous years we handed out presents during the festive season.