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How young voters could transform this country’s politics

Engaging young people in the political system could have ramifications which are exciting, unexpected – and urgent, argues Henry Hill.

Rest of UK can learn from Northern Ireland WW1 commemoration

As we enter the period of 1914-18 centenaries, Northern Ireland offers some pointers as to how to tackle some of the more difficult issues the rest of the UK will face, such as the nature of the war and how it should be commemorated, writes Richard Grayson.

Public “sensible” on immigration PM tells British Future

Public attitudes on immigration are "sensible and well-informed” and the government needs to prove it takes them seriously, said Prime Minister David Cameron in response to a question posed by British Future’s Matthew Rhodes about the impact of immigration policy on the UK economic recovery.

VIDEO: Stephen Goss, Northern Ireland

"I'm somewhat unusual in that I come from a Catholic nationalist background, but I'm British and very much a Unionist," says Stephen Goss from Belfast.

Who speaks for young people in Britain today?

Turnout among young voters is at a record low. At a time when they have never been less engaged in the political process, the question is: who speaks for young people in Britain today?

VIDEO: Henry Hill, Britain and Ireland

Henry Hill from Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire has a British father and an Irish mother, and describes himself as both British and Anglo-Irish, if pushed.

People divided on prospects for 2014, “Britain’s Year of Identity”

People are three times more optimistic about the economy in 2014 than they have been for the past two years, according to new research released today by Ipsos MORI for British Future.

State of the Union – Scottish poll results

Polling conducted by Ipsos MORI for British Future’s annual State of the Nation survey reveals a year of divergent priorities for the home nations but an underlying confidence in the Union, writes Henry Hill.

Pragmatic public wants immigration mended, not ended

It shouldn’t come as surprise that people’s anxieties about immigration aren’t eliminated by being told it’s good for the economy, argues Sunder Katwala.

REPORT: EU migration from Romania and Bulgaria

On 1st January 2014, Britain opens its borders to Romania and Bulgaria. It is a moment being greeted not with fanfares of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, but with the more reluctant mantra ‘we have no choice’, with a heated public debate polarising around two viewpoints.

From Chanukkah honey to Santa baby: a jolly Jewish Christmas

I have been on a campaign for Christmas. It started many years ago, when I was at primary school. The school was located in West London and Jewish students were few and far between. I quickly realized there was something different about my family and myself. Namely when December rolled around, we would celebrate Chanukkah while everyone else would enjoy Christmas, writes Jemimah Steinfeld.

Foreign flavours, British farms: the future for UK agribusiness?

Plenty of our favourite “foreign” foods are now being produced in the UK, showing that not only are globalisation and immigration changing our palates, they’re changing our catering industry too, writes Jemimah Steinfeld.

REVIEW: Four Four Jew puts the matzah ball into football

I have two great loves in life: my mother’s chicken soup, aka Jewish penicillin, and football – more specifically my team, Queens Park Rangers. The exhibition Four Four Jew allows me to unite these two passions, which wasn't easy until now, writes Jonty Steinfeld.

Why national identity matters

2014 will be the Year of Identity, argues Sunder Katwala, director of British Future, in his Ralph Miliband memorial lecture at the London School of Economics. Addressing the theme ‘Is there a progressive case for national identity?’, Katwala looked at how identity will help to shape key choices about the future of the United Kingdom, Britain’s place in Europe, identity and immigration. Below is the full text of his lecture.

REVIEW: Sunshine on Leith captures energy, optimism of Scotland

News that The Proclaimers discography had been mined as the inspiration for a jukebox musical left me with mixed feelings. Could the movie adaptation called Sunshine on Leith, which the BBC has been calling ‘McMamma Mia’, ever be anything more than cringeworthy, asks Duncan Stewart Muir.

VIDEO: England and the north

Englishness is on the rise. On Wednesday 20th November a wide range of people came together to debate this question in Manchester as part of the Festival of Englishness, co-hosted by British Future, IPPR and the Social Action and Research Foundation. Listen to what various speakers at the event had to say.

A million British Muslims reject extremists on poppy wearing

One million British Muslims support wearing a poppy to mark Remembrance Day, showing just how marginal the views of “anti-poppy” extremists like Anjem Choudary are, writes Steve Ballinger.

Appetite to discuss Englishness alive and well in north-east

The Discovery Museum in central Newcastle was full with over 100 engaged local people who had travelled from Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesbrough on a cold night to debate what – if anything – it means to be English in the 21st Century north-east, writes Matthew Rhodes.

Play on Rugby League examines conflicted northern identity

Anthony Clavane’s most recent play - Playing the Joker - which performed at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, once again addresses the themes of identity and belonging, northerness and class, framed within the context of the game of Rugby League, writes Matthew Rhodes.

Yorkshire identity forged on the rugby field?

The issue of northern identity has resurfaced recently. Since the deindustrialisation of the 1980s – and with social mobility reversing at a disturbing rate over the last 30 years – the gap between north and south has grown bigger. With London’s rise as a political and cultural superpower, what are the chances today of another Eddie Waring breaking through and rising to the top, asks Anthony Clavane.