Better Integration Needs Bold Decisions - Banning Independent Faith Schools Is One of Them

David Churchill | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK
David Churchill

In the same way it is necessary to have limits on freedom of speech, we must too have limits on tolerance of intolerance. Too many independent faith schools break this threshold, perpetuate division and prevent meaningful cross-faith contact. In the interests of better long-term integration, we should gradually ban them.

Life as a Foreigner in Germany in Times of Pegida

Sandhya Matthes | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Politics
Sandhya Matthes

Germany has a way to go before a 'multi-culti' side-by-side living is taken as a given, but I don't believe it to be impossible. Which is why I sometimes can't help thinking: pull yourself together! Show the world what a big nation you are!

A Muslim Student's Hopes for 2015

Haseeb Hamid | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Haseeb Hamid

Growing hostility towards Muslims from the general public is frankly worrying for British society-this must be changed. To create the unity we all so desperately need for Britain's future, teamwork is crucial: both Muslims and the rest of society must rally to resolve issues in the 21st Century.

Volunteering to Break Down Barriers

Sophie Livingstone | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK
Sophie Livingstone

On a day to day basis, how many people do you meet who are different to you - not just ethnically, but from a different age group or socio-economic background? If recent research is right, the likely answer is not many.

Is Economic Migration Still Sustainable?

John Mills | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK
John Mills

Migration has always been part of the human experience. As the world's population has grown, so too has the number of people migrating. But have we reached the point where the developed world is no longer seeing a benefit from the economic migration of people from the developing world?

London Less Integrated Than the Rest of the Country, Report Finds

Eric Kaufmann | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK
Eric Kaufmann

Exactly why the middle bands of the class structure, which contains around half the population, contain less ethnic interaction is unclear. One explanation mooted by social theorists is that this group has less of an achieved status than the professional class, and therefore invests more strongly in its ethnic identity...

Why Multiculturalism is Not Enough

Michael Bond | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Politics
Michael Bond

How well do you know your neighbours? By sight? By name? Well enough to know the names of their children? In multicultural Britain we should be asking this question more often, for the answer matters a great deal.

Fiat Grillo and Renault Le Pen to derail EU train?

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Politics
Andy Langenkamp

If we are to believe the headlines, following the European elections any visions of a united Europe will have to be shelved when euro skeptics will overrun parliament and bring the EU to a standstill.

How Was School? - Oral History That Should Shape Policy

Mik Scarlet | Posted 30.08.2013 | UK Politics
Mik Scarlet

Come on folks, let's integrate all of our children into one school system. All our kids should go to the same school, grow up knowing that there are all types of people in this world and that they are just as worthy and worthwhile as everyone else in our society.

After Woolwich, Doing Nothing About Integration Is Not an Option

Jon Yates | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK
Jon Yates

As the founder of a charity that exists to bring communities together, I woke up this morning with feelings I had not experienced since the riots. I felt again that numbing sense of disbelief, that mourning and sadness at accepting the reality followed by that overwhelming desire to find a way to mend what feels broken.

Gaming Google Is No Longer an Option - Search, Social Media and PR Integration is the Key

Judith Lewis | Posted 01.06.2013 | UK Tech
Judith Lewis

For years, certain companies have made a living doing something akin to 'gaming' the Google search results. By focusing on a single distribution channel, they have built visibility in the search engine result pages in order to acquire new customers or new leads. Recent changes in the Google search algorithm have made this practice less useful

Public Relations Companies That Want to Survive Need Integration, and Measureable Results

Sara Benwell | Posted 25.05.2013 | UK
Sara Benwell

Businesses that once believed in segmenting the value chain, are beginning to understand that consistency is key to building momentum. As such, to continue being relevant in this world, PR needs to not only be clearly integrated with all marketing disciplines but also with historically business functions such as sales.

We Tolerate Each Other - But We Are Far From Integrated

Jon Yates | Posted 30.04.2013 | UK Politics
Jon Yates

The UK has a segregation problem. When we open our eyes we can see it. We see it when we visit our schools, we see it when we walk round our neighbourhoods, we see it when we look at our friends. By age, income and race - our country divides every morning and every evening.

Blending in Like a Local - Ten Tips for London's New Arrivals

Natalie de Winter | Posted 26.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Natalie de Winter

Being an Australian, when I first moved to London I thought fitting in would be a piece of bakewell tart. I mean, we sort of speak the same language and appear to have many cultural similarities, yes? How hard could it be?

Rowan Atkinson Is Right - We Need More Free Speech - But We Also Need More Responsible Speech

Myriam Francois-Cerrah | Posted 19.12.2012 | UK Politics
Myriam Francois-Cerrah

The right to insult means we should have the right to express our views ‎without fear of prosecution, even if they happen to insult someone. What it surely doesn't mean is ‎the obligation to intentionally trample upon people's sensitivities.

Why Are Asians at University So Anti-Social?

Julian Tan | Posted 07.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Julian Tan

It can be quite unsettling to a lot of international students having to quickly adapt to the new culture and make friends with the English locals before cliques are formed. It is much easier to gravitate towards familiar people and hit it off instantly.

Advocates of Bussing Should Learn From British History and not Just the US

Vicki Butler | Posted 04.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Vicki Butler

In the mid 1960s, following a recommendation from the then Department for Education and Science (in a circular entitled "Spreading the Children") two local authorities with high ethnic minority populations - Ealing and Bradford - decided to introduce bussing. Little archival information exists about bussing in Bradford but records in the National Archives show that in Ealing the policy was toxic.

Hollande Likely To Be At Odds With Cameron Over Tax On Financial Services

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.07.2012 | UK

Francois Hollande was hailed tonight as a force for further European integration - despite fears that his differences over economic policy will deepen...

Integration and Prevent 2.0: Are They a Break From the Past or More of the Same?

Nick Micinski | Posted 16.05.2012 | UK Politics
Nick Micinski

Back in June 2011, the government presented their policy on counter terrorism - sold to us as the new Prevent strategy (what I call Prevent 2.0)- which supposedly signified a radical shift from Labour's approach to stopping extremism.

Embracing Britain's Identity Crisis

Mark Greer | Posted 15.05.2012 | UK Politics
Mark Greer

Bonnie Greer was right: we have multiple identities; we are a multi-cultural, multi-national, multi-racial state. We should be proud of this and follow our centuries-long tradition of appreciating difference and allowing that difference to enrich our own lives.

Time for an Inclusive Politics

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 12.05.2012 | UK Politics
Muhammad Abdul Bari

There will be differences of opinion and approaches in tackling this. But the constant demonisation of Muslims and their institutions by the media, and the lacklustre response by the Westminster political class to anti-Muslim intolerance, is not helpful.

Make Bradford British: More Cultural Superiority From Channel 4

Iman Qureshi | Posted 02.05.2012 | UK Entertainment
Iman Qureshi

Congratulations to Channel 4 who've discovered - following the success of My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding - the elixir for TV success: a tabloidy title; a hackneyed premise; a sprinkle of polemic farcical characters; a dash of cultural superiority; and a simple reduction of complex issues into black and white. Or in this case, brown.

Pride and Prejudice: Negotiating Identity in Britain

Eleanor Kelly | Posted 04.12.2011 | UK Politics
Eleanor Kelly

It's been a busy year for identity politics in Britain. Most recently, millions have watched the woman of My Tram Experience express her opinion on who is and isn't British in the UK today.

Artists of the World, Unite

Stephen Shashoua | Posted 28.01.2012 | UK Politics
Stephen Shashoua

With the government speaking of moving away from 'state multiculturalism' and towards integration, the question of how to bring faiths and communities closer together, how to tackle tensions and build understanding, becomes more urgent.