Author Archive for Sunder Katwala

2018: the British Future year

With issues of identity, immigration and integration never far from the headlines, these were some of British Future's main contributions to the public debate.

Its time for banknotes to reflect Britain’s ethnic diversity


The ethnic diversity of modern Britain should be reflected by the Bank of England including an historic figure from a black and minority ethnic background in its choices for the face of our next new banknote, a new campaign has urged, backed by over 200 public figures in a letter to the Sunday Times.

Transition means transition – but what happens next?

Britain will seek a transition deal after Brexit, as Prime Minister Theresa May has set out. But the real debate will be about the long-term destination.

Brexit committee backs guarantee now to Europeans in Britain – and reforms to make system ‘fit for purpose’

Influential Commons committee calls on the government to end the anxiety for Europeans in Britain - and to adopt the reform proposals made by a British Future inquiry.

2016: the British Future year

2016 was a year of political upheaval in which issues of identity, immigration and integration were never far from the headlines.

May’s repeal act will ensure that Parliament does vote on Brexit

Those who have insisted that parliament must vote on Brexit have won the argument about process - but may not get the outcome that they hoped for.

Somme centenary unites a divided Britain

Sunder Katwala on how Britain will set aside political divisions and come together to mark the Somme centenary

Brexit not Wexit: the Welsh Euros adventure goes on

Wales voted narrowly for Brexit, but the country is united on another European adventure, writes Ashok Ahir.

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.