UK Inequality

From No to Low Pay

Nick de Taranto | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Politics
Nick de Taranto

Unpaid internships are just a prelude to a lifetime of low pay, normalising the idea that money earned is not enough to live off... the hourglass economy is a visual metaphor that describes the disappearance of middle income jobs, but at its heart there is a fallacy. We are not a country divided by earnings, so much as by assets - and this is especially true for the young.

Equatorial Guinea: Where Is the Outrage?

Jake Warren | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK
Jake Warren

In my opinion moral indignation shouldn't be reserved for sporting events solely participated in by western countries. A cynic may then come to the conclusion that voicing outrage at a particular host country is done with the intended consequence of not wishing to be seen legitmising that countries modus operandi, rather than an aim to genuinely enact change.

Tackling Obesity in Supply Chains

Harriet Lamb | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK
Harriet Lamb

Sadly the saying about 'living off the fat of the land' looks all too anachronistic: half of the world's hungry people are themselves farmers. But if you suggest that farmers in developing countries who grow our food should be paid more, people throw up their hands in horror and cry: 'What about consumers in Europe? How can they afford to pay more? We must keep food prices down for them'.

It's the Assets, Stupid

Kitty Ussher | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Politics
Kitty Ussher

The recent decision by the Office of National Statistics to undertake large-scale data collection on the distribution of household wealth and assets in Britain has significant implications for public policy...

Class War Against London's Housing Elite

Daniel Brett | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel Brett

Living in Bow in the Nineties, just one skyscraper dominated the skyline: ONE Canary Wharf. I would see it when I went to bed every night and when I woke up in the morning. With steam pouring from its air conditioning ducts through the night like some steam punk dragon, it winked knowingly at the council estates it towered over. It knew there was worse to come...

Imagine Turning the Camera Lens onto the Masters of the Universe

Dan Silver | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Silver

Instead of 'poverty porn' being used to undermine the support for the welfare state, we would have a media that highlights the violently unequal society in which we live and reveal the hypocrisy that lies at the heart of it.

Asa Bennett

BoJo Thinks British Rule Would Have Made Everything Better

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson has suggested that many countries are unlucky to have missed out on the "benefit of British rule". The London Mayor made his provocat...

Leadership Debates - Tip of the Corporate Iceberg

Pippa Bartolotti | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Politics
Pippa Bartolotti

Whilst Greens consider if it's worth a legal challenge, its interesting to reflect on just how wrong the proposed televised leader debates might look. Not only is there an all privileged all white male line-up, but the announcement just after a whole pile of media fuss-and-bother over one turncoat UKIP MP just gets people thinking.

Women and Whaling: Scientifically Women Should be Mothers First, and Career Should Come Third (After Their Husband)

Olga Levancuka | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olga Levancuka

They don't blatantly say women should stay at home. Well they do, or to be precise they did, but since it was all too obvious, the public reaction forced them to become craftier at their messages. And, rather scientifically, as in whaling, the politicians turned toward actions and away from words.

London's Next Mayor Should Be an Activist for a More Equal London

David Robinson | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Politics
David Robinson

Whoever takes over from Boris should take heart from de Blasio's victory and be bold. This is not quick-fix politics: it calls for sustained stewardship of our city and its economy. But a brave mayor could lead that conversation, challenge the orthodoxy and change not just London but the national trajectory too.

The British Left Just Came Roaring Back to Life

Bradley Allsop | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK Politics
Bradley Allsop

Youth membership has doubled since the European elections. National membership is up 28% since the start of the year, at a time when Labour and the Tories memberships are declining. Polling close to a junior member of government...For too long there has been a void in British politics, but it is now filled. The British Left has just come roaring back, and politics is about to get interesting.

Douglas Carswell Is Right to Criticise Machine Politics, But Wrong on the Alternative

Lutfur Rahman | Posted 01.11.2014 | UK Politics
Lutfur Rahman

Douglas Carswell's constituency contains Jaywick, last year named as the country's most deprived area. He styles himself a localist, and so could learn some lessons from us about what a locally-focussed alternative to machine politics really looks like.

Is It Time to Rethink the Banning of Books?

George Iordanou | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK
George Iordanou

Five months before his airport arrest, Andreas Pierides, a Cypriot student at the University of Southampton's Business School, was photographed by a fellow train passenger reading the Anarchist Cookbook on his kindle...

Subsidising Social Apartheid

Ashley Husband Powton | Posted 24.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ashley Husband Powton

We live in an era of profound and increasing inequality, at the heart of which is inequality in education. For any nation truly committed to creating a fairer and more equal society, private schools have no place... Private schools are at the very heart of a society divided by inherited wealth and privilege.

More Poorer Teenagers Planning To Go To University

PA | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Rising numbers of poorer teenagers are planning to go to university, but they are still half as likely to apply as their richer peers, new figures sug...

Inequality in the UK Is Now a Massive Problem

John Mills | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Politics
John Mills

How can we reverse this inequality between the rich and the poor, and the North and the South in the UK? We must take bold economic steps to realign our currency to make British goods affordable and desirable for the rest of the world. If we had a more competitive pound, manufacturing would expand, creating more jobs for reasonable rates of pay across the whole country.

FIFA Is a Global Tax Bully

Rachel Baird | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK
Rachel Baird

World football organiser FIFA has in recent days been compared with the Mafia, accused of rampant corruption and described as 'beyond the pale'. But,...

The Inequality Row: Has the Penny Dropped?

John Nickson | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK
John Nickson

Evidence of increasing inequality has been accumulating for 30 years. Taxes were reduced, the financial, property and IT sectors boomed and billionaires appeared. Since then, the number of billionaires based in Britain is reported to have increased tenfold to 104.

UK: Divisive Narratives Around Migration Can Fuel Tensions in Communities

Barry Navarro | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Politics
Barry Navarro

According a YouGov poll published for the first time since the start of the financial crisis, the economy no longer tops the list of issues the British public is most concerned about: immigration is now on a par with the economy, with 52% or respondents saying it's the main issue facing the UK today.

Boys In France Join The Fight Against Sexism By Wearing Skirts

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 16.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

We all know children are the future, and schools in France are using a somewhat unusual way to change attitudes towards sexism in the country. Edu...

Vast Inequality Is a Stain on Our Society

Keith Taylor | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Politics
Keith Taylor

There can be no greater challenge to a just society than a gaping divide between rich and poor. And it's a problem that, by it's very nature, will only get worse unless serious action is taken. That means both lifting the poorest out of poverty and also bringing the richest back down to earth.

The 2014 Sunday Times Rich List Is Britain's Badge of Shame

John Wight | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK
John Wight

The revelation that the UK is now officially home to more billionaires per head of population than any other country in the entire world is a badge of shame.

Asa Bennett

Pope Leads IMF And Piketty In Attack On 'Evil' Inequality

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Politics

The Bible warns that money is the root of all evil, and now Pope Francis has gone further in blaming rising inequality as the cause of "social evil". ...

Mehdi Hasan

Meet Jon Trickett, Ed Miliband's Left-Hand Man

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Politics

In the summer of 2005, the Labour MP for Hemsworth in West Yorkshire, Jon Trickett, bumped into a fellow MP, who had just been elected to parliament i...

The Feminism Family and Why We Do All Need Each Other

Gee Linford-Grayson | Posted 29.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gee Linford-Grayson

What needs to happen, as with any dysfunctional family, is more conversation, and a bit less grumpy-teenager-grunting from both sides. Those women who identify as feminists need to avoid being dismissive of those who don't. It's time to realise that a lack of engagement is often to do with your failures, not theirs.