UK Society

Bullying Is Not 'Just Banter'

Daniel Singleton | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK
Daniel Singleton

Is there a lesson for us here? I'm not sure, but bullying exists because we allow it: we get the society we are prepared to put up with. We have to decide we won't excuse bullying in our classrooms, staff rooms, workplaces and most of all in ourselves.

Louise Casey Is Right To Set The Cat Among The Pigeons On Integration - But We Are Still Waiting For Real Solutions

Chris Murray | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK
Chris Murray

Ploughing in and tackling this thorny issue is surely a good first step. Shaking the usual suspects out of their satisfied clichés will revivify the debate; these pigeons could do with a some cats being set among them. But this on its own will not be enough. It will take hard work, concrete granular action and a way to make the debate less hysterical before integration in Britain finally moves on.

Casey Review - More Expectations From The School

Husain Akhtar | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK
Husain Akhtar

Government-backed Casey review recommends that schools should teach integration as part of the curriculum to halt the spread of racism and extremism.

Trump Wins, Islamophobia Rises

Dr Chris Allen | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Chris Allen

Since the result of the US elections was announced, America has borne witness to a sharp increase in Islamophobic hate crimes. For instance, in Ann ...

Interfaith Week: The Value Of Religious Dialogue In An Increasingly Secular Age

Ed Kessler | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Ed Kessler

There is a contradiction at the heart of the role that religion plays today in our national life. On the one hand, the number of people describing themselves as non-religious has increased dramatically - from one in eight in England and one in three in Scotland in 2001 to almost half the UK population today.

The Destruction Of The Sensible Middle

Adam Hamdy | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

When you think of what's best in life, what fills your mind? Is it a moment of kindness? A favourite meal? A lover? A parent? A child? A personal achievement? Or is it anger? Hate? An argument? Fighting? Hurt?

​What's Going On, Donald?

Liza Bel | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Politics
Liza Bel

On my Facebook feed, at my workplace and at the events I go to - I haven't seen a single Trump supporter. Same goes for my colleagues and friends. ...

Trump Is A Warning - We Can't Ignore It

Harjeet Johal | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Politics
Harjeet Johal

The one benefit from Donald's win is that people may take my warnings a little more seriously in the future. I may be elevated in people's estimation from 'loon' to 'sage'. Given my new status, I must dress accordingly. The black cape may come in handy, after all. But I may accessorise it with a tin hat, just in case...

Feeling Safe During Times Of Change And Uncertainty

Karin Sieger | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

Feeling safe during a time of transition and uncertainty in politics and society can be difficult. At such a time feeling a comforting connection to o...

Servant Or Master? What Will Be Our Relationship With A Digital Economy

Simon Sapper | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Tech
Simon Sapper

The impact of digitalisation and automation will be increasingly profound. Enthusiasts talk in terms of technology setting us free, but I understand the worries of those who reckon we will be subservient rather than superior.

It's Time To Say Yes To Your Potential

Edward Pike | Posted 31.10.2016 | UK
Edward Pike

If what is happening to people around me is representative to what is happening on a more global scale, there has never been a better time to say YES to life's potential - to that wise, wild and creative force within you - and to brace yourself for the ride of your life.

I, Daniel Blake And The Devastating Impact Of Benefit Sanctions

Reverend Paul Nicolson | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Reverend Paul Nicolson

I met John* after his three month sanction had ended. He lived in a fifth floor council flat and was wondering whether to throw himself off the balcony. He had a history of depression and I do not like to speculate what would have happened if he had been left on his own.

Change A Mind: Addiction And Society

Luke Chandley | Posted 14.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Luke Chandley

Drug addiction hurts me because it's so utterly heartbreaking to see someone destroy themselves. It's that simple. Or no, actually, it's not that simple. Drug addiction hurts me because it's so utterly heartbreaking to see someone with a disease so misunderstood destroy themselves. There's a big difference.

The Dislocated Ones

Trevor Hardy | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK
Trevor Hardy

The world is an increasingly complex place. Traditional institutions designed to hold together society have lost the authority they once had. Public trust in government, the financial sector and brands is at an all-time low. Racial division, climate change, inequality and terrorism dominate headlines.

Why Do We Hold Some People To Higher Standards Than Others?

Kylie Barton | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kylie Barton

The discussions in the media this week as to whether journalist stings are ethical has raised an even more pressing question - why do we hold officials in any form of public office to higher standards than others?

Mental Health Care Is In Crisis And The Consequences Will Be Fatal

James Woods | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
James Woods

We need to talk about Mental Health but we also need the Government to address this very stark and real crisis that is unfolding in front of our eyes. A sticking plaster is not sufficient and it never will be.

Post-Categorical Politics: Definition In The Age Of Fluidity

Max Sanderson | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK
Max Sanderson

We have never lived in a society whereby identity is so fluid and yet, we still try to label and stereotype. We still try to operate under a paradigm that, in my eyes, is long gone. A paradigm that existed only within the society that bred it, a society that has evolved and changed to no end since.

We All Get Lonely Sometimes - Why Does It Feel So Shameful?

Chris King | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Chris King

In a society where image often matters more than substance, people must make more of an effort to understand loneliness. Nobody chooses to be lonely. Human beings cannot help being introverted, shy or quiet. To finally combat the so-called last taboo, we could all do with remembering this.

I Grew Up With Two Cultures. Will That Keep Me In Limbo For The Rest Of My Life?

Tania Hardcastle | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK
Tania Hardcastle

An overwhelming sense of limbo pervades my cultural identity. It feels diluted, pretentious, but all the more boundless. At times I feel 'Asian' amongst my English friends and a 'coconut' amongst Asian friends and family; a term brandished with resentment and deep-seated feelings of inferiority.

Stripped Bare

Sharon Bull | Posted 24.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sharon Bull

Going public with regard to mental health issues, past mistakes and life errors that most people would probably choose to closet, rather than use as examples in a book to help others was a huge gamble to take, but for me it was a venture worth the risk.

Brexit Consequences: How Can We Find Unity in Division?

Melissa Mehta | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK
Melissa Mehta

Image by Melissa Mehta Since the EU referendum result, I've felt heavy sadness for our country, fear for our precious inclusive society, an overwhel...

Depression Isn't Making Men Commit Suicide, Society Is

Adrienne Titley | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Adrienne Titley

The solution starts with you and what you can do to help tackle the stigma. If the fact that men are committing suicide at an astonishing rate isn't making you ask serious questions about our society after reading this, I don't know what will.

The Power of Words

Chris Dreyfus-Gibson | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Dreyfus-Gibson

Words are powerful! I love language and am a self-confessed punctuation vigilante. As humans we are fortunate to be able to convey meaning, emotion, or subtlety through the words we choose and the way in which we say or write them.

How to Make a Positive Impact in Someone's Life and Change Their Life for the Better Through the Animal Abuse Register

Brian Berry | Posted 29.07.2016 | UK
Brian Berry

How appealing is a society where bullying, abuse, and violence decrease, maybe even disappear? Do you feel technology can protect us by knowing if som...

Why I am a Litter Picker

Karin Sieger | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

But an increasing number of people clearly cannot be bothered to put their rubbish in the bins or take it home. Take-away wrappers, containers, cutlery, bottles, cans... they are all left there, just dumped. Often with many balloons and laughing gas canisters. So, on most days I pick up litter