UK Inequality

One in Three Londoners Cannot Afford a Decent Standard of Living

Mubin Haq | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Politics
Mubin Haq

We all know London is an expensive place, regularly at the pinnacle of those world city league tables where they compare prices for a croissant, cup of coffee, cinema ticket, etc.

The Five Basic Rules of Being a Woman

Sabrina Lynch | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Style
Sabrina Lynch

Girls these days would be forgiven for being confused on what to do to qualify their existence. Luckily the 21st Century manual on "How to Become a Woman" is regularly updated by the honorary guardians of us womenfolk; so these five simple rules will help you up-and-comers breeze through life without a hitch.

Win or Lose, the Task Is the Same

Darren Hall | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Politics
Darren Hall

The potential for such a movement is no where more tangible than in Bristol. With one of the largest and most active Green Party's in the country, an innovative and creative economy, and a powerful network of different campaigning groups, Bristol is on the cusp of creating something that could enable us to step up from being awarded Green capital status to really deserving it.

The Walking Ghosts: The Politics of Modern Britain

Camila Batmanghelidjh | Posted 29.04.2015 | UK Politics
Camila Batmanghelidjh

Our political leaders are breaking a fundamental rule: no human being can prosper as an isolated individual, however impressed we may be with personal empowerment. We are all ultimately part of a systemic whole and, if one dimension is left negated, the other will suffer too. So unless we restore hope to these people in the underbelly of our cities, we're not going to have a Britain to be proud of. The essence of equality is every citizen's right to dignity, irrespective of personal wealth.

Why #GE2015 Is Failing to Inspire

Bradley Allsop | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

Above all we need a discourse that empowers people to the point where they feel they can act in, influence and own each election, rather than just watching from the side lines. Without these things, politics will continue to struggle to inspire the British public.

When Innovation Breeds Inequality

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK
Preetam Kaushik

Somehow, there seems to be something utopian about the ideologies we have believed. Did we all not grow up assuming or just believing a 'just' society is a 'fair' society and vice versa? In the following years, did we not learn to separate 'justice' from 'fairness' because what is just cannot and need not be fair all the time?

Women Are Missing In This General Election

Nona Buckley-Irvine | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK Politics
Nona Buckley-Irvine

So let us harness the fact that we have this incredible scenario where there is female representation. And let us use it to push all the political parties to talk in gendered terms, and acknowledge the fact that socio economic inequality in the UK is gendered. And it has to change.

Is This the Most Dangerous Banner in Britain?

Daniel Brett | Posted 13.05.2015 | 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 10.05.2015 | 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 10.05.2015 | 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 08.05.2015 | 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 05.05.2015 | 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 04.05.2015 | 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 28.04.2015 | 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 25.04.2015 | 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 17.04.2015 | 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 10.04.2015 | 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 15.04.2015 | 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.