Great Britain

When Did Patriotism Become Synonymous With Persecution?

Jake Warren | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Politics
Jake Warren

Nationalism, patriotism and conservatism (with a small c) are principles that have been influential throughout British History. They have helped shape our sense of identity and define our culture, despite the argument as to what that exactly constitutes.

The Future of Food: Urban Farming

Gareth Barlow | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK
Gareth Barlow

I am hugely frustrated. Frustrated by a species slow to grasp new concepts, content to doggedly hold on to the status quo, with a terrifyingly strong grasp.

#BritishValues and #TerrorLaws - Has Theresa May Been Reading '1984'?

Yasmin Khatun | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Politics
Yasmin Khatun

When the Home Secretary said "British values will prevail in the end" against extremism, if she's talking about freedom of speech, then she's certainly missed a trick. The fact that surfaces with the revelation of these measures under the banner of "British Values" is in reality a demonization of a single community - a community just like any other.

We Are Better Together, But Extreme Groups Are Not Welcome

Craig Todd | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Craig Todd

The trouble in George Square and Buchanan Street displayed how we are Better Together. Why? Because, an overwhelming majority of Glasweigans and Scots, no matter how we voted, are disgusted by this. I have seen others claim that this is what No voted for - this is the opposite of what we wanted.

Scottish Independence: Does the World Need Another Border?

Will Porter | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Politics
Will Porter

There is something visually disappointing about an island with borders. When the people of an island feel the need to draw lines between themselves, it seems like a failure of human nature. In light of the impending referendum I find myself asking does the world need another border? Is this not a backward step in the progressive advancement of humanity?

Patriot Games: In Defence of Britain

Tom Johnson | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Politics
Tom Johnson

Unless you've been living inside a black hole since the early 1990s, the allusions to the current referendum must be apparent. For as a child of Britain, unable to affect the potential break up of the United Kingdom on Thursday, the naïve response is to feel this is unfair...

Scotland, Please Don't Leave

Laura Blumenthal | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK Politics
Laura Blumenthal

Either way the vote goes it won't mean disaster, but there is so much to lose rather than gain from independence. Please stay Scotland. We have so much to offer each other. We've always been there for each other. Let's hope it stays this way.

A Chief Rabbi-Type Figure in Muslim Communities May Well Be Part of the Solution

Fiyaz Mughal | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK
Fiyaz Mughal

As long as Muslim communities do not have the equivalent to a Chief Rabbi, sadly, there will be a space in the social sphere which will be filled by those who are less interested in the welfare of Muslim communities, and more interested in making a name for themselves. Now is the time to grab this challenge with both hands.

Business Bosses Agree We're Better Together

Charlie Mullins | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

"It was business wot won it!" That was David Cameron's message last night at the Business Leaders' Reception at Number 10, although they may not have been the exact words used by the Prime Minister. He did however make it clear that when he moved into Downing Street four years ago, the entire place, and I mean the country, not the residence, were in pretty bad shape. And there was no money to fix it.

Scotland's #IndyRef: Some Historic Reflections on Devo-Max and Independence from Britain

Malory Nye | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK Politics
Malory Nye

There is now a very distinct possibility that Scotland may vote on 18 September to change this partnership. I am intrigued about what further this country has in store, quite possibly as an independent nation in its own right.

Cool Britannia: The Best of British History in Nine Museums

Trivago.co.uk | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Trivago.co.uk

The UK is well-known for its amazing museums. Drawing in over 92 million visitors a year, they are popular among tourists and Brits alike.... the UK's variety of museums reflects the diversity of British history - from the influence of the Fab Four to the time of Viking invasion.

To Be National or Irrational? That Is Scotland's Question

William Martin | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Politics
William Martin

Vote for what you think is best for Scotland, and remember: a 'milk and honey' Scottish utopia is always going to be a pipedream without the rest of Britain supporting it.

Admiral Nelson - Hero or a Mere Mortal?

Endeavour Press | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK
Endeavour Press

An article by historian and journalist Kathryn Hughes in the Guardian has stirred up a critical storm about whether Nelson was one of Britain's greatest heroes - or a petulant blowhard.

What Is It You Really Want?

Ricky Ross | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Politics
Ricky Ross

There is an amazing political discourse running across Scotland that brings in so many people who, like me, have no interest in being part of politics and who have nothing personal to gain from the outcome on September 18th. But for the first time in a very long time we all go to the polls knowing each one of our votes really counts.

The British Origins of America's Political Divide

Simon Phillips-Hughes | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Politics
Simon Phillips-Hughes

According to the theory, the origins of the Red and Blue state divide go back to the English Civil War of the 1640s, when champions of Parliament fled to Massachusetts and supporters of the King found safe haven in Virginia.

The Rise of the New British Swimming Team... in the Fast Lane to Rio

Mark Foster | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Sport
Mark Foster

By the time Rio comes around our squad will be peaking and close to its very best. In my 23 years of being on the UK swimming team, I have never seen such strength and depth in the squad, so these are very exciting times. This all demonstrates that for the last couple of years, British Swimming has been doing its ground work and is clearly getting something right.

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.

The Inside Track: How to Turn a Struggling Sport Around

Adrian Moorhouse | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Sport
Adrian Moorhouse

At the Olympics, Great Britain only managed to win three medals, one Silver and two Bronze, falling short of the medal target of five to seven. However, at the Commonwealth Games the Home Nations have managed to rack up a staggering 45 medals, with 15 of them being Gold.

Galloway Has Got It Right: Just Say Naw

Craig Todd | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Craig Todd

I, for one, cannot wait for this debate to be over in September. Once, we finally get over this issue, we can finally focus on the real issues - housing, social security, schooling, the NHS, pensions etc. Only when the referendum has concluded we will turn back to these issues and deal with them as a united nation.

National Theatre Takes on Murdoch and Phone Hacking in New Play

Victoria Sadler | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Conceived and rehearsed in secret, Great Britain, a play about phone hacking at a British tabloid, was suddenly announced last week and then on Monday, just days after the hacking trial verdicts were passed down, the show opened.

Lucy Sherriff

They're Headed To The Olympics Of Softball. So Why Don't They Get ANY Funding?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 23.05.2014 | UK Sport

Great Britain's women's fastpitch softball squad is off to the elite World Championships in Haarlem, Netherlands, this summer - and for those of you u...

Obamacare: A British Man's Letter To The American Citizen

Karl Davis | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Politics
Karl Davis

Dear American Citizen, I write from the other side of the Atlantic. Our homelands are separated by a vast, malevolent body of water. Thousands of miles stand between us, yet still we share so many things, music, theatre, fashion, culture, history, high street stores and banking ties, and much more. Our military train together, and politicians lean on each other. We really aren't that different.

Strategic Myopia in the Fight for Scotland and the UK

Tim Oliver | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK Politics
Tim Oliver

On 18 September the inhabitants of Scotland go to the polls to decide whether to end their 300 year union with the United Kingdom and instead become an independent state. Whatever the result of this historic vote, a lack of strategic thinking means the vote looks set to raise more questions than it will settle.

Enough Death and Destruction Please - We Deserve Better

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 03.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Vivi Friedgut

We aren't short of high profile bad news this week; violence in the Ukraine, the trial of Oscar Pistorius in South Africa, head-butting football managers here at home, and all manner of death and destruction all over the place.

British Ghost Towns

Paul Anthony Jones | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Anthony Jones

It's tempting to think of ghost towns as nothing more than a cliché of horror films or a stereotypical image of the American Wild West, but in fact abandoned towns and villages that have simply dropped off the map can be found much closer to home than that.