UK Inequality

Is This the Most Dangerous Banner in Britain?

Daniel Brett | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Politics
Daniel Brett

Millions were wringing their hands this week in anxiety over the fate of BBC motormouth Jeremy Clarkson. Meanwhile, on the streets of East London on Thursday night the police were cracking down on Class War's sweary summing up of popular sentiment towards our political leaders, to complete indifference of the media.

Inequality and Climate Change Will Define My Generation

Bradley Allsop | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

Whether you like it or not, you are left with a choice: do or die. This is too big for us to ignore, too close to put off- we must act. Mobilise, organise, fight, in any way you can. Already thousands of local battles across the globe are challenging the consensus and changing our fate.

War on the Poor, War on the Majority: 2+2=5, We're Electioneering

Christian Garland | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Politics
Christian Garland

The war on the poor aka 'welfare reform' is being waged with that much more ferocity and that much more cynicism in the weeks up to the General Electi...

£260,000 a Year Salaries Whilst Students Are Squeezed for Every Penny

James Beeson | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Beeson

Universities keep trying telling us about the importance of cutting costs. We are living in an age of austerity, and a measly £9000 a year in tuition fees per student is apparently not sufficient to maintain the high standards of education these institutions supposedly provide us with. Why is it then, that they find it appropriate to continue to reward their senior staff with extortionately large salaries and performance related bonuses that are dubious at best?

How Can Billionaires Be a Force for Good?

John Low | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK
John Low

In London alone you can walk through Coram's Fields, or shop at Columbia Road flower market, borrow a book from a library paid for by Carnegie, or study at the Cass Business School - all fruits of wealthy individuals moved to make a difference.

If Britain Is Broken - They Didn't Break It

Duane Hopkins | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK Politics
Duane Hopkins

I was born in 73. I grew up in a working class family. A big family. A working class family that was part of a community. A community that was empl...

Can Governments Deliver a Fairytale Ending for All?

Helen Morton | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK
Helen Morton

That people's outcomes in life shouldn't be determined by their income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, disability or geography is a truly transformative notion that could shift the course of global development - for good. But it's also a tall order.

Given a Second Chance at Life, I Am Devoting the Time I Have Left to Championing the Cause of the Dispossessed

Denise Bentley | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK
Denise Bentley

This is a community where unjust benefit suspension or delay right through to illness and family breakdown can have catastrophic results with bills unable to be paid or food provided. Most strikingly, there is little knowledge on where to access help, and those who have found help have often not been listened to.

Life as a Left-Handed Person is Just Not Right

Kate Samuelson | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Samuelson

For starters, more left-handed products should be readily accessible without costing an arm and a leg. While it is possible to buy bespoke left-handed products, including saucepans, golf clubs and guitars, these items are only available in a few niche stores and are far more expensive than their right-handed counterparts.

Whatever the Question is, Boarding School is not the Answer

Sally Fraser | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK
Sally Fraser

It must surely be time to move on from this anachronistic, condescending paternalism, so neatly reflected in phrases such as 'disadvantaged', 'deprived' and 'from challenging backgrounds'.

'The World's Richest 1% Will Own More Than The Other 99%'

The Huffington Post/PA | Asa Bennett | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Politics

The world's richest 1% will own more than the other 99% by next year, Oxfam has warned. The anti-poverty charity has issued this stark message on g...

If This Is a Plan Working...

Daniel Woods | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Politics
Daniel Woods

The prologue to this election has been a narrative of disaffection and apathy among the public over a lack of real choices, real differences between the main players. But I don't see that - I see big differences, and very clear choices.

Homerton and Hebdo: Thoughts on Violence in and From the Margins

Dan Smith OBE | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK
Dan Smith OBE

It is one thing for some of the world's leaders to march for freedom of expression. Well done that they did so, even if some of them were being more than a little hypocritical. But freedom of expression should be used to help build a more just and fair world. Let millions march for that too.

Russell Brand Isn't the Solution, But He Is a Stepping Stone Towards Change

Kumail Jaffer | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kumail Jaffer

Russell Brand, poor Essex lad turned Comedian and Actor, remains a divided figure throughout the electorate; YouGov's poll in November 2014 showed that 46% of Britons had a negative view of Brand, compared to 13% who felt positively about the comedian. However, one cannot deny he has inspired thousands to question the current system we are living under...

Battersea's Hunger Shame

Will Martindale | Posted 22.02.2015 | UK Politics
Will Martindale

Mike spent 30 years working on the railways. After a messy and costly divorce, Mike took out an easy-access loan. And then another. He couldn't keep up the repayments. He tells me he pawned his TV for £50. A few weeks ago, his doctor referred him to the Foodbank. "Coming here was hard", Mike says.

The Growing Demand for a £10 National Minimum Wage

Alan Wyllie | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Politics
Alan Wyllie

It isn't hard to find evidence of income inequality in the UK. One easy way of showing the blatant inequality in our society is by comparing the rises in NMW against the raises of CEO salaries over the same time period. If the NMW had risen at the same rate a CEO's salaries then the NMW would now be a whopping £19 p/h. With that in mind, a £10 per hour NMW does not seem too much to ask.

'Skint' Vs 'Posh People' - Inequality and the Great Class Divide

Becky Hopper | Posted 07.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Becky Hopper

With 'Posh People' - based on the readership of Tatler magazine - on one channel and 'Skint' on another, it's probably time to address the growing inequality and the huge class divide...

'I Haven't Seen a Drop, Never Mind a Trickle': Economics and TTIP, the View From Bradford

Ruth Bergan | Posted 08.02.2015 | UK Politics
Ruth Bergan

Why should they trust assurances that TTIP will be great for everyone, when it's clear that no-one knows what the impacts will be for different regions, especially when civil servants try to pretend that there are no possible risks associated with the deal? They know better than most that a deal done in secrecy, negotiated by the world's elite, stands little chance of being in their interests.

Race Inequality Is Real, Whether We Choose to Recognise It or Not

Dr Omar Khan | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK
Dr Omar Khan

The first step in ensuring that a third generation of British-born ethnic minorities doesn't experience the same imbalance is recognising the extent of these inequalities. It's no good to argue that race doesn't matter anymore, when all the evidence shows that BME people still experience disadvantage over every significant measurement of quality of life in Britain.

From No to Low Pay

Nick de Taranto | Posted 26.01.2015 | 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 24.01.2015 | 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 17.01.2015 | 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 10.01.2015 | 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 07.01.2015 | 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 30.12.2014 | 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.