Author Archive for Sunder Katwala

One year on, a fragile but democratic Union

The history books faithfully record that Scots chose to remain in the United Kingdom, by 2 million votes to 1.6 million. But the question who really won and lost during the independence referendum of 2014 now seems more complicated than that.

Why shrinking Commons will delay diversity

Shrinking the next intake of new MPs will put the brakes on progress towards ethnic and gender diversity

The final Farage paradox: is it the pro-Europeans who will miss him?

Nigel Farage has resigned as UKIP leader. Perhaps the pro-Europeans should be worrying about losing an unusual asset, argues Sunder Katwala.

Why this election feels different in Scotland

Scotland's No vote last September has not diminished a new sense of the possibility of democratic change, writes Chris Creegan.

Public wants immigration promises that can be kept

As the politicians take their case to the country, the public would prefer realistic targets to a repeat of promises which proved impossible to achieve

Parties need joint ‘British position’ to reform EU free movement

David Cameron has set out his reform agenda on EU free movement. Securing support for reform across the European Union will require the British parties to work together.

Let the poppies return to the Tower in 2018

Would it not be enormously popular and poignant to see this fantastic installation recreated once again in 2018, in the run up to the centenary of the 1918 armistice itself?

Common sense and ‘fair play’ in British values

Could we teach British values in schools if nobody seems quite sure about what they are? It is important that we can find agreement on the foundations of our common citizenship, argues Sunder Katwala.

Centenary will offer us all a chance to learn forgotten histories

It is perhaps because most of us know less than we would like about the First World War that there is much public appetite to engage with the centenary. The armies of a century ago more closely reflect the Britain of 2014 rather more than that of 1914 in their multi-ethnic and multi-faith make-up

Britons prefer solemn centenary to marking Great War victory

The British public strongly prefer a solemn remembrance of the lives lost in the first world war to a centenary commemoration which places a central emphasis on Britain's victory of the war, according to new Ipsos MORI polling for British Future.

Romanians and Bulgarians who contribute will be welcomed by most Brits

More than two-thirds of Britons say that Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants who work hard, pay taxes and fit in to the community should be welcomed to the UK.

English and Scots differ over Europe, says Redwood

English identity has become a much more inclusive and welcoming identity, but different attitudes towards Europe now form one of the major differences between English and Scottish nationalism, said Conservative MP John Redwood at today's Englishness festival.

Conservative conference fringe: how to win in a changing Britain?

The Conservative Party will never win their first majority in a quarter-century unless they attract new support. This will have to come from new voters whom they traditionally haven’t thought were with them or like them. This challenge, of reaching and winning the support of such voters – in the north, in cities, among young people and ethnic minorities – was discussed at the “Future majority: how can the Tories win in a changing Britain?” event at the Conservative Party Conference, writes Steve Ballinger.

Minority vote is a prize worth fighting for

New research published by British Future and ConservativeHome projects that David Cameron could have secured an additional 500,000 votes and formed a majority government in 2010 if he had appealed to ethnic minority voters. Steve Ballinger offers analysis.

Labour conference fringe: the challenge of populism

Another packed fringe event saw shadow justice minister Sadiq Khan MP, former Lib Dem MP Dr Evan Harris, Zoe Williams from the Guardian and David Lammy MP tackle the question What's the answer to populism?, chaired by British Future's Sunder Katwala, writes Steve Ballinger.

Victory for VCs as commemoration scheme amended

Local campaigners across the country won a small but important victory last week, as the government agreed to amend a flawed first world war commemoration scheme, writes Steve Ballinger .

Question and debate the veil, don’t rush to ban it

As a practising Muslim I don’t believe that covering a woman’s face is something that Islam requires of her. I also don’t believe it’s fair to say that people who find the face veil threatening or intimidating are simply being racist or Islamophobic I don’t even believe that covering the face is particularly conducive to the country we live in. But then neither is the idea of banning it! writes Rabiha Hannan

Populism: have the politicians got the message?

The populist challenge comes in response to a political elite that is seen as out of touch and refuses to do what common sense demands. It is an argument about "them and us". And it demands a response which neither changes nor concedes the argument. That was the message of the 'Populism: have the politicians got the message?’ fringe meeting at the Liberal Democrat conference earlier this week, writes Steve Ballinger

Windrush Day ‘an opportunity to give thanks’

In a letter to The Times, nearly 100 individuals and organisations have called Windrush Day an opportunity to give thanks for the positive contribution to Britain of modern immigrations and integration. Signatories include politicians from each of the main parties and both Houses of Parliament, faith groups, academics, business leaders, trade unions and cultural figures such as authors Zadie Smith and Malorie Blackman.

Why Windrush Day matters

The MV Empire Windrush started its life as a vehicle for the Nazi Party and ended its life under the control of the Allied forces, transporting 493 passengers from Jamaica to the UK, thus transforming it into a symbol of multiculturalism and tolerance. Patrick Vernon OBE, founder of 100 Great Black Britons, was the first to call for a national celebration of Windrush Day. Here Vernon explains why it matters.