UK Inequality

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

Lutfur Rahman | Posted 02.09.2014 | 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 26.08.2014 | 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 26.08.2014 | 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 10.07.2014 | 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.

How Massive Has The Pay Gap Rise Been Between The Rich And Poor?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Politics

The pay gap between the richest and poorest earners has "soared" in many parts of the country since 2000, new research by the Trades Union Congress ha...

Afghanistan: Rebuilding Girls' Education After Decades of Conflict

Manos Antoninis | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK
Manos Antoninis

For Nahida, education is not something to be viewed as a problem, but as part of the solution for breaking the cycle of conflict: "Educated people don't take guns," she said. "They don't destroy their country and their schools."

Happiness Matters More Than Wealth, Say Majority of People

Dr Mark Williamson | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Mark Williamson

For too long, we've defined progress mainly in economic and material terms. It's now time for a new vision for the 'good society' - where we put wellbeing ahead of wealth and focus more on the things that really matter.

We Can't Afford Corporate Welfare

Prem Sikka | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Politics
Prem Sikka

This week, in his budget speech, the UK Chancellor will refer to the usual need to reduce expenditure on social welfare and the deficit on public finances. One thing he won't talk about is the amounts spent on corporate welfare and how that is contributing to austerity, income and wealth inequalities, and deteriorating public finances.

Osborne Urged To Stop Picking 'People He Plays Golf With' For The BofE

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne and his Treasury officials have been mocked for continuing to pick people that "they play golf with" for the Bank of England's nine-man...

In Response to Your Doubts About International Women's Day

Polly Courtney | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Polly Courtney

We already have a great network of organisations and individuals working to achieve this through educational, vocational and mentoring schemes, but more support is needed - both financial and on the ground. We need more men to get involved too, as these are problems that affect us all. Things won't happen overnight, but I believe that change is possible

Web for Everyone Launches Campaign to Fight Internet Inequality

Freya Bromley | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Freya Bromley

As we celebrate 25 years of the World Wide Web, the Web for Everyone coalition wants to give thousands of people the power to learn new digital skills. The aim of the partnership is to address 'internet inequality' by encouraging people from all walks of life, young and old, to not only use the Web but create it.

Tax Evasion: The Main Cause of Global Poverty

Bella Mosselmans | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Bella Mosselmans

Just think, if the money lost to tax evasion was available for governments to allocate according to current spending patterns, the amount going towards health services could save an estimated 1.9 million children a year. That's approximately 21 fewer children dying in the time it took you to read this article.

Eating to Death and Bad Arguments Against Paying for NHS Treatment; Or, Injustice Shapes Our Behaviour

George Iordanou | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
George Iordanou

Surely you must know the adverse effects of bad diet and no exercise. Why should the taxpayer pay for what is, ultimately, the exercise of your freedom of choice? This is the question that Jeremy Paxman asked the former NHS chief Sir David Nicholson, when Nicholson went to Newsnight to describe his transition from being the head of the NHS to becoming yet another NHS patient with diabetes.

Welcome to Inequality Street

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

Britain prides itself on its sense of justice, on fair play and sticking up for the underdog. So what's gone wrong? Increasingly, as we look around, we find we're living on Inequality Street. Take, for example, the 2010 austerity programme. In theory the cuts didn't have to target the poorest, but in reality they have. This week The Centre for Welfare Reform published a new report, Counting the Cuts, which measures, not just how large the cuts have been, but also how fair they are, and who is being targeted. The results are shocking.

Stop Denying People Their Right to Health

Sarah K Edwards | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK
Sarah K Edwards

Across the world, ethnic and cultural minorities are marginalised and experiencing more poverty and worse health outcomes than the rest of the population, but there is a lack of statistical information around this. By measuring national averages, the MDGs cover up this situation and fail to incentivise countries to breakdown of data into sub-national groups.