UK Society

Benefits Shows and Why We're All the Poorer for Them

Paul Marshall | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

This TV phenomenon plainly shows no sign of abating because last week alone we were treated to the less than tantalising trio of Britain's Benefit Tenants, Benefits by the Sea: Jaywick and Dogs on the Dole.

Disabled People Are Not the Property of the Government

Simon Stevens | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK
Simon Stevens

I refuse to be just a number and a prisoner of the government just because 'I am disabled', and my attitude makes me a free person. I merely want other sick and disabled people to escape the chains they have chosen for themselves, and become free to see their full potential as real users of services.

Bad Literacy Directly Affects People's Health And The Society As A Whole.

J.N. Paquet | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK
J.N. Paquet

Shouldn't the government make eliminating child illiteracy one of its priorities in order to achieve just that and to create a fairer modern society for all?

'Afshin's Song' - Antix Political Antics

Cohan Chew | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
Cohan Chew

Today's commercially concentrated contemporary music scene is lacking the political and sociological undercurrent that propelled music in the 60's,...

Mum Posts Honest Video About Barrage Of Judgement You Face As A Parent

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Parents

A video by Facebook vlogger Nostril_Curl highlighting the judgement women face when they become mothers has gone viral. Communicating via sign la...

7/7's Legacy on Multiculturalism and Muslims

Dr Chris Allen | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Chris Allen

The legacy left by these events has however been more far-reaching than might have been expected, having had something of a profound impact on how we live our everyday lives. From more security checks at airports and the increased monitoring of social media through to the new counter-terror measures requiring public sector workers to play a greater role in combating extremism, and schools being required to teach 'British values', 7/7's impact has been significant.

Society's Trend Toward Poor Manners Ever Worsening

Liberty Forrest | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Liberty Forrest

I must have finally become officially "old." And no doubt that over the last few decades, my father would have been tearing out his silky grey hair and pounding on the arm of his chair at the appalling and gradual slide away from good manners that seems to be "the norm" around the world.

Why We Need to Start Taking Animal Rights Seriously

Esther Hayden | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK
Esther Hayden

Social media is being overrun with petitions and protests against the Yulin dog meat festival in south-west China. It is impossible to avoid the sickening pictures of animals being burnt or skinned alive. But why should we care about animals when there are so many atrocities happening around the world?

FYI

Tracey Agyeman | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Tracey Agyeman

As the truth stands, we must all take responsibility and speak out against injustices in whatever form they may take because we are, to a great extent, accountable for the world's emancipation, empowerment and evolvement.

They May Not like What Comes Out of My Mouth but the Contents of My Wallet Are Fair Game!

Charlie Mullins | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

Just as well I bunked off school to learn plumbing and didn't want to be an accountant since it turns out no matter how clever I was there's not a chance in hell a posh City firm would let me through the door as an employee.

Caring Through Crisis - Why the Social Care System Is Failing

Paul M. Davies | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Paul M. Davies

After five years of caring for my wife it has been made clear to me that there fundamental problem in the way that social care is delivered in the UK. The system is geared toward supporting people only when they've reached a point of crisis.

We Need a Revolution in Thinking to Really Deal With Our Big Problems and It Needs to Start in Schools

John Bird | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK
John Bird

Until we rethink where we are now in society, in our political and educational lives, we are living through groundhog day, treading water. We are marking time, and we are not going anywhere fast around dismantling poverty.

Letter to the Young

Aaron Vallely | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK
Aaron Vallely

Settled I was, in the dim of a Café in the gut of Dublin City. I was navigating myself through the torrent of Facebook status' on my phone, when I no...

A Post-Election Call to Arms Against Simplism

Dr Chris Allen | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Chris Allen

Let's start this by challenging the simplism of the debates about the next Labour leader to go beyond what seems to be the only question currently being asked, whether the party should be more or less 'New' Labour. It's simple, who's with me?

UK Sport - World Class Success

David C. M. Carter | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK Sport
David C. M. Carter

The UK has a well-developed model to achieve 'good', however motivating Millennials to become great will be hard without change. We have 46 Olympic sports but to get to 60 Gold medals, most incremental medals will come from 'outside the model' (such as new sports like Snowboarding). How refreshing to witness a UK sports think tank engaging with how to achieve that. It made me proud to be British.

Sexual Assault: Society, Stop With the Slut Shaming

Lizzie Jones | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lizzie Jones

Sexual assault is something that you hear about and feel utterly appalled that these things go on in the world - but you also feel that you are in the middle of a safe bubble that will protect you from it ever happening to you... wrong.

How to Create a Caring Society Despite a Conservative Government

Mindy Gibbins-Klein | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK
Mindy Gibbins-Klein

feel privileged to be writing this post at my own computer in my own home with a roof over my head, having just had a shower with clean, hot running water, eaten a good breakfast and earning enough to live on, as well as to give and still have fun. I encourage you to count your blessings, and your money, and decide if you could do more, no matter who is allegedly running the country.

Society's Treatment of Those With Dementia Reflects on Us All

Pippa Kelly | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK
Pippa Kelly

Is it right that people with dementia are frequently plonked into armchairs in care homes where they sit gazing, unseeing and uncomprehending, at mindless daytime TV which some, if not most, of them would never dream of watching in their own homes?

Bruce Was Right - Kids Are Adaptable and We Shouldn't Use Them as a Disguise for Our Prejudices

Ben Johns | Posted 27.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Johns

Bruce Jenner's interview where he detailed his decision to transition from male to female was inspiring, informative and most importantly brave. By choosing to come out as transgender, Bruce has managed to educate the masses about the heartbreaking process of being trans and the courage it has taken to make the leap into leading the life that he wants to lead.

Men's Hour is a wasted opportunity to tackle deep-rooted problems

Chris Owen | Posted 27.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Chris Owen

On the face of it, BBC Radio 5 Live's 'Men's Hour' is a perfect platform for some of the biggest issues facing half the population right now, in the same (obvious) way in which the excellent 'Women's Hour' has done for nigh on 70 years for the other fifty per cent.

What is Periscope and How is It a Game-Changer?

Thomas Church | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Tech
Thomas Church

Periscope is not a new idea but the infrastructure exists now to enable it. 4G. Free WiFi. Fast phones. The world and our lives are Periscopable and I give it a month or so, maybe less, before someone vows to be a Life Periscoper, broadcasting every moment.

When Innovation Breeds Inequality

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 22.06.2015 | 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?

The High Price of Justice

Adam Hamdy | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

n the Joel Schumacher classic, Falling Down, William Foster, played by Michael Douglas, passes a man protesting the fact he has been categorised as "not economically viable". Swathes of British society have been categorised in this way by the Conservatives and they are slowly being ground into the dirt. And now they might end up in court faced with the prospect of a crippling bill for simply exercising their ancient right to plead innocent.

Inclusion Comes From Within

Simon Stevens | Posted 07.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

I have always had a more individualistic view of inclusion. By this, I mean I believe only I can decide if I wish to be included into society. I always had a naivety to what I could and could not do, and I can honestly say that I have always found a way of doing anything that I put my mind to doing.

A Defence for our Television Addiction

Ben Greenhalgh | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ben Greenhalgh

The door creaks open and you emerge, still grasping the duvet that you have failed to part from for days. It's stained, ridden with crumbs and stinks like stale beer. With your square eyed comrades following cautiously behind you, your eyes strain to adjust to the new world.