British Society

Why Does the United Kingdom Start Celebrating Christmas So Early?

Stuart Forster | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Stuart Forster

Why is the commercial exploitation of Christmas so readily accepted in the United Kingdom? Why don't people make an effort to lobby their Member of Parliament for change? Why don't Britons register complaints at the stores and malls displaying Christmas signs and décor unseasonally early?

It's Time to Listen

Ellie May Forrester | Posted 23.09.2016 | UK Style
Ellie May Forrester

We live in a society that likes to put labels on people, based on little more than a lack of understanding, stereo types and generalization. Having been born with mild cerebral palsy and slight learning difficulties, I have experienced being pigeon holed from a young age.

Watching Football With the Enemy?

Stuart Forster | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK Sport
Stuart Forster

Try shouting out in support of your team in the wrong end of a stadium, in the section dominated by fans of the opposition, and you run the risk of being threatened. It's likely you'll be marched out of the ground by stewards. It could even be worse.

Miliband To Unveil Plans To Tackle Anxiety Over Immigration

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.12.2012 | UK Politics

Britain needs a "comprehensive strategy for integration" to help cope with the pressures of a multi-ethnic society, Labour leader Ed Miliband will sai...

The Coalition Keeps Talking Up the Bible - But Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Elizabeth Oldfield | Posted 09.04.2012 | UK Politics
Elizabeth Oldfield

Different members of the coalition government feel free to speak confidently about the positive role of religion in society, with a particular emphasis on the UK's historical Christianity. But it remains to be seen whether the Church of England really provides a core, but not co-opted, public role, whilst not excluding those from minority faiths.

Britain's Nostalgic Pessimism

Peter Kellner | Posted 08.04.2012 | UK Politics
Peter Kellner

In 1952, when Queen Elizabeth succeeded her father, Britain was broke. Meat, butter and sweets were still rationed. Abortion and homosexuality were illegal. Polio maimed thousands of children a year. Smog killed thousands of adults. Innocent people were sentenced to death. Plays were censored. Just 17 MPs were women.

No Wonder Christians Feel Discriminated Against in British Society, a Disturbing Trend is now Emerging

Tom J Wilson | Posted 10.12.2011 | UK Politics
Tom J Wilson

The fact that British police would consider the displaying of Christian scripture an illegal offence is a concerning indication of the mentality that British society has come to adopt towards all things Christian.

The Trust Deficit

YouGov-Cambridge | Posted 21.11.2011 | UK Politics

Britons are now struggling in a trust vortex - they no longer rely on the people that are meant to be accountable, transparent and reliable to tell the truth. They are living in a post-trust era.

Hating The Disabled: Support For The Cuts To Disabled People's Services Has Been Accompanied By A Rise In Disability Hate Crime

Matthew Bond | Posted 18.11.2011 | UK
Matthew Bond

I think it is fair to say that a fair amount of the onus to combat these attitudes towards disabled people lie with disabled people themselves by constantly providing a positive representation of disabled people.

Is Marriage a Dying Trend?

Katie Cornish | Posted 30.10.2011 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Cornish

The childhood fantasy of meeting the man, or woman, of your dreams, having an extravagant wedding, then settling down to have children in your dream home, appears to be less sought after now.

Under the Influence - Parents and Binge Drinking

Jamie Bartlett | Posted 29.10.2011 | UK
Jamie Bartlett

In a free and liberal society, people will sometimes drink too much. The most obvious angle, rarely reported, is that some people also enjoy it.

Our Problem With Young Men

Jamie Bartlett | Posted 24.10.2011 | UK Politics
Jamie Bartlett

It has been the most serious 'silly season' in years. The looters' one positive notch was to defibrillate the left and right into genuine reflection about the health of British society - how sick it is, what caused it, and how to heal it.

What Caused the Riots

James Morris | Posted 24.10.2011 | UK Politics
James Morris

What caused the riots? For perhaps the first time this year, the Sun and the Guardian were in agreement - or at least their pollsters were.

Class and the London Riots

Tetsuhiko Endo | Posted 22.10.2011 | UK Politics
Tetsuhiko Endo

he Tory government is punishing rioters by evicting them and their families from their homes, slapping them with heavy handed prison sentences, proposing to block social networking web sites during future outbreaks, and even trying to revoke the government benefits that some enjoy.

A Tale of two Societies

Simon Parker | Posted 22.10.2011 | UK Politics
Simon Parker

Yes, we as a country have issues to confront that we'd perhaps rather not, but in the face of querulous calls to the contrary, we need to tackle societal problems community by community.

London Strife

Ken Musgrave | Posted 18.10.2011 | UK
Ken Musgrave

I was born in West Ham in London's East End before World War II. Continual bombing, collapsing buildings, fire. All these I experienced at an early age. I was aware that people died.

Starkey's Strangely Refreshing, Ill-conceived Rubbish

Jamie Bartlett | Posted 17.10.2011 | UK Politics
Jamie Bartlett

There was something in Starkey's argument that does merit consideration. Underneath the rant about 'white becoming black', and 'black culture' being at blame - he was correct to point to a sub-culture in which glamourised violence and lack of respect for other people.

Cameron can't make the 'Big Society' Work....

Darrell Goodliffe | Posted 15.10.2011 | UK Politics
Darrell Goodliffe

As Cameron presides over an increasing disaster zone, the country needs its opposition more than ever to be bold and decisive. Let's hope that Ed Miliband can rise to the occasion...

The Riots, The PM's Speech: A Wake-Up Call for Social Work

Professor Jonathan Parker | Posted 15.10.2011 | UK Politics
Professor Jonathan Parker

There is much of merit in the Prime Minister's speech concerning the riots. His emphasis on morality and questions of 'right and wrong' will resonate with many. However, such rhetoric may be an empty vessel unless based on robust research into the causes of and solutions to the social problems to which he refers. A voice to stand up for democratic freedoms is crucial, but so is a need to work within the society that social workers are part in this country if we are to build together, rather than tear down, supportive state welfare that benefits social, political and economic well-being for all.

Sick Society vs. Big Society

Brigitte Sesu Tilley-Gyado | Posted 14.10.2011 | UK Politics
Brigitte Sesu Tilley-Gyado

During the riots we were forced to acknowledge the existence of Two Britains; one in which the rule of law was upheld and where people shared a common set of moral values, and a shadow Britain of morally displaced others who do not share these values. David Cameron has referred to these anti-social elements of British society as 'sick'. The Prime Minister's ideal of Big Society had clashed with the reality of a very Sick Society.

This Country has Changed Forever and was in Dire Need of it

Nick Davis | Posted 12.10.2011 | UK
Nick Davis

We can blame the parents all we like but part of the responsibility lies with us all. Taking back your community doesn't start with helping to clean up but simply trying to put back what we all take out.

Rioters? No, These are Looters, Thieves and Vandals

Stephen Williams MP | Posted 12.10.2011 | UK Politics
Stephen Williams MP

Once the fires are out and the windows are repaired there will be deeper issues to address. We need to have a good hard look at the direction in which our society is heading. What values are being taught to children by parents and schools? Whether values of respecting others and taking responsibility for your own behaviour are being undermined by our media, broadcast, print and social alike? This should not be a political football. These are deep issues which everyone who cares about our country should be able to address in a calm and rational way.

Where Were all the Parents?

Sam Gyimah | Posted 12.10.2011 | UK Politics
Sam Gyimah

Unfashionable though it is, we need to face some home truths; to love your offspring is to equip them to aspire to a better life than you have and this requires parents to have the moral courage to instil 'character'. The out of touch plea issued by the politicians and police, for parents to control their children, demonstrates how deep rooted this problem is for society. Unfashionable though it is, we need to face some home truths; to love your offspring is to equip them to aspire to a better life than you have and this requires parents to have the moral courage to instil character.