The Big Issue

Scottish Independence Could Kickstart Social Justice Across the British Isles

John Bird | Posted 16.09.2014 | 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?