Author Archive for BFTemp

2015′s first-time voters welcome refugees to UK, new poll reveals

First-time voters in the 2015 General Election are standing behind Britain’s commitment to welcoming and protecting refugees, according to new polling carried out by YouGov.

This World Cup, cry God for Harry, St George… and Belgium?

In this migrant-majority World Cup, eleven of the Belgian squad live and work in England. With our own team out of the hunt, has the time come to cheer for Belgium, asks Sunder Katwala.

An open letter to Nick Griffin

At our "funeral for fascism" Edie Friedman, Director of the Jewish Council for Racial Equality, read out an “Open letter to Nick Griffin.” It was both punchy and to the point. Read it here now.

“Funeral for fascism” marks demise of BNP

In last week’s local and European elections, the British public rejected fascism at the ballot box. To celebrate this important event, British Future headed to London’s East End today to host a “funeral for fascism.”

Where does UKIP go from here?

Dr Matthew Goodwin, alongside experts Caitlin Milazzo and Tony Travers, rejoins British Future for our breakfast debriefing on the European elections, and seeks to answer the questions posed by UKIP's victory, writes Henry Hill.

UKIP’s European ‘high water mark’: Farage set for just 5% in 2015

Despite tonight’s victory for UKIP in the European election, Nigel Farage’s party looks set to poll just five per cent of the vote in 2015’s general election unless the party can dramatically improve on its past failures to hold on to European election voters.

Ukippers you can talk to – and those that you can’t

The European elections look likely to be the closest political contest in recent memory and all eyes on Ukip. But what happens afterwards, asks Sunder Katwala.

Lee Rigby’s death should be commemorated with public memorial

The family of Fusilier Lee Rigby should not be denied a memorial if they want one, according to a letter in the Telegraph, from faith groups and civil society organisations, which British Future was pleased to support.

Northern Ireland quietly opens heart to mixed relationships

More couples are bridging the Protestant-Catholic divide than ever before, but many remain unwilling to talk about it, writes Jemimah Steinfeld.

Less racist, but more anxious

Sunder Katwala looks at the sharp decline in racism in British society, and sets out why attempts to label UKIP as a racist party will fail.

UKIP and the Euros

What is UKIP? Why are they doing so well? And what does this mean for British politics? These questions and more were discussed at our briefing event with Dr Matthew Goodwin and Professor Eric Kaufmann, writes Henry Hill.

Why two million first-time voters won’t turn up in May 2015

With a year to go until the 2015 general election, new YouGov research for British Future explores why two million potential first-time voters won’t cast their vote next May, writes Steve Ballinger.

What have the Poles ever done for us? Quite a lot, say most Britons

This week marks 10 years since Polish people gained the right to work in the UK. While the government’s failure to predict how many would come here is still a political hot potato, this has not translated into anti-Polish sentiment among the British public, writes Steve Ballinger.

Why UKIP’s recent triumphs don’t guarantee 2015 election success

UKIP has now got its nose out in front for the first time in the opinion polls. The big questions are what will this mean for the 2015 General Election and for David Cameron’s Conservatives, asks Sunder Katwala.

‘Drinks on St George!’ – Can tax-free beer bring English together?

More can still be done to make St George's Day a truly national event that brings everyone together to celebrate, writes Steve Ballinger.

New ethnic minority voters will take higher price from Tories in 2015

British Future research suggests Britain’s increased diversity could cost the David Cameron the 2015 election unless his party increases its appeal to minority voters, writes Steve Ballinger.

Voice of a Generation: The final three

The hunt for our 'Voice of a Generation' is almost over. Hundreds of entrants have been whittled down to three finalists: meet Chanté Joseph, Helen Whitehouse and Kieran Etoria-King as they visit the Daily Mirror offices for the final round.

Marathon brings out best of London

Last Sunday I ran the London Marathon to raise money for Shelter. I increasingly loved training for it and enjoyed aspects of running the marathon itself, but it was the atmosphere in London on the day that really made the experience, writes Helena Stroud.

Is Nigel Farage hurting the Eurosceptic cause?

As Farage makes the political weather, he worries pro-Europeans and cheers up those who would like Britain to get out of the EU. But should that be the other way around, asks Sunder Katwala.

New report: The rise and rise of the outsider election

The 2014 European elections may take place across a continent, but the big question in British politics will be what the UK result means for 2015, writes Sunder Katwala.