Ben Johns

Student from Sunny Scunny, Residing in Birmingham

Ben has always had an interest in journalism from a young age ever since he made his 'debut' on BBC's 'Newsround' as a presspacker nearly 10 years ago. He is now studying English and History at the University of Birmingham.
How Do We Engage The Politically

How Do We Engage The Politically Disengaged?

We need to encourage everyone to vote. Although compulsory voting would take away people's right to choose, it is worth remembering that even today people are still fighting to have their voices heard. To those that have yet to register, you have a voice; don't miss your chance to use it!
04/05/2017 13:20 BST
It Is 2017, Let's Finally Put Blackface To

It Is 2017, Let's Finally Put Blackface To Bed

Obviously, people of colour provide such inspiration that it might seem irresistible to engage with this through a fancy-dress costume, but maybe think again. Go as Ginger Spice instead of a Geisha, Ali G rather than Jay Z and if you are after something more nostalgic, Andy Pandy as an alternative to a golliwog. Just please, for your own sake, don't bring out the face paint.
06/02/2017 13:13 GMT
#OscarsSoWhite and So Are The

#OscarsSoWhite and So Are The BRITs

There's a plethora of non-white talent in the UK that hasn't been viewed by the BRITs let alone the general public. If the awards focused on record quality, rather than record sales then acts like Boy Better Know, FKA Twigs and Kwabs would have received a gong by now.
26/02/2016 13:00 GMT
The Dover Protests Only Scrape the Surface of the Lack of Empathy Towards

The Dover Protests Only Scrape the Surface of the Lack of Empathy Towards Refugees

Refugees are and should be welcome in the UK and other EU countries. They deserve better than this frankly appalling treatment. They're not trying to 'scrounge' from us. They're not just a 'bunch of migrants', like David Cameron said last week. They're people. It's time that they're given the help that they so desperately need.
02/02/2016 17:13 GMT
Sugar Ain't Sweet Jeremy

Sugar Ain't Sweet Jeremy Hunt

Sugar is and will always be a treat, just like a glass of wine or the occasional cigarette but when there are equally bad effects on the health then surely its time that we call a cut on the amount that we consume. It may taste sweet initially, but the long term effects which aren't being showed to us should make you feel bitter.
23/10/2015 09:46 BST
Britain's Steel Industry Needs Our

Britain's Steel Industry Needs Our Support

The Scunthorpe Steel Works have provided jobs and income to families in the town for over 150 years. The announcement of 2,200 job losses and the closure of the Redcar plant started speculation in Scunthorpe. The news today that over 900 jobs would be cut confirmed the town's worst fears. The possibility of the closure of the Scunthorpe Steel Works is becoming a reality. As a Scunthorpe resident, I'm worried about the future. What will happen to my town?
21/10/2015 13:11 BST
Kim Cattrall Makes a Good Point - You're Not 'Less' If You're

Kim Cattrall Makes a Good Point - You're Not 'Less' If You're Happy

I know that I won't be less of a person if I don't have children. But for women, the societal time limits which are in place for women are restrictive and not necessary. Its 2015, are we still valuing other people's happiness on if they are married or have children?
16/09/2015 14:06 BST
Amanda Holden, Don't Listen to the 'Daily Mail' - You Looked

Amanda Holden, Don't Listen to the 'Daily Mail' - You Looked Hot!

Don't listen to the Daily Mail and those 59 people who complained to OFCOM about your 'revealing' dresses. I and many others thought you looked hot. You were showing other women your age that it's fine to show some cleavage and that age should never be a barrier when it comes to fashion or anything else for that matter.
01/06/2015 13:02 BST
Why Under 18s Need The Right To

Why Under 18s Need The Right To Vote

I would advise Dave, Ed, Nick and co to listen to Liv and give us under 18's the right to vote. If the voting age isn't reduced to 16 then perhaps an official way to gauge the opinions of under 18's would be a good idea. At least then it would allow us to have our views recognised.
05/05/2015 13:54 BST