In Defence Of Freedom Of Movement

John Bason | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK Politics
John Bason

If we end freedom of movement, the schoolchild who wants to study in Pairs, or the graduate who wants to accept a job in Frankfurt, or the couple who want to retire to the Algarve sun, will have their hopes denied, and their horizons narrowed. Politics should be about expanding people's liberties, setting them free.

Is Your Day Job Worth Dying For?

Veronica Melkonian | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Veronica Melkonian

Today felt like any other day. The normal slog. Until, that is, I sat on my train home and flicked through my Facebook feed on my phone. Someone shared a photo of themselves at graduation a year ago today... at my graduation... a year ago?!

Beyoncé's Formation Tour Is Amazing!

Chloe Cox | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Chloe Cox

I attended my first ever Beyoncé concert last Sunday; a highly welcome part- birthday present from my Aunt who secured three Golden Circle tickets to the Formation Tour at Wembley. So maybe I'll be working the rest of summer to pay her back, but still, you don't say 'no' to Beyoncé tickets.

Europe: A Messy Debate of the Heart

Catherine Anderson | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Politics
Catherine Anderson

I ask myself, what sort of a European do I want to be? An embracer of diversity. A participant, not a quitter. A reformer, not a destroyer. And being that European means, also, that I can strive to be the best Briton I can.

Ten Reasons Why We Must Leave the EU

Adam Hamdy | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

When I recently told a colleague that I want the UK to leave the EU, she expressed considerable dismay that someone of my background - mixed-race, working class, comprehensive education - was lining up with far-right racists. Such a misguided view of the people who support Brexit does a disservice to the millions of Britons up and down the UK, who are now in a majority that understands why it is morally, politically and economically essential for Britain to leave the EU.

Why the EU Referendum Is a Vote on Democracy

Adam Hamdy | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

People will try and tell us that this referendum deals with issues that are far too complex for the average person to understand. I believe that we actually face a very simple question: whether or not we believe in democracy? If we continue to find ourselves ruled by people we can't vote for, who are making laws we can't change, we will only have ourselves to blame.

The Wall Behind Cultural Appropriation

Wemmy Ogunyankin | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Wemmy Ogunyankin

Freedom is important and freedom is a world I'm working towards, I hope everyone else is too. Freedom is likely what the girl in the video wants too. We all need understanding to combat the circumstances that make her and many others so frustrated, so things like dreads won't matter anymore.

Free Yourself and Others From Your Judgement....

Hanni Melnicenko | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Hanni Melnicenko

When was the last time you made a judgement about yourself or someone else? I'll bet it has happened today. We make judgements constantly throughout our waking hours based on our conditioning, our experiences, our faith and a whole host of other influences.

Why I Think Reading Business Books Is Often a Total Waste of Time

Hanni Melnicenko | Posted 10.03.2016 | UK
Hanni Melnicenko

I quit reading business books almost right after I read Tim Ferriss' The Four Hour Work Week. Not because I had 'found the one'! But because the penn...

Sexual Harassment Limits Women's Freedom - Time to Call It Out

Sarah Green | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Sarah Green

Each individual jeer or catcall might appear trivial, depending on your viewpoint. But they accumulate. They make a bigger statement about a woman's place, about who is permitted to comment on her body and its desirability, about what she's in the world for, and what's waiting for her if she puts a foot wrong.

How I Found Freedom, Quit My Job and Moved to Spain

Hanni Melnicenko | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Hanni Melnicenko

In 2013, my husband and I took a holiday in Southern Spain. It was a very belated 'cash-in' of a week in a timeshare that my sister had gifted us for our wedding.

The Social Justice Movement - A Very Modern Fundamentalism

Alan Grant | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

This article originally appeared on the Backbench website on February 23rd 2016. Religion is on the way out in the West. Recent data shows that the n...

Response of an Immigrant Muslim Woman

Fariha Khan | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK
Fariha Khan

I understand governments need to tackle radicalisation and extremism. I understand that they have a difficult task on their hands. But please try and find real reasons behind these acts instead of making a scapegoat out of an immigrant Muslim woman like me.

Relentless Openness, Emotional Expansion and Embracing Chaos

Roberta Verdant | Posted 21.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Roberta Verdant

I've been trying to remember to breathe. Not just breathe (which obviously is a given) but breathe deeply and well. When we're frightened, some part of us believes we may die and so we respond with shallow inhalation and exhalation; holding on to our breath.

Bowie: The Original Chief Freedom Fighter

Karen Dobres | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Karen Dobres

I'm not the biggest music fan: so I asked myself why I felt so sad and affected by his exit. His image has been around my whole life and I've always connected it with freedom, and flipping the bird to cultural norms.

How Free Speech Killed the BNP

Alan Grant | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

The headlines make pretty grim reading. Britain seems to be mostly underwater, the threat of Islamic terrorism prevails, an evil universe version of a Sesame Street character is alarmingly close to the most powerful office in the world and it's getting nearer to the time of the year when it feels a bit weird to watch Christmas specials.

Why Safe Spaces Are Definitely No Laughing Matter!

Alan Grant | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

I've had a terrific view of the free speech versus regulated speech on campuses controversy because I'm chronologically proximate enough to student cu...

I Want to Tell You About Mandy

Jane Harmer | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK
Jane Harmer

A Way Out wants to be part of the support that ensures our women can make this choice. Rather than succumbing to negativity, concurring with stereotypical assumptions surrounding those in sex work, and agreeing with the generally accepted inevitability that change is impossible, we believe in possibility and potential...

The Buddha of Absolute Freedom

Karen Dobres | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Dobres

A long time ago I read a story briefly featuring someone called 'The Buddha Of Absolute Freedom'. Not a central character, but one who momentarily connected with the hero of the story to show him the way on his journey.

Freedom, Liberty and Justice

Steven Woolfe | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK Politics
Steven Woolfe

I entered politics because I wanted to fight and campaign against the ongoing suppression of our nation's freedoms from the European Union, yet here we see the vital freedom of privacy from the state is being undermined and disregarded by our own UK government.

Eight Things That I Love About Toddlers

Dr Elizabeth Sparkes | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK Parents
Dr Elizabeth Sparkes

Sometimes it's so refreshing to be upfront, open with emotion and then swiftly move on to the next thing with a sense of ease! Not holding on to tension, frustration and hiding opinions. What you see is what you get.

Mass Surveillance: Britain's Internet Must Remain Free

James Coe | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK Tech
James Coe

The answer to our surveillance dilemma lies in targeted surveillance, a warrant process overseen by the judiciary, an annual parliamentary public scrutiny of the security services, legislated protections for the professional privileges of doctors and lawyers and, most of all, a proper and lengthy public debate void of vague and fear inducing inferences to terror plots and criminal gangs.

The Campus Censors Are More Dangerous Than You Think

Alan Grant | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

Heavyweight feminist intellectual Germaine Greer has recently attracted the ire of the Thought Police for her comments about transgender people. At ti...

Frieze, Art and Gentrification

Rose Gibbs | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Rose Gibbs

Frieze is arriving and the art world seems set to eats its own tail. Artists are painfully aware that the process of gentrification, where local residents are priced out of their area begins with them.

Living the Selfish Way: Baby Steps to Our Freedom

Olga Levancuka | Posted 23.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Olga Levancuka

If your life goal is to make anyone proud (even sometimes including yourself, subject to the goals required to be achieved) you are doomed to fail. Not only do you sacrifice the hours you could spend enjoying your life, making yourself and those around you happy, you waste your life on someone who wasted their lives on themselves.