Tag Archive for Britain

VIDEO: How can we create more opportunities for Eltham youth?

"I actually desperately wish that central government had a better understanding of the need for, at a local level, for there to be better provisions for young people out of school, said one speaker at our recent debate in Eltham.

More vocational skills vital for our kids’ future say Eltham residents

Limited opportunities for young people, based on a disconnect between education and employment, was of much greater priority than concerns around race relations for attendees at the Stephen Lawrence: 20 Years On event in Eltham, writes Richard Miranda.

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, Sunder Katwala writes.

The case of the peer, his antisemitic comments and how not to do diversity in politics

Lord Ahmed's comments blaming his imprisonment for dangerous driving on a Jewish conspiracy are absurd and extreme, says Sunder Katwala.

Bradford’s cup run must stimulate more city pride

"Bradford needs more than just one cup final. It needs more winners. People are desperate; people want change.” These words, articulated by one member of the audience at British Future’s Beyond Wembley: What can bring Bradford together? event, struck a chord with many.

London Fashion Week models British innovation

Trendsetters from around the globe descended on Britain’s capital at the end of last week for the bi-annual London Fashion Week, which saw a blend of long-established designers showcasing their latest sartorial output next to lesser-known up-and-coming talent. But London Fashion Week symbolises far more than perfect pouts and seams sashaying down the runway. As representative of the British fashion industry on the whole, it was and is incredibly important to the country, writes Jemimah Steinfeld.

REVIEW: Traders: The East India Company & Asia

An exhibition at the National Maritime Museum on the East India Company is just as much about our past as it is our present, and just as much about Britain as about Asia. After all, things that we regard as quintessentially British were not always, like the curry and the cup of tea, writes Jemimah Steinfeld.

We ask why young people see military as top source of pride

2012 was a year where British pride was at an all time high. The London Olympics, Team GB and the announcement of the royal baby gave us all a renewed sense of pride, but behind these celebrations, the Armed Forces were always visible. Sarah Cottam of Loughborough University talked to a group of young people to find out how they felt about the Armed Forces after 2012.

Kohli: Why independence won’t stop Scots feeling British

Scottish writer Hardeep Singh Kohli tells why he thinks independence wouldn't stop Scots feeling British, and how the bigger question is how England would cope with the split. Here's a preview.

A new patriotism or running from the Empire? Britain in 2012

Where have the events of 2012 left British patriotism? British Future and thinktank Bright Blue held an event talking about whether the Olympics, Paralympics and the Jubilee have left us with a strong new sense of national pride, or whether the hype of 2012 was just that, and we're still just a country unable to deal with its history.

“Lack of knowledge of Indian soldiers in WWI must change”

Britain must learn more about Indian soldiers in WWI British army, argues Shiraz Maher.

What Bond’s Skyfall tells us about Britain: A review

With a strong theme of old versus new, the latest James Bond epic, which premiers tonight, tells an interesting story about Britain today, writes Georgia Hussey.

PM: Great War centenary should be “truly national moment”

Prime Minister David Cameron said that commemorating “the Great War” was a “personal priority” for him and he wanted the centenary to be “a truly national moment in every community in our land”, in a speech at the Imperial War Museum, says Matthew Rhodes.

Times letter calls for “special” Remembrance Day in 2014

In a letter to The Times newspaper, co-ordinated by British Future, parliamentarians, writers and senior military figures come together to support a call to make Remembrance Sunday 2014 a special Sunday.

Is Britain still great asks panel in British Empire debate

The loaded imperialistic connotations of the ‘Great’ in Great Britain need to be shed if our country is to earn its prefix, agreed the panel at the Times Debate at Cheltenham Literature Festival yesterday.

“Centenary of Great War could bring us all together”

The centenary of the Great War in 2014 could provide the next major national moment to bring people together - and to ensure that we know the shared history of modern Britain, British Future director Sunder Katwala will tell a fringe meeting at Conservative Party conference.

Immigration debate at the Lib Dem conference

Ward: “No excuse for weak controls on illegal immigration”

“There is no excuse for weak controls on illegal immigration,” said David Ward MP at a fringe at Liberal Democrat conference, adding this was an issue on which he said his party could tend to be a bit “wishy-washy liberal”.

Immigration debate at the Lib Dem conference

Hughes: “Immigration cap number was not shared commitment”

Separating out student immigration from net migration figures would be entirely compatible with what the two parties of government signed up to in the Coalition Agreement, Liberal Democrat deputy leader Simon Hughes told a British Future and CentreForum fringe meeting at his party’s conference in Brighton.

Report shows public want legacy of 2012, not just feelgood moment

British Future's latest publication TeamGB report: How 2012 Should Boost Britain shows that most people want the spirit of 2012 to last - and asks what we can do to bring about a positive change.

British identity and the Olympic Ceremony

Have the Olympics ushered in a new, positive Britain?

Britain is beaming following the Olympics, with 58% agreeing that the Olympics will leave a long-lasting positive impact on British society. What needs to be done to make sure this happens?