National Conversations

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England should get what England wants – it’s time to find out what that is

Any party that keeps wondering whether the ‘English question’ really needs to be asked will find itself shut out of the conversation, writes Sunder Katwala. Instead they should make it clear that they want to find an answer.

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British Muslims unite to condemn ISIS as “Un-Islamic State”

Muslim leaders in the UK have come together to urge Prime Minister David Cameron to help de-legitimise the extremist...

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Cross-party support for international students

Politicians across the political spectrum voiced support for the new joint report by British Future and Universities UK, ‘International...

The Melting Pot Generation

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...

Van Persie, who plays for Manchester United, has scored three goals so far for his national team of Holland. Photo: Ronnie Macdonald via flickr

Migrant footballers score 80% of goals at the World Cup

England might not have made it past the group stages, but players based in England have nevertheless scored one...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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....

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First world war bookshelf

The general reader can choose from thousands of books published on the war, in our publication Do Mention The...

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Birth of a changing nation

There could well be at least 10 babies born today at St Mary's Hospital in London, of which one...

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Child of the NHS

I am a child of the NHS, which celebrates its 65th birthday this week. I took my first breath...

London's Chinatown during Chinese New Year, 2009. Photo: chrisjohnbeckett

In UK, Chinese whispers need to become shouts

With the recent staging of Yellow Face at London's Park Theatre this summer, a spotlight was cast on the...

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After Woolwich: how the media got it wrong and how the public can get it right

Too many titles handed the killers in Woolwich the megaphone they craved. Those who quietly reject the offer of...

A British Future workshop and debate in Eltham

1993 to 2013: How has Britain changed since Stephen was killed?

Britain is a fairer and less racist country than it was when Stephen Lawrence was murdered 20 years ago....

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20 Years On: Why anniversary of Stephen’s death is moment to consider modern Britain

20 years on, we can now see that Stephen Lawrence's death has come to play an important symbolic role,...

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Where are the ‘78% British’ headlines about London?

The inclusive pride so many Londoners felt in its confident claim to be one of the world's great global...

Great Ormond Street Hospital, London. Photo: tompagenet

Commitment to NHS founding principles remains high in UK

The NHS beat both the monarchy and the Olympics to take gold in the patriotism stakes, as Ipsos-Mori's polling...

Military personnel at the Olympic Stadium in July, 2012. Photo: openDemocracy.

Visible armed forces are source of pride for young Brits

The popularity of the armed forces as an icon of British pride among young people shows the value of...

Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, visiting Birmingham as part of their Diamond Jubilee Tour. Photo: West Midlands Police

Even JK Rowling wouldn’t have made it a more magical year for the royals

The bigger picture suggests the Monarchy ended 2012 more secure than ever. Even when things went wrong, as the...