UK Society

On Being Called A Nazi

Jemma Wayne | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK Politics
Jemma Wayne

It was a revelation this month to discover that calling for tougher curbs on smoking, made me a Nazi. Strike that, it was a surprise when my (admittedly provocative) Huffington Post article received a slew of 'she's a Nazi' comments, when my twitter account was inundated with trolls, when I received hate E-mail...

When We Turn Kids Into Praise Junkies

Torsten Klaus | Posted 16.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Torsten Klaus

Why on earth are we using rewards? Is it the way we were conditioned as children? Always dependent on praise and positive judgements from our parents, teachers, friends - and later on in life, partners and bosses. And what happens to us when we don't get that praise? How do we feel then?

How Did The Contraceptive Pill Transform Society?

Katharina Grimm | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katharina Grimm

The pill revolutionised sex and the way women lived their lives. In 1971, just ten years after the pill was introduced in the UK, 47% of babies were born to women under the age of 25. By 2008, this percentage had dropped to 25%.

I Do Not Want a Fair Society

Simon Stevens | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK
Simon Stevens

When you bang that drum for a 'fair society', maybe for a second ask yourself if that is really what you want? Or do we deserve something much better where we can all win and not just pretend to win? An inclusive society?

Prejudice: Not Just Whom You Know, But Also Where You Live

Miles Hewstone | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Miles Hewstone

It has long been known that positive interaction with members of other groups (ethnic, religious and so on) promotes more positive attitudes to others. Why, then, is it sometimes claimed that diversity poses a challenge to modern society, makes people withdraw from interaction, makes us less trusting of one another?

To Thine Own Selfie Be True

Caragh Little | Posted 02.05.2014 | UK Tech
Caragh Little

The selfie is so last year perhaps, but it's hardly a new concept: it's today's equivalent of the artist's self-portrait, in the same way that instagramming your lunch is just the current version of still life. Humankind has always tried to bear reality through gazing into its own identity.

I'm More Worried About How I'll Look at Graduation Rather Than What Degree I'll Achieve

Gemma Parry | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gemma Parry

Beauty is power, but it is so superficial and is only skin deep. Who you are, how you treat others and what you have achieved, that is what we should remember on our graduation day.

Racism: Is It Inherent or Learned?

Yasmin Ahmed | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Yasmin Ahmed

Race is a social paradigm. It does not intrinsically draw a parallel with our prototypes of anxiety or distrust or phobia, despite the fact that it can develop into one. Thus it is within our authority to foster a social order whereby race is not a profound construct.

Informal Networks Provide Essential Services in Cities

Green Futures | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Tech
Green Futures

In cities across the world, people are coming together in informal networks to deliver services in waste collection, water supply and community welfare that officials fail to deliver. It's time to recognise their value, says Ben Goldfarb.

Why 'Plebgate' Should Be Far From Over

Charlotte Mason | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Mason

The 'Plebgate' row involving Andrew Mitchell MP, who resigned following his alleged use of the derogatory term, reopened the wounds of a heated debate about the British class system... Whether Mr Mitchell uttered the word or not, 'Plebgate' is a microcosm of the injustice faced by millions because of where they come from and the opportunities available to them.

The Arts Empower the Young, So Why Are the Arts in Education Not Available for All?

John Nickson | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Politics
John Nickson

Michael Gove, Education Secretary, is determined to raise academic standards and few would argue against that. However, schools are under pressure to become autonomous, to set their own curriculums and budgets and to move away from local authority control and there is an argument that this policy together with a greater focus on narrow performance measures and less money is undermining the arts in education.

Hurrah for 'That Googley Thing'!

The Mac Twins | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
The Mac Twins

Leon and June are our favourites by a country mile, a couple of retired school teachers, Leon can sometimes drop splinters of ignorance, but June's 'voice of reason' corrects the negative to equal truly endearing television.

Why Immigration Is a Good Thing for the UK

Layla Haidrani | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Layla Haidrani

As a daughter of immigrant parents who came to the UK for postgraduate studies at university, I can safely say that the way immigrants are perceived (particularly exacerbated by right-wing media outlets) is frankly absurd and borderline ludicrous.

Mothers' Challenge To Benefit Cap

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK

Three single mothers and their children are challenging the legality of the Government's flagship "benefit cap" policy in the Court of Appeal. Two ...

The Botox and Barbie Collision

The Mac Twins | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Mac Twins

Society, I'm only just enjoying the fact I now have cheekbones and my cheek fat has gone down from hamster to gerbil...please stop pressuring me into pumping and plumping them up again! My bank statement shows I'm still youthful and reckless enough!

The Toxic Nature of the Debate on Immigration

Bob Morgan | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

It seems clear that the heated debate on immigration will last at least until the 2015 elections - driven by the popularity of UKIP and the panic in the other Parties not to be seen soft on immigration. Another thing seems clear - the debate will seldom be objective or rational with virtually no claim too silly to be believed by someone.

What Am I Doing to My Daughter?

Christina Franks | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christina Franks

I know I could smash a glass ceiling or two if I put my mind to it, but actually, when it comes down to it, I'm not sure I'm all that bothered. I'd rather be able to stroll through the park at teatime once a week and pick my kids up from school. And the fact is, plenty of women - and increasing numbers of men feel the same.

Was Simon Amstell's Point on Apartheid Taken Out of Context?

Edward Adoo | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Edward Adoo

Comedian and Broadcaster Simon Amstell guested on the Radio 1 Breakfast Show and was pressured to apologise and branded a racist across on twitter and other social media networks after making an apartheid reference about Radio 1 and 1Xtra.

No More Bad Investments by Good Causes

Nick O'Donohoe | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK
Nick O'Donohoe

The recent BBC current affairs programme Panorama sent shockwaves through the UK charitable sector as it put under the spot-light how some of our best known charities are managing their finances.

Why I Got Rid of My Smartphone

Chris Rooney | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Tech
Chris Rooney

I sold my iPhone and purchased a cheap Nokia. I needed to sever my link to the omniscient, omnipresent super robot in the clouds. The Internet is everywhere, and nowhere, a huge swirling mass of voices, looking for attention. I was considering this when I embarked on my first phone-less commute.

Disability History: Looking Back and Moving Forward

Paul M. Davies | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paul M. Davies

By recognising that people with disabilities were active in determining their own futures in the past, we can begin to challenge current ideas about people with disabilities which reduce them to being viewed as passive or helpless.

The Bigotry of Our Medieval Society

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

Everyone should have the same rights (I'm especially thinking of the marriage laws here), and be allowed to love who they want. In fact, "be allowed" isn't the right term here. No one has to give heterosexuals permission to love, so why do homosexuals need it?

Tweet to Highlight How Film Posters Can Glamourise Guns

John Slinger | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
John Slinger

If enough people take up the challenge, we might collectively achieve some "crowd-research" which might be useful to those who research the influence of depictions of guns and gun violence. Either way, it might stimulate much-needed debate about the casual normalisation of violence in our society.Whilst we hear much debate about whether gun violence in films or computer games can propel young men or boys (for they are almost always male) to commit mass murder or violence, we rarely hear about the effect of images on film posters.

Time to Get Serious...

Mags Waterhouse | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Mags Waterhouse

Russell Brand told us it was time for a revolution. And we can see the logic to his reasoning. People are suffering as never before, through no desire or fault of their own. And when the Appeal Court twice in one week have deemed government action illegal - over aspects of the NHS privatisation and on Workfare - it could seem that now is as good a time as any to revolt.

Books for an Autumn of Inspiration

Mark Perryman | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Mark Perryman

Looking out across the terrain of mainstream politics, here are some books to provide dreams of a better tomorrow.