Three Weeks Since Brexit... From a Distance

Jonny Freeman | Posted 14.07.2017 | UK Politics
Jonny Freeman

Yes, bad things have happened, we might not agree with a lot of decisions that have been made - but we must not forget the real change, solidarity, strength and courage that's also been seen in events in recent history. This current phase in politics is also a time for positivity and boldness, not just scepticism.

#RefugeesWelcome in Birmingham

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 06.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

The 20th-26th June marked Refugee Week. Many events took place over the course of the week to celebrate refugees in Birmingham, such as the Celebratin...

Maternal Hoo-ha

Katherine Press | Posted 12.07.2017 | UK Politics
Katherine Press

Every time a female politician begins a statement with "as a mother" I tend to switch off. It's a patronising and lazy way to give yourself authority on a subject. "As a mother" doesn't mean anything other than you may know your own offspring quite well...

What Have the Immigrants Ever Done for Us

Njambi McGrath | Posted 11.07.2017 | UK Comedy
Njambi McGrath

So other than avocadoes, hummus, kebabs, bus drivers, nurses, doctors, traffic wardens, cleaners, childcare, football, Eurovision, taxi drivers, scam emails, Bollywood, paving, yoga, tennis, rhythm, KFC, McDonalds, back stabbing knives, less racism, carnival, clean toilets, curry, money, telemarketers, what have the immigrants ever done for us? Nothing.

Those Questions You Always Wanted to Ask a Trans Person

Owl | Posted 11.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Ask yourselves whether you would be comfortable answering such questions. I also urge you to take it further than just ask questions - be curious, care about these issues and see how you can help. Educate yourselves and help educate others. Because we need allies in this fight and you might just be that ally if you care enough.

Tony Blair Cannot Carry the Blame for Iraq Alone

Justin Huggler | Posted 09.07.2017 | UK Politics
Justin Huggler

But if we allow Blair to carry the blame for the disaster of Iraq alone we are deceiving ourselves. He was aided and abetted every step of the way by the Labour Party and the Conservatives, by the overwhelming majority of the British press, by vast sections of public opinion, both on the patriotic right and the worthy left -- in short, by the entire British Establishment.

Neo-Nazi Stickers Distress Cardiff Residents

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

I, personally, am the descendant of Jewish Polish immigrants who escaped the Nazis in the Second World War. To see Neo-Nazi propaganda in my hometown of Cardiff is devastating.

Keep Calm and Carry On - Now More Than Ever

Danny Lopez | Posted 06.07.2017 | UK Politics
Danny Lopez

Five years ago, almost to the day, I arrived in the great city of New York to take up my post as British Consul General. Very shortly I return to a country that's voted to leave the European Union, something few in the mainstream would have even imagined in 2011. Most of the headlines in the last week have been fire and brimstone, but here, far from the madding crowd, I see a picture distinctly less bleak.

How An Unapologetic Boris Johnson Made You Lose Your Seat At The Restaurant

J.N. Paquet | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Politics
J.N. Paquet

For months, Boris Johnson has loudly warned you about your best friends. Boris has told you that your best friends of over 40 years (and neighbours) ...

Twelve Busy Months in the Life of Mosaic

Jonathan Freeman | Posted 06.07.2017 | UK
Jonathan Freeman

It's a time of change for the UK and for Mosaic as we settle into our new home. However, there's one thing I am certain about: the next twelve months are going to be our most successful yet!

A Serpent's Egg Redux: Labour and the Disconnect with the Working Class

Julian Vigo | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Politics
Julian Vigo

For much of the past ten days I have been engaged in a series of online and real-life discussions with complete strangers, friends, friends of FaceB...

Post Referendum

Clive Norman | Posted 29.06.2017 | UK Politics
Clive Norman

I watched an emergency session of the EU parliament today. 28/6/2016 The thing that struck me was the nastiness and bile that was directed towards ou...

The Story of How I Got My Vagina

Owl | Posted 02.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

As expected after big surgeries, there are a lot of bandages. My bandages were more in the form of some weird-ass celibacy plaster cast that I could literally knock on. Eventually they had to come off though, which was as horrifying as you might imagine. When they took them off I also realized that they had been SEWN to me in two places.

Brexit, Education and Indonesia

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 30.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

This euphoria should be captured immediately because, if it is not, UK universities will suffer greater losses.

You Reap What You Sow: Why Remain's Leaders Lost the Referendum

Andy Smith | Posted 30.06.2017 | UK Politics
Andy Smith

One reason why a majority of British voters have just chosen 'Brexit' is the populist campaign successfully mounted by leaders of the 'out' camp. Howe...

How the Youth Are Responsible for Brexit

Ryan Ellis | Posted 30.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Ryan Ellis

If there is one positive outcome of the United Kingdom withdrawing its membership of the European Union, I only hope it is to teach us youngsters a lesson. For the country that we desire, my generation will finally have to show up and fight.

Why Millennials Voted Remain in the EU Referendum

Beth Burks | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Beth Burks

Children are the greatest learners. Hopefully we will learn from our own history - the generations coming behind us will be more connected, more global and different in ways we can only imagine. However, it is clear to say that a lot of us feel let down by Thursday's decision.

Leaving the EU - What Now for the Younger Generation?

Johnny Luk | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Johnny Luk

As times go by, it will be up to us to become more prominent, not just through protest, but through engagement in politics, to shun the pressure of a 'post-truth era' and who knows - in the future, we might well re-join, or forge another club - led by us.

A EUlogy: Parting Words as Britain Votes to Leave

Harvey Wilks | Posted 29.06.2017 | UK Politics
Harvey Wilks

You know those mornings where you wake up so hungover that, in the space between lifting your head off the pillow and clambering upright, it's totally necessary to spend three to ten minutes perched on the side of the bed, shoulders limp and frowning at the skirting boards? I'm pretty sure that's what a lot of us felt at dawn on Friday.

Brexit... Or Maybe Not Quite!

J.N. Paquet | Posted 26.06.2017 | UK Politics
J.N. Paquet

"... at twenty minutes to five, we can now say that the decision taken in 1975 by this country to join the common market has been reversed by this ref...

How to Make Lemonade From a Leave Lemon

Valdemar Alsop | Posted 27.06.2017 | UK Politics
Valdemar Alsop

Yes, the EU's officials might refuse to negotiate, but that remains to be seen. It's the member states who are in charge within the EU. We're still a member of the EU until we choose to walk away. It's time to hustle. Who dares, wins.

England, What Have You Done?

Marie Maurer | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Politics
Marie Maurer

I didn't take this seriously enough. I didn't think for a moment, we would leave. And we haven't left, yet. But more than half of us want to. I wa...

Keep Quiet and Carry On: The EU

Chris R Wright | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Politics
Chris R Wright

You are not wrong for holding a legitimately cultivated opinion, and you are not bad for saying so, or changing your mind. But together we must stop allowing a fear of offense to legitimise folly. As long as ignorance is bliss, the opposite is also true.

I Voted Leave, I'm Scared, And I Don't Know What Brexit Looks Like - But At Least We're Going in the Right Direction

Georgina Edwards | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Georgina Edwards

I'm not going to claim we're out of the woods yet; there's a long way to go till the fruits of independence are laid bare. For starters, we're certainly not going to be spending that phantom £350million anytime soon (if it even proves to exist). But seeing people write off a historic opportunity on the basis of one day's events is absolutely crackers.

Brexit Is an Ugly Wake-up Call - But Bremainers Can't Lose Their Passion Now

Elizabeth Sharma | Posted 27.06.2017 | UK Politics
Elizabeth Sharma

Yes, we lost, by a ludicrously slim margin, but our only (likely) choice is to move forward. Perhaps we needed to experience the gut-punch of having something we believe in and rely so heavily taken away from us, to understand how those in the forgotten corners of our country felt when they voted us out.