UK Society

Punished for Your Age

Beth Britton | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

How we move the agenda beyond seeing a person through the prism of their age is something that I fear will be a long hard road to tread. Older people are seen by many younger people as an unnecessary drain on public resources, while at the same time many older people who want to contribute more to society are restricted from doing so by ageist policies and practices.

Boys Don't Cry?

Nick Harding | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Harding

I've not been privy to my own father's tears. I've seen him get worked into advance states of exuberance and dejection at West Ham football matches but I've never seen him have a proper sob. I'm not sure I'd want to. The awkwardness would hang in the air and embarrass us both.

Heaven Is For Real

Esther Dark | Posted 28.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Esther Dark

When I read the findings from this report, I was confused and saddened, to me, Heaven and God go hand in hand. You cannot have Heaven without God- they're inseparable, synonymous. God created Heaven and Heaven is for real.

Saying 'You Can Not Harm the Disabled' Is Harmful

Simon Stevens | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK
Simon Stevens

People with additional or changing needs need respect, support and understanding as equal citizens capable of social mobility, not protected as the runt of modern society, tolerated because of political correctness and paternalism until a solution can be found.

The Violence Debate

Gary Trowsdale | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK
Gary Trowsdale

You get to be a little cynical about politicians and political agendas when you have been embattled in the London youth sector for as long as I have. ...

Why You Don't 'Deserve' Anything

Sarah Tinsley | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Tinsley

Richer households are less likely to give to charity. Having money removes us more and more from the rest of society (no bus, no shared accommodation) so bit by bit we find ourselves less empathetic, less charitable. And we don't deserve it. The world is a rigged game of Monopoly.

It's Time to Stop the Homeless Blaming

Wemmy Ogunyankin | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Wemmy Ogunyankin

Starving people of whatever substance they may be abusing can kill them too. If a homeless person is an addict, they need to be weaned off safely. You cannot be weaned off a drug through starvation, eye rolls and bad attitudes.

The EU's Role in Tackling the Global Exclusion of Older People

Knut Fleckenstein | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK Politics
Knut Fleckenstein

The world is ageing rapidly. As fertility falls and life expectancy grows, the num-ber of older people in both the developed and developing world is soaring. By 2050, there will be more than 2 billion people aged over 60 on this planet, out-numbering children below the age of 15 and accounting for 21.5% of the global population.

Healthy Cynicism, Not Legislation, Is the Way to Nudge Business

Brook Whelan | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK Politics
Brook Whelan

Campaigners also need to recognise that there are smaller family businesses who will be affected by the campaign against sugar too. Right now, the balance between public cynicism and the ability of business to make profits is nicely balanced. It's perfectly balanced. Let's leave it as it is.

Bitcoin Could Be the Saviour of 'Meritocracy'

Eleanor Moss | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Tech
Eleanor Moss

Our current economic system faces many problems. In 2007 we went through a major crash, for reasons way beyond most people's understanding. Interest rate setting, the Libor scandal, the subprime mortgage scandal and many other such activities, demonstrated a calamitous manipulation of the economy in their own interests by a bunch of 'financial experts' in suits.

Don't Take the Mick

Daniel Singleton | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK
Daniel Singleton

In the end we all know that if we are truly generous, we will be taken advantage of. Our fingers will be burnt. But some of the people I have been most impressed with are those who have given and done what they think to be right, even when their generous posture has been abused. Their position is not based on passing emotion, but on conviction.

Why Multicultural Communities Are What Makes London (and Britain) Great - and Why We Must Protect Them

Jermain Jackman | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jermain Jackman

It's a veritable melting pot of trends, music and culture. The area has produced a diverse array of talent who are widely celebrated today; from esteemed writer (Edgar Allen Poe), to top businessmen (Alan Sugar) and even man-of-the-moment Idris Elba. Local institutions like the 115 year old Hackney Empire has helped provide platforms for this multicultural talent over the years, and the Industrial and Jungle electronic music genres even originated from the area.

Be More British, Speak More English, Dress Like This - Another Normal Week for British Muslim Women

Dr Chris Allen | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK
Dr Chris Allen

A forceful and vengeful political vehicle that seeks to differentiate, demarcate and subsequently discriminate against Muslims and their communities this week's political approaches and their appropriation of British Muslim women are little different.

Balancing My Love for Girly Stuff: A Feminist Battle

Mohadesa Najumi | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mohadesa Najumi

There are some feminine rituals that I will never rid myself of. I believe that feminism is fluid and accepts all changes that have to be made. I live in a society that is basically founded on patriarchy and sexist oppression. Adjusting to make your own life a little easier is not selling out. Reform and re-structure is also a form of revolution.

In 2016 Can There Be No More Prets, Starbucks, Neros and Costas, and More Local, Independent Coffee Shops?

Adam Seldon | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Adam Seldon

What positive change could be generated in the UK if there were more local coffee shops? A common disappointment in the UK is a loss of a sense of community and networks among citizens. Could the humble local coffee shop help to reverse this trend?

Plus Size Fashionistas, I Salute You

Tasha Okeke | Posted 31.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Tasha Okeke

Beauty is sourced from confidence to wear something that makes you feel damn good about yourself and self acceptance - to believe you're truly enough and be confident within yourself to show that to the world. It doesn't stem from fitting societal standards of beauty because if it did then I wouldn't be secretly wishing I looked as good as these plus size girls on Instagram.

Snow White and the Cultural Rethink

Matt Hepburn | Posted 23.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Hepburn

While I can laugh now, the portrayal of dwarfism in pop culture and entertainment can be damaging to young people coping with their condition in vulnerable early years. Growing up there were few, if any, positive role models in mainstream culture.

Loneliness is Not Just for Christmas

Patrick Stannah | Posted 18.12.2015 | UK
Patrick Stannah

The ONS' conclusion is foreboding, stating that the problem will only get worse given the UK's ageing population. The term 'chronically lonely' is now regularly being used to describe the condition. What can be done? It is an issue very close to my heart and I believe that we can all play a part in tackling loneliness.

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...

Should Caitlyn Jenner Be 'Woman of the Year'?

Holly Whiting | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Holly Whiting

I guess my true issue here is with Glamour, this award alone generates a lot of exposure in the media, so Glamour have the opportunity to use this award to value the women in our society that are saving lives, overcoming tragic illnesses and poverties, inventing amazing things and dying for their country like Moira Smith. Instead of continuously acknowledging celebrities, this is a real chance to every now and then appreciate and bring to light the unsung heroes.

Empowered or Exploited?

Kate Holliday | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Holliday

Whether the actions of Miley Cyrus are harmful to women or not, in a world which simultaneously chastises and exploits female sexuality, it is unfair to blame the woman for being unable to appease both critics. We can, however, criticise a system which leads women to make decisions which may detrimental to the female gender as a whole.

Why Sexual Assault No Longer Surprises Me

Tasha Okeke | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Tasha Okeke

Recently an article was published detailing how nearly half of females in my university's city has been sexually assaulted. Scarily, this didn't even surprise me.

Heavy Lifting Should Be Guided From The Top, But Supported From The Bottom

Stephen Fear | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK Politics
Stephen Fear

Photography: Heavy Box by Clement127 from Flickr Dear Prime Minister I woke at 4.30am this morning with something on my mind and I feel strongly tha...

The Politics Behind Black Women's Hair

Tracey Agyeman | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Tracey Agyeman

did the big chop about three years ago, and I did so not because of any social trend, or to be in touch with my roots but rather because I became aware of the dangerous side effects. And I can tell you today, I do not feel anymore Ghanaian today than I did on that day because, as my girl India Arie sings beautifully, I am not my hair.

The Social Barometer of the BBC

Sarah Tinsley | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Sarah Tinsley

Long live the BBC. Not merely a producer of sexily shot documentaries and gripping dramas, it also serves as a handy national barometer for public emo...