The Big Issue

The Big Issue - Hard Sell

Lisa Ives | Posted 20.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Ives

For a couple of months now there has been a young woman selling the Big Issue magazine outside my local supermarket. Small shop on the High Street, you know the kind of thing. During these months my feelings towards her have spun out of control, from rational to downright, certifiably crazy. And I ask myself why?

What Dadd's Victorian classic Can Teach Us About Mental Health Provision Today

John Bird | Posted 25.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
John Bird

I have often thought that among contemporary institutions - prisons and mental hospitals - you will find interesting art. Art often does not recognise the same mental health barriers that we maintain in society.

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

John Bird | Posted 11.06.2016 | 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.

Protectors of the Poor, Get Wise and Get Real! Stop Advocating Policies You Wouldn't Want for Your Own Children

John Bird | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK Politics
John Bird

I wonder now, as we prepare for draconian cuts, if we should not be petitioning for constructive utilisation of budgets, budgets for social change, rather than shrill and angry complaints. Should we not jettison our outrage at government policy as little more than theatrical, and instead constructively temper our minds to solutions. We should learn to box clever. I get a distinct feeling that many of the angriest welfare cuts critics shout as though fascism has won, the poor have be driven into the streets, and all social good has been routed. These representatives of the poor might want to start involving the poor in their own redemption out of poverty.

What Election Surprise? How Maigret Taught Me to Avoid Groupthink and See the Reality

John Bird | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK Politics
John Bird

On Thursday afternoon before the exit polls had been published I texted The Big Issue editor that I thought the Tories would win, possibly with an increased majority. He was surprised, along with everyone else I spoke to. And along with all the BBC experts who would be spending £15million of public money on waffling flannel later that election night.

Scottish Independence Could Kickstart Social Justice Across the British Isles

John Bird | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Politics
John Bird

Scotland can do us all a favour and help relegate to history all the centralised, top-down control. As if only the nice parts of London mattered. But it won't be easy. Scotland already has the problem of being an economy that is massed around its central belt. But that will not be solved 400 miles south.

Why Has IDS Declared War On The Big Issue?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith has lashed out at the Big Issue magazine, claiming that "more and more" migrants were using the magazine as a way to claim benefits....

Righteous Revolutions: Why You Should Buy the Big Issue NOW

Paul McNamee | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK
Paul McNamee

The Big Issue is still revolutionary. That is quite something for a magazine launched 22 years ago. In 1991 John Bird and the Body Shop's Gordon Roddick set about providing the homeless, those at risk of losing their home and those at the very margins of society with a legitimate means of making a living. This has remained the constant ever since.

The Big Issue Celebrates 21 Years Of Iconic Covers

Posted 27.11.2012 | Home

This month, The Big Issue celebrated reaching its 21st year on British high streets. Since its launch in 1991, the magazine has been challenging pe...

Forget Gap Years - The "Aid Year" Is What's Needed

Hilary Robinson | Posted 16.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Hilary Robinson

The popular notion that charity begins at home was succinctly interpreted on a wider level by Bob Geldof when he said "we need to write the cheque... we need a trade deal ... they need to buy our stuff and we need to buy theirs."

1991; The Year The Alternative Went Mainstream

Amah-Rose McKnight-Abrams | Posted 27.12.2011 | UK Entertainment
Amah-Rose McKnight-Abrams

OK, so we have had twenty-year anniversaries of Dazed and Confused, The Big Issue, Nirvana's seminal album Nevermind and Frieze this year, which led me to wonder, what the hell was happening in 1991?