UK Citizenship

Brexit: Why We Shouldn't Underestimate the Emotional Impact

Tayana Simons | Posted 07.07.2016 | 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 27.06.2016 | 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 16.06.2016 | 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 25.05.2016 | 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 12.04.2016 | 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 26.02.2016 | 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.

Is 'Urban Citizenship' Key in Combating Apathy Ahead of London's Mayoral Election?

Danny Bartlett | Posted 10.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Danny Bartlett

On 5 May 2016 people from across London have the chance to vote for the Mayor of London. The people you vote for in these elections are responsible for many aspects of your everyday life - from the underground, local bus services and policing, to green spaces, air quality and Trafalgar Square.

How the Labour Party Can Win at Digital

Ed Dowding | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Politics
Ed Dowding

Yesterday, Tom Watson MP launched the Labour party's new digital initiative to explore ways improve the party can interact with members, supporters, a...

Muslims' Participation in Public Life: Isolation, Extremism or Entryism?

Sahar Al-Faifi | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK
Sahar Al-Faifi

I have always believed that the battle against Islamophobia cannot be won by guns but through radical transformation of knowledge and promotion of mutual understanding and I will not spare any time or effort until I see Muslims accepted as equal citizens in our country.

Opportunities Amidst the Migration Crisis

Gibril Faal | Posted 17.09.2016 | UK
Gibril Faal

In August 2015, there were about two million Syrian refugees in Turkey and they make up about 25% of the population of Lebanon. Even with the highest ...

A British Family That the Home Office Is Tearing Apart

Katie McQue | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK
Katie McQue

On Thursday a young woman standing before a judge to plead to be able to live in the same country as her family. Dorinder Lindor and her immediate family all live in the UK. She has a mother here, and three brothers aged 19, 16, and eight. Unlike Dorinder, they all have British passports. The Home Office has notified Dorinder that it intends to deport her.

Why Animals Should Be Treated as Co-citizens

Tom Burns | Posted 26.07.2016 | UK
Tom Burns

It is likely that the way we treat animals will change and one day we might even call them our co-citizens. A few decades ago the animal rights movement seemed to some like a fringe fad, but it is now part the mainstream. Call me barking mad, but I suspect that in a few more decades we might be talking about co-citizen adoption agencies rather than pet shops.

Dominicans of Haitian Descent Forced to Fight for Citizenship

Frankelly Martinez | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK
Frankelly Martinez

If the Dominican government begins to implement major deportations to Haiti, we will need to be ready to support the women, men and children displaced to a country where they do not belong.

Who Are the Swing Voters?

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

Politicians who want to protect and support that which is best about our country need to help people reconnect with our sense of fairness and our desire to live in a decent community that welcomes all human beings, in all their diversity.

Free Speech and Offence - Seeking the Invisible Line

Peter Bradley | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK Politics
Peter Bradley

The debate about the balance between the freedom to express opinions and the rights of those offended by them is by no means a new one. But though it's intensified since the attacks in Paris, it's doubtful that we're any closer to knowing whether and where the line can be drawn.

"Theresa May Exiled Me to Pakistan Via a 'Secret Court'"

Dilly Hussain | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Politics
Dilly Hussain

Speaking to me from Pakistan via Skype, a British-born man claims his family are victims of the UK's secret courts, after he and his three sons were stripped of their citizenship in 2011 for alleged links to Al Qaeda and a banned Pakistani terror group.

Volunteering to Break Down Barriers

Sophie Livingstone | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK
Sophie Livingstone

On a day to day basis, how many people do you meet who are different to you - not just ethnically, but from a different age group or socio-economic background? If recent research is right, the likely answer is not many.

All the Ambivalence of a Citizenship Ceremony

Hamza Hamouchene | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK Politics
Hamza Hamouchene

Today, I have become a Citizen of the British imperialist state. As if that wasn't bad enough, I also had to swear my allegiance to "Her Majesty", her Heirs and Successors, a bunch of idlers, thieves and expropriators (to use the current lexicon: benefits scroungers!). Offensive, isn't it?

Better Together: Democracy Wins Today

Alex Ratcliffe | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK
Alex Ratcliffe

Whilst Plato had rather unflattering views of democracy, believing the wise philosopher should rule the state, this is what we have and is far better than any other method of rule we see in the world today. The onus is on We the People to make it work.

Scottish Independence and Welfare Reform

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 02.11.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

The UK is the most centralised welfare state in the world. Almost everything is decided in Whitehall. But we continue to ignore this fact. If the Union does finally end then this may be because we have failed, for far too long, to challenge the centralisation and bureaucracy that sits at the heart of the UK's welfare state.

We All Need to Work to Keep Europe Open and Free

Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt | Posted 18.10.2014 | UK
Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt

When we look at the news and we see incident after incident of discrimination, antisemitism and vigilante justice. Whether that's Jewish shops being targeted in Paris or a woman being assaulted for displaying an Israeli flag in Amsterdam, we are surrounded by acts of baseless hatred.

Tantrums and Hurt Feelings: The Reality of Becoming British

Pavla Kopecna | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK
Pavla Kopecna

In truth I was grateful for all the things that eventually made Britain my home. But I was also angry. Angry for all the hoops I had to jump through to get the same rights as others who were born here, as if begging entry to some exclusive club I wasn't allowed to join even though it was located at my house.

Families Divided in the Dominican Republic

Robin Guittard | Posted 15.09.2014 | 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.