UK Citizenship

Citizenship Education - Call To Action

Bina Patel | Posted 23.10.2017 | UK
Bina Patel

Through working for a charity committed to enabling young people to become active citizens, I see first hand the importance of engaging young people i...

The Journey Of Togetherness

Olivia Darby | Posted 13.10.2017 | UK
Olivia Darby

One of my fiercest critics is a Pakistani woman. Zainab has the most extraordinary mind, a wicked sense of humour and takes no prisoners. She inspires me and makes me feel that together we can change the world. And she asks the most difficult questions.

If We're Going To Have 'British Values', Can We Add These?

Daniel Singleton | Posted 11.10.2017 | UK
Daniel Singleton

Teachers all over the country are trying to find ways to add the government's 'British values' to their lessons. The British values are: democracy th...

Global Prosperity Won't Be Handed Down From Above - We Need True Grassroots Democracy To Create Lasting Change

Henrietta Moore | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Politics
Henrietta Moore

Since voters opted in a referendum to leave the European Union just over a year ago, Britain has been plunged into an all-consuming public debate on the rights and wrongs that has squeezed out nearly all other issues.

Brexit Prompts More Brits Than Ever To Turn German

Dyfed Loesche | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK Politics
Dyfed Loesche

What do you do if a slight majority of your compatriots at home decide to throw your future into uncertainty and make you and your family feel less secure living abroad? You'd probably take matters into your own hands by double-voting Brexit and adopting a foreign EU nationality in time.

Unmet Legal Need

Bina Patel | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK
Bina Patel

Hogan Lovells alongside the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Pro Bono recently launched a report highlighting the lack of legal services in Lon...

Why Integration Is For All Of Us

Olivia Darby | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK
Olivia Darby

Unity is a constant, worthwhile struggle. Let's try every day to create connections as Raheal did, break through barriers, and have the strength to question, reflect and demand more of ourselves.

What A Time To Have No Voice

Maike Bohn | Posted 30.05.2017 | UK Politics
Maike Bohn

One of Europe's oldest democracies is in trouble. We need nuance, grownup debate, compromise, rather than a binary "you lost, we won" attitude. Britain has 20 years of structural neglect to make up for. Blaming foreigners and using the language of war will do nothing to help us prosper. May is no Churchill and the EU is not the enemy. Proportionate representation and a fair, free press would restore my faith in the country I call my home

Brexitwatch For Travel - Watch Your Health Rights!

Frank Brehany | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Frank Brehany

Personal experience will answer that question! Last year my wife & I were travelling in France, when she became very seriously ill. In the middle of the night I had to rush her to the emergency department of the local hospital, whereupon she was seen immediately by the doctors on duty.

Expat Un-Brats: Why Taking Your Children Away From Everything They've Known Could Be The Making Of Them

Vicky Mitchell | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK Parents
Vicky Mitchell

My boy was made in Italy, took his first breath in the UK, cut teeth in Hong Kong, was pre-schooled in Australia and primary schooled back in the UK. His sister's birth certificate bears a picture of the Sydney Harbour Bridge but her passport's a very regal British burgundy, which was issued in New Zealand.

Democracy And Protecting Our Inalienable Rights: Education Is Crucial

Alex Ratcliffe | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK
Alex Ratcliffe

Dr Moshe Kantor, head of the European Jewish Congress , in his moving comments on Holocaust Day commemorations last month, said: "It's crucial that we...

Citizenship Education: Looking Back, Moving Forward

Josh Dell | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Politics
Josh Dell

Never before have the British people been asked so frequently to take decisions with monumental consequences. Yet in the build-up to the recent EU Referendum , it is arguable that one of the most common claims made by citizens young and old was "I want more information" and/or "I don't understand the issue enough to be able to vote with confidence". In this scenario, the direct democracy of a referendum is left open to manipulation by those with more information, and therefore more power. So where does the solution lie?

Trump - A Morbid Symptom

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

Antonio Gramsci wrote: "The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variet...

Activism, No Longer A Dirty Word

William Crona | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
William Crona

The term 'activist' should really be stripped of its obnoxious (and in many cases unfair) connotations and begin to be understood exactly as what it really means: acting resolutely in accordance with ones most dearly held principles. The crowds that have been marching in unity throughout the world show that this process is already under way and I urge every one of us to raise their banner alongside them in solidarity.

Shared Society: Opportunity To Renew Our Social Contract?

Clair Rees | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Politics
Clair Rees

Creative societies which hold a common cause and social contract thrive. It matters to the stability of family and community life. A vision which holds possibilities beckons you to help shape the way in which it extends its arm to the future. Future generations which will be living in a world which you have helped shape and create.

As A Child I Feared The Gestapo Would Take Me From My Home. Since Brexit That Fear Has Returned

Elena Dora | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK
Elena Dora

Until June, we had plans; now everything is on hold. We bought a house earlier this year, which I don't dare to furnish in case we have to leave. I have stopped unpacking the boxes. My husband needs to start applying for a renewal of the grant that funds his programme of research right now. But should he? Or should he consider a position elsewhere? We don't know.

The Rule Of Law Must Be At The Centre Of Brexit

Abiodun Michael Olatokun | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Politics
Abiodun Michael Olatokun

Friday morning's reaction to the Article 50 judgment has made me deeply reflective about the state of our politics. The Brexit era has been characterised by political announcements redolent of the deepest farce from 'The Thick Of It'. The EU Referendum has changed everything about British public life, and it is difficult to get a stable sense of what is actually going on as we lurch from one episodic crisis to the next.

Servant Or Master? What Will Be Our Relationship With A Digital Economy

Simon Sapper | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Tech
Simon Sapper

The impact of digitalisation and automation will be increasingly profound. Enthusiasts talk in terms of technology setting us free, but I understand the worries of those who reckon we will be subservient rather than superior.

Does Theresa May Understand The Meaning Of Citizenship?

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 11.10.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

At the Conservative Party Conference this year, Theresa May declared "if you believe you're a citizen of the world, you're a citizen of nowhere. You don't understand what the very word 'citizenship' means." This rhetoric was used to justify her Government's efforts to reduce the number of people coming to live, work and study here from abroad.

Brexit: Why We Shouldn't Underestimate the Emotional Impact

Tayana Simons | Posted 08.07.2017 | UK Politics
Tayana Simons

In short the potential impact of all of these factors doesn't just change our status as a nation, but threatens to disrupt important aspects of our everyday lives. The element of anxiety that lies in the unknown will only be exacerbated by the press in the months to come, and whether or not our anxieties will come to pass, it doesn't make the feeling any less valid. So please, stop telling us to 'Get over it!'.

After the Referendum: Where Now for the 48 Percenters?

Dr Jonathan Gilmore | Posted 26.06.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Jonathan Gilmore

It is going to be difficult, but not as difficult as attempting to achieve a return to national greatness by drawing Britain away from its closest trading partner and a major source of its power. Had the referendum gone the other way, the Brexiteers wouldn't have given up. The 48 percenters shouldn't either.

We Need to Harness Everyday Creativity to Create a Better Society

Jon Alexander | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK Entertainment
Jon Alexander

We need this in every business, every home, and every school, to shape a more active, purposeful and engaged society. And we're only going to need it more as the world changes - as robotisation advances, and as we approach the limits of our material culture and its insufficient answers to the challenges of both physical and mental wellbeing.

Cover Up, Please

Emma Rehal-Wilde | Posted 25.05.2017 | UK Parents
Emma Rehal-Wilde

The NHS advises women to breastfeed exclusively for the first 6 months of a baby's life. Short of barricading the door, eating out of cans for 6 months, and slipping into a Netflix-induced coma, a mum will probably need to leave the house at some point in that time. So women have to breastfeed in public.

Pop the Kettle On, It's Time for Sex

Emma Rehal-Wilde | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Rehal-Wilde

The tea analogy doesn't cover all the things that make the debate around consent a very real one - power imbalances, age differences, capacity, whether someone genuinely believes there was consent. Reducing this heady cocktail of factors down to a simple cup of hot tea does a disservice to men and women who are genuinely confused about whether what happened to them was rape.

Why It's Time for an Office for Citizenship and Integration in London

Steve Ballinger | Posted 25.02.2017 | UK Politics
Steve Ballinger

London is already an integration success story. Look at other capitals and you'll see that we all rub along better than most. But we can't just assume it will work out by itself. With a dynamic individual driving forward a proactive plan, London could do so much more, becoming a beacon for more successful integration across the whole of Britain and helping to develop a stronger, shared sense of what integration means and how it can work in practice.