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Big Issue Seller Woos Potential Buyers With Amazing Dance Skills

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK

This Big Issue seller has a pretty talented way of getting people's attention, executing dance moves to slickly place the magazine in front of passers...

Aspiration Is, and Always Has Been, at the Root of What Labour Stands For

Sadiq Khan | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Politics
Sadiq Khan

What concerns me is that the fulfilling of potential that many of mine and older generations have benefited from is becoming more and more difficult, not just in London but across the country. That's why, as Mayor, I will ensure more affordable homes are built, and establish a Living Rent, why I will push the Living Wage and encourage enterprise, and why I will make sure people can afford to get to and from work on reliable affordable public transport. Without these things, aspiration simply gets crushed from the reality of living in London.

Protectors of the Poor, Get Wise and Get Real! Stop Advocating Policies You Wouldn't Want for Your Own Children

John Bird | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Politics
John Bird

I wonder now, as we prepare for draconian cuts, if we should not be petitioning for constructive utilisation of budgets, budgets for social change, rather than shrill and angry complaints. Should we not jettison our outrage at government policy as little more than theatrical, and instead constructively temper our minds to solutions. We should learn to box clever. I get a distinct feeling that many of the angriest welfare cuts critics shout as though fascism has won, the poor have be driven into the streets, and all social good has been routed. These representatives of the poor might want to start involving the poor in their own redemption out of poverty.

Fantasy and Reality

John Bird | Posted 02.05.2015 | UK
John Bird

Our contemporary times has made fantasy the biggest of all industries in the world. Fantasy as distraction; as movie, as game, as Internet distraction; the fantasy of perennial fulfilment through white wires running into your ears; and continuous communication through cell phone fantasy. The fantasy that you can only be whole and human by digital connection. Fantasy is our way of coping, of making a dry cake cream laden in our imaginations. It is going to bed with one person but having sex with a dozen others. This is how we get to fuck the stars, the celebs; by fantasy. Fantasy keeps the world ticking over. Take fantasy out of Capital and you have nothing left.

Why Has IDS Declared War On The Big Issue?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith has lashed out at the Big Issue magazine, claiming that "more and more" migrants were using the magazine as a way to claim benefits....

Righteous Revolutions: Why You Should Buy the Big Issue NOW

Paul McNamee | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK
Paul McNamee

The Big Issue is still revolutionary. That is quite something for a magazine launched 22 years ago. In 1991 John Bird and the Body Shop's Gordon Roddick set about providing the homeless, those at risk of losing their home and those at the very margins of society with a legitimate means of making a living. This has remained the constant ever since.

London Battlehack

John Lunn | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
John Lunn

110 developers rocked up to One Canada Square, Canary Wharf recently for the London-leg of the PayPal search to find the best hackers across ten of the world's coolest cities.

A World Cup With a Difference...

Jack Ingles | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Ingles

Founded in 2001, the Homeless World Cup has grown year on year. The first version of the event took place in Graz, Austria; 18 teams were involved. This August, 64 squads will travel to Poznan, Poland to take part in the 11th edition of the tournament.

Too Much "Communication" Not Enough Talking

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 18.08.2013 | UK Tech
Vivi Friedgut

Facebook gives us a megaphone to tell our friends what we think, Twitter gives us an avenue to express our opinions, Foursquare tells our friends where we are, Instagram allows us to capture where we are... But this interconnectivity comes at a price. What of the consequences on human interaction?

Killings 'Utterly Senseless'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.01.2013 | UK

The founder of The Big Issue tonight condemned the fatal stabbings of two vendors in a city centre as "utterly senseless" as police appealed to hundre...

The Big Issue Celebrates 21 Years Of Iconic Covers

Posted 27.11.2012 | Home

This month, The Big Issue celebrated reaching its 21st year on British high streets. Since its launch in 1991, the magazine has been challenging pe...

PHOTOS: Reclaiming Homelessness

PA/Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 02.03.2012 | UK Lifestyle

When you think of a 'homeless person' what do you think of? A set of photographs by Claire Wood seeks to reclaim the experience of the homeless wit...

David Cameron Gets Personal With The Big Issue

Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK Politics

Travelling to communist Russia inspired David Cameron to become involved in politics, the prime minister has revealed. In an column for the Big Iss...