UK Citizenship

Families Divided in the Dominican Republic

Robin Guittard | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK
Robin Guittard

The Dominican Republic's nationality rules are a tangle of check-boxes and criteria, but for one family the impact of new legislation could not be more stark. By a fluke of bureaucracy, two out of three children might be awarded citizenship and all its benefits, but the third could remain lost in the limbo of statelessness...

As the Web Comes of Age, Will It Herald a New Democratic Era or Just Distract Us From Deepening Crisis?

Jon Alexander | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK Tech
Jon Alexander

This is a root question, which I believe lies at the heart of every one of the major challenges we face as a society, from digital privacy to climate change - and one which we need to ask now, as the Web's coming of age provides us a rare moment when change is possible.

Everyone Put Down Your Pitchforks, Immigration Caps Do Not Make the Swiss Racist

Francisca Stewart | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Francisca Stewart

Hopefully a compromise can be found that can both please the EU while still allowing Switzerland the right to make sovereign choices without pressure to just go along with what the EU is basically telling them to do.

Terrorism and Citizenship

Diane Abbott | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

In the debate the Home Secretary claimed that the whole point of the measure to make it easier to remove certain people from the UK. However she was unable to explain how she was going to remove people whom she had rendered stateless and so would have no passport.

New Individuals, New Context: The Citizen and the Sharing Society

Jon Alexander | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Tech
Jon Alexander

This is a huge era of opportunity. It is now possible for us to work together on a scale never known before to design and create a truly inclusive world. Our shared hope in this working on this piece together is that if we can see this picture, we can seize it.

Let's Be Members, Not Citizens

Cerith Rhys Jones | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Politics
Cerith Rhys Jones

Might we be missing the point? Some people in politics like to think of the public as being a collection of individuals, responsible for their own future. Paradoxically, those same people like to tell us, despite what the vast majority of us are feeling, that we're 'all in this together'.

Citizen Centricity, Control and Accountability Are Essential for Public Services - And Democracy

John Tizard | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Last week I was invited to give evidence to the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) for its enquiry on citizens and public services. This is an important enquiry and has the opportunity to address some fundamental questions about the nature of our public services, and the Government's 'reform' and public expenditure programmes.

Will We Let Democracy Die With Mandela?

Jon Alexander | Posted 06.02.2014 | UK Politics
Jon Alexander

This great man knew that the freedom of every member of a society to participate fully in its governance was the absolute, the fundamental, the non-negotiable. This freedom transcends race, and it transcends political affiliation. I believe we must all claim his legacy as a matter of urgency, and do so actively and constructively, if we are not to sleepwalk into a new era of oppression.

Unilever and Project Sunlight: New Awakening or False Dawn?

Jon Alexander | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Jon Alexander

On Wednesday, Unilever chose Universal Children's Day to launch the latest phase of their work to integrate the creation of a better world into their marketing. At a time when the world's politicians are winding up in Warsaw after another round of failing to do anything significant about climate change, it is wonderful to see one of our largest corporations taking unilateral action in such committed fashion.

COP19: Right Conversation, Wrong People

Jon Alexander | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Jon Alexander

I believe the answer is simple to identify, but deeply difficult to resolve. It lies in the fact that the dominant metaphor for the role of the individual in society today is that of the Consumer; and that while we talk to ourselves as Consumers, we simply will never solve climate change. Here are the four reasons why not.

An Open Letter to Russell Brand

Jon Alexander | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Jon Alexander

Please reconsider your stance on voting and act positively for change by making a public commitment to taking part in the 2015 General Election.

Citizenship Test Is Just A 'Bad Pub Quiz'

PA | Posted 14.06.2013 | UK

A test taken by around 150,000 would-be British citizens each year is just a "bad pub quiz" with too much focus on culture and history at the expense ...

The Boston Marathon

Noam Schimmel | Posted 18.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Noam Schimmel

Sometimes when one feels weak and vulnerable - one's sense of safety and peace ruptured violently and shockingly - goodness and solidarity rush in to offer support and solace. That is how I feel a few days after the Boston marathon bombings.

American Government - You Get What You Deserve

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 18.05.2013 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

Despite the denials of responsibility from both parties, a variety of forces including money, the Citizens United Supreme Court Decision, the Gerrymandering of both safe Republican and Democratic Congressional Districts have resulted in the public's general distrust of Washington.

Beyond Citizenship?

Professor Sasha Roseneil | Posted 07.05.2013 | UK Politics
Professor Sasha Roseneil

Since the late 18th century, the prospect of full and equal citizenship has animated generations of feminists. Yet citizenship is a troubling proposition for feminism because whilst it promises inclusion it always also enacts exclusion. Citizenship simultaneously creates insiders and outsiders - citizens and aliens, as well as good citizens and bad citizens.

Are the Arts of Any Use?

Jeffrey Gedmin | Posted 03.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jeffrey Gedmin

Today we live in an era of hyper-specialisation. We all drill deeper in our silos. How else can you keep up, let alone get ahead in our frenetic, rapidly changing, competitive world? Yet we seem to get stuck, as the same ideas and arguments get recycled, only faster than ever before (thank technology, social media and the blogosphere).

Financial Education Should Be Part of the National Curriculum

Anthony Browne | Posted 08.04.2013 | UK Politics
Anthony Browne

Schools should equip children with intellectual learning and skills for life outside the school gates. One of the most important and practical skills throughout life - and one of the keys to a prosperous adulthood - is the ability to manage money competently.

Who Can Help in the 'Rehabilitation Revolution'?

James Timpson | Posted 07.01.2013 | UK Politics
James Timpson

A commitment to allow prisoners to re-enter society, as opposed to just letting them rot, has real potential to improve the outcome of our justice system for everyone. So go for it Chris, go for it MoJ, go for it prison bosses, and as citizens we need to play our part in supporting this agenda.

The Citizens' Initiative: Giving a Bright Idea the Opportunity to Shine

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 29.12.2012 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

As the citizens' initiative has great potential to give people a greater say on the European legislation that affects them, fine-tuning it is well worth the effort.

DIY Privacy

Arjen Kamphuis | Posted 21.11.2012 | UK Tech
Arjen Kamphuis

Over the last few years it seems as though everything that is centralised fails. Governments fail to solve societal problems (or even just complete a...

Irish President Gives Youth Their Voice

Scott De Buitléir | Posted 14.11.2012 | UK Politics
Scott De Buitléir

Using the tagline 'Take Charge of Change,' Being Young and Irish is a series of seminars organised by President Higgins whereby people aged between 17 and 26 can have their say on where Ireland is going.

Diary of an Olympic Volunteer: Choices We Make

Toby Schuster | Posted 24.09.2012 | UK Sport
Toby Schuster

As I was looking around the council chamber in Camden I couldn't help but think of Show Day, and I thought maybe a citizenship ceremony is nothing but an opening show for what hopefully turns out to be a happy and prosperous life in a new country.

The Future We Choose

Amisha Ghadiali | Posted 23.09.2012 | Home
Amisha Ghadiali

Now is the time to create the future that we choose for the world. As we stand in 2012, many of the ideologies running our world systems have failed.

'Make Bradford British': Wrong Time, Wrong Place, Wrong Programme

Dr Andrew Mycock | Posted 05.05.2012 | UK Politics
Dr Andrew Mycock

The first episode of the Channel 4 series, Make Bradford British, sought to address the challenges of developing an inclusive British national identity that accommodates the multicultural reality of daily life in many town and cities across the UK.

Feedback From First Citizens Focus Group in Broxtowe, Nottingham

Richard Robinson | Posted 29.04.2012 | UK Politics
Richard Robinson

Essentially I wanted to help create a forum whereby members of the public who are predominantly members of no political party, could get together and have their say on "big issues" facing them, the local communities and our country.