UK Inequality

Building a Society Where Everyone Can Reach Their Potential

Beth Prescott | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Beth Prescott

As the Paymaster General concluded, "It's harder to climb the ladder of opportunity if the rungs are further apart. We've got to put more rungs in that ladder." This Government is already putting rungs on the ladder and will continue to, so that more people can start to climb. The Conservative Party truly is the party of opportunity.

Bernie Sanders Has Already Transformed Politics

Ali Reza Naraghi | Posted 29.01.2016 | UK Politics
Ali Reza Naraghi

There is no mystery about why Bernie Sanders is advancing so rapidly in the polls. For decades, America's mood has alternated between fear and hope, o...

Why Coach Class Isn't Enough for Africa

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 29.01.2016 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

From my experience, these billionaires will be well informed individuals who donate substantial sums to charity every year. I have nothing but admiration for what many of them have achieved, but goodness I would like to get them on a coach and take them on a magical mystery tour, sharing some of the sights I have witnessed in Africa.

Inequality and Older Age

Toby Porter | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK
Toby Porter

Ageism or age discrimination is arguably the last widespread, identity-based form of discrimination still to be tackled on a global scale. It perpetuates and heightens inequality, it dehumanises, and it holds us all back. Our human rights should not weaken as we age. We all hope to grow old. The 21st century will be an era of hyper longevity, so let's all come together to make our ageing world a great world to live in.

Extreme Global Inequality Is Out of Control - Something Must Be Done

Diane Abbott | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

I agree with Mark Goldring of Oxfam GB that a crackdown on global tax havens is a necessary step towards ending this rampant global inequality. Indeed, it is also a necessary step towards international development more broadly... A Labour Government will genuinely tackle tax avoidance and work for ambitious global agreements on international development that seek to tackle inequality and its drivers.

The Myths That Justify Inequality Are Harming Us All

Bradley Allsop | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

One day we will look back on the myths that propped up this system with the same incredulity and scorn that we now do of claims of a superior race or race- the sooner that day comes, the better it will be for all of us.

We Are Experiencing a Crisis of Global Inequality That Is More Than Just Deeply Unjust, It Is Bad for Us All

Katy Wright | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK
Katy Wright

Inequality has been shown to impact on the durability of economic growth and increases the chances of future financial shocks; it undermines social cohesion and equality for women; and it increases political instability. In a surprising echo to Aicha's words, the self-proclaimed zillionaire Nick Hanauer wrote in 2014 that "if we don't do something to fix the glaring inequities in this economy, the pitchforks are going to come for us"... Economic and policy changes in recent decades - including deregulation, privatisation, financial secrecy and globalisation, especially of finance - have supercharged the age-old ability of the rich and powerful to use their position to further concentrate their wealth.

A Coach-Load Of People Now Have More Money Than Half The Planet

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK

Growing inequality means a coach-load of people now own as much wealth as half the planet's population put together, a report from Oxfam says. New ...

What Might Our Politicians Learn From 'Making a Murderer'?

Sam Larcombe | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK Politics
Sam Larcombe

I have spent the last few nights almost apoplectic at the injustice of it all! How can this be right? How can the police get away with it? Two innocent men face life imprisonment for a crime they surely did not commit. Where is the justice?

Out of Nothing, from a Frozen Land: Santa Claus and the Disaster of Unlimited Consumption

Kester Brewin | Posted 14.12.2015 | UK
Kester Brewin

This is the better meaning of Christmas: not that we receive from a supply that will never end, but that, in the dead of night, in acknowledgement of the limited resources that this world has, we recognise our common worth and equality and share what we have with those who have less.

My Mate Lee: An M.E Sufferers Account of Social Injustice.

Luke Chandley | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK
Luke Chandley

I've got a mate. He's called Lee. Lee, like some other people in the world, lives in Plymouth. Lee, also like some other people in the world, has an i...

What Does Feminism Do for Men?

Jasmine Luby Barrow | Posted 22.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jasmine Luby Barrow

Society, misogyny, the media; all of these things persuade us to live our lives according to the accepted route that the generations before us conformed to. Yet if feminism teaches us that everyone should have the right to become exactly who they want to be, why do so many men blindly dismiss it?

On a Sex Worker Outreach Night

Sophie Hemery | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK
Sophie Hemery

As we drove around the borough after dark - car stacked with Kit Kats, coffee and condoms - I wondered if I'd even met a sex worker. I've read a lot, sure, but my grasp of the visceral reality was, like most people's, minimal.

UK Judicial System Fails Transgender Female Inmate

Leeanne Boulton | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK
Leeanne Boulton

Imagine a society in which a 26 year old transgender female, who has lived her whole entire life as a woman, and undergone 6 years of gender reconstructive surgery to finally feel emotionally content in her own skin, committed a minor crime, and was sent to one of the countries toughest prisons to serve her 12 week sentence. Sounds barbaric, doesn't it? Wouldn't happen in the UK? Well unfortunately that's not the case.

I'm a Feminist and I Love Men

Janie Davies | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Janie Davies

As feminist content floods the media in the run-up to the Feminism in London conference this weekend, the backlash from offended men, and strangely so...

Girls Continue to Draw the Short Straw

Aaron Benavot | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK
Aaron Benavot

This week we launched the Gender Summary from the GMR 2015. It shows, yet again, the extent to which girls face the greatest challenges in accessing b...

Jeremy Corbyn Can't Win the General Election: We Won't Let Him

Tom Conrad | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Politics
Tom Conrad

We wanted Gandalf, not Paul Daniels or Debbie McGee, and despite a consistent right wing attack - a whole lot of jiggery-pokery including wheeling out...

Our Postcode Should Not Determine Our Children's Health

Keith Clements | Posted 08.09.2015 | UK Politics
Keith Clements

We must all hope that fresh eyes being cast on the challenge will re-invigorate the fight against health inequalities. It is clear that decision makers at all levels need to keep the faith and throw everything at this battle.

D is for Diversity?

Leeanne Boulton | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Leeanne Boulton

While it appears that 2015 in many respects, has been a positive year, we still have a huge way to go in the battle for equality regardless of race, religion, skin colour, gender, sexual identity and social class.

The Growing Inequality of EU Land Ownership

Paul Brannen | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Brannen

As a member of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee in the European Parliament I have questioned the wisdom behind aspects of the CAP's aims and implementation and I intend to be no less vocal on its contribution to the growing problem of land grabbing in the EU. Inequality is a growing curse in society: a growing inequality in land ownership will only exacerbate matters further.

Inclusive Capitalism: People Should Replace Profit as the Bottom Line

Mark Goldring | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Goldring

As Mark Carney and others have said, greater fairness is needed, because without it, the social contract that binds us together is weakened. When people feel that the playing field is far from level, that the rules are rigged by those with power and influence to work against them and their children, society begins to feel the strain.

Entrepreneurship in the Battlefront for Latin American Prosperity

Joana Alfaiate | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Tech
Joana Alfaiate

Latin America is fast becoming one of the most interesting entrepreneurial environments in the world. With 8% of the world's population, even as recently as 2010 it was filing just 2.6% of the world's patent applications, but things are changing and innovation can be found in all corners.

Can Understanding How We Evolved Solve Inequality?

Jonathan Young | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK
Jonathan Young

When we create this environment, the corporate machine will begin to meet the market need. Of course, none of this will happen possible without a government that endorses it. And government will only do what we tell it to. So let's take every opportunity we can to make sure our voice is heard.

#GiveYourMoneyToWomen - Giving Feminism a Bad Name

Katy Horwood | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Horwood

I'm grateful and proud to be able to make my own money and not have to bully anyone else into giving it to me, literally or otherwise - #GiveYourMoneyToWomen is nasty and embarrassing coming from angry women hiding behind social media to fester over their apparent injustice in the world.

I Was a Tory - Until I Educated Myself

Louise Wilson | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Politics
Louise Wilson

I have a confession: I once was a Tory supporter. Or at least, I thought I was. This is going back a decade, when I was in my early teens and just beginning to pay attention to the world outside my own life.