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A Coast Full of Memories

Mike Collins | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK
Mike Collins

These memories of days at the seaside as children are part of our national DNA. Millions of Brits head to the coast every year. And there is a rich social history of the connections between the big cities and the nearest stretch of coastline.

Pegida Is Not Welcome on the Streets of Great Britain

Akeela Ahmed | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK Politics
Akeela Ahmed

As a child, I experienced directly the violent consequences of prejudice and hatred, and understand all too well the serious effects of keeping silent in the face of bigotry. So I stand united with the people of Newcastle who are coming together positively to show that there is no place for Pegida on the streets of Great Britain.

The Economic Lessons the British Left Can Learn From the US

Dan Holden | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK Politics
Dan Holden

The citizen's income, the idea of a guaranteed basic income for all citizens has been in the news in the UK a fair bit recently due to the rising profile of the Green Party of England and Wales, who have pushed it as a key policy. It's a brilliantly utopian idea, but surprisingly a form of it has emerged in the US whilst it hasn't in the UK.

The Last Flight of NPAS

Mike Pannett | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK
Mike Pannett

When a proposition is put to the police, that something that they consider critical is about to be reduced but 'will be more efficient' those who actually need and use the service are understandably sceptical.

Is It Ever OK to Ask About Parental Leave in a Job Interview?

Leigh Lafever-Ayer | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Leigh Lafever-Ayer

Recent legislation has introduced shared parental leave but women are as worried as ever about the impact of parenthood on their job and still believe having children will affect their career progression.

Where Is British Food in the Election Debate?

Meurig Raymond | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Politics
Meurig Raymond

The next few months will see the closest fought election in a generation. Already the economy, welfare, health and education have been occupying headline space as some of the most important issues which affect people and therefore their vote. But where is food in this debate? More importantly, where is safe, secure, traceable British food?

Come on Mr Cameron, Keep Your Promise!

Simon Hawkins | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK
Simon Hawkins

The Cancer Drugs Fund gave me access to the drugs I needed to shrink my tumour and enabled a team of highly skilled and courageous surgeons to prolong my life not just for a few months but for many years... So how do you think I felt when I discovered that the drug that saved by life would, along with a number of other drugs and treatments, no longer be available to cancer patients?

Why Go to Small Live Music Venues?

Chloe Bevan | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Chloe Bevan

Over recent years the likes of Cardiff, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, as well as, London have all since some of their smaller music venues lost to time and the lack of an audience, but why? When the underground rock music scene is healthier than it has ever been, with even more great and unique bands coming up the ranks.

I Don't Care What You Want, Tell Me What You Need

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK
Dr Zoe Norris

Should care for "self-inflicted" alcohol, drug, smoking and obesity problems be funded by the NHS? Should cosmetic surgery in any form be available free of charge? Should the most expensive new cancer drugs be funded, even though they only benefit a tiny handful of the population and cost millions?

No Faith Is Free From Child Abuse Scandals or Cover-Ups

Jonathan Romain | Posted 22.02.2015 | UK
Jonathan Romain

Yes, we have to be aware of abuse and guard against it, but we also have to protect values such as trust and friendship - be vigilant but also maintain a generosity of spirit - and getting that balance right is difficult for civil society, but is especially problematic for faith groups as a religious approach tries to assume the best in people.

A British Muslim Journey From Protest to Engagement

Muddassar Ahmed | Posted 21.02.2015 | UK Politics
Muddassar Ahmed

If we are to prevent radicalization, Muslim disenfranchisement, and a generation of disengaged youth left vulnerable to fundamentalist ideology, we must find a way forward, and engagement and mutual cooperation lie at the heart of the answer.

What it is Like to Be Female and Homeless

Stella Kasdagli | Posted 20.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Stella Kasdagli

"Homelessness has traditionally been seen as a male problem in the UK - and it has been treated as a male issue by policymakers. This work aims to show how widespread and damaging female homelessness has become."

What a Load of Balls

Eugene Smith | Posted 20.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Eugene Smith

After all, the more pertinent issue to consider when deciding who to vote for should be the government's record, and not - as the media sees fit to imply - the aesthetics of the opposition leader's consumption of bacon f***ing sandwiches.

Operation Health for Comic Relief: The Positivity I Experienced in Uganda is Completely Infectious

Yasmin Evans | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK
Yasmin Evans

Before leaving the UK I had an idea of what to expect, but I never could have imagined how much of an impact the people would have on me. The positivity I experienced in Uganda is completely infectious and the individuals that I met had the biggest smiles, the biggest hearts. 

Are Politicians Really All the Same?

Joel Durston | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK Politics
Joel Durston

It's arguable how much difference there is between the two/three main parties, the Conservatives, Labour and, to a lesser extent, the Lib Dems (I think there are fairly significant differences).

Making Everyone Count

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

We must show our children that they matter and that they have inalienable rights. We must show our fellow brothers and sisters that they need not suffer violence in silence. We must show our friends and families that there is dignity in reporting death.

The Support for PSHE Education Behind the #PSHEpledge

Joe Hayman | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK
Joe Hayman

While the support for the campaign is growing, it is important to listen to those who are still concerned. During the Education Committee's inquiry, anxieties were expressed in relation to the subject and its potential impact on parental responsibility and faith communities: these are voices which should be heard and concerns which we should try to address.

Alan Turing Was Posthumously Pardoned - But There Are Thousands of Casualties of That Terrible Law

Matthew Breen | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK
Matthew Breen

Turing was posthumously pardoned and while he was a hero, there are thousands of casualties of that terrible law, thousands of men who are not heroes, but who cannot be overlooked for justice simply for seeking out the relationships to which all people are entitled... With this petition, I'm happy to play a small part in a campaign that can materially improve the lives of men convicted under discriminatory laws. The British government did the right thing by pardoning Turing, and now it's time for another positive step forward.

Without Enough Inspired Nurses There Will Be a Decline in Basic Healthcare Provisions in Uganda

Martha Amoo | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK
Martha Amoo

I was one of the lucky ones. I was born into a supportive family that could afford to give me an education. There are 32 nursing schools in Uganda but tuition fees and lack of opportunities mean many young girls are unable to follow in my footsteps.

Trusting Other People Is the Key to Overcoming Family Estrangement and Isolation

Becca Bland | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Becca Bland

Living with the feeling that your life and existence mean very little to anyone at all can create a dangerous state of mind, only worsened by the idea that the reason for your loneliness is shameful. Those who are estranged are too often reminded of the isolating family myth - that everyone else in society is enjoying a functional and close family experience.

Why the Next UK Big Digital Startup will Probably not Come from London

Damian Kimmelman | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Tech
Damian Kimmelman

The explosive growth of this sector is not confined to giants such as Google and Facebook. It is happening everywhere in companies big and small.

London, The New Romantic Hotspot of the World

Good Hotel Guide | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Good Hotel Guide

London has heaps of history, a bucketload of charm, photo opportunities by the dozen and so much romance to offer that you could echo Samuel Johnson's famous quote: "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life."

Armed Police

Mike Pannett | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK
Mike Pannett

The Times and Telegraph both spookily comment on the 'Americanisation' of our traditional way of policing, and I'm sorry, but that's just plain daft. In perspective there are a mere handful of armed response crews out and about on patrol in the UK, and this bears absolutely no resemblance whatsoever to any US policing model.

Why We Protested Against G4S

Zarah Sultana | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Zarah Sultana

Evidently, G4S has an extensive history of scandals and its disregard for human rights is becoming increasingly transparent. To bring that reality a little closer into the public's view, we decided to briefly "shut s**t down" a busy central London road on Tuesday morning.

Halal Is Not the Problem and CCTV Is Not the Answer

Louise Mead | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK
Louise Mead

It's much easier to feel outraged about animal suffering when it's somebody else's fault and somebody else who needs to change their behaviour. Which is one of the reasons why this story has given renewed vigour to campaigns to remove religious exceptions to stunning and for mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses.