Tag Archive for identity

The battlefield summit: Cameron at Ypres

Twenty-seven European leaders will observe Thursday 26th June the Last Post at Ypres before getting down to business as they haggle over the priorities and personnel for the European Union, writes Sunder Katwala.

The World Cup: a tournament of nations and migrants

This migrant-majority World Cup tells a story of skilled emigration, writes Sunder Katwala.

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.

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.

The Jewish refugees who fought for Britain during WWII

Thomas Harding’s book, Hanns and Rudolf, is a gripping second world war story, as well as an interesting peak into Jewish immigrant life in the UK, writes Jemimah Steinfeld.

Clegg-Farage debate shows limits of using facts over stories

If Nick Clegg takes one lesson from the first debate against Nigel Farage into the BBC second leg next week, it should be to spend less time on "what the real facts show" and more time on anecdotes to illustrate his arguments, argues Sunder Katwala.

Amis’s view that English equals white is out of date

Martin Amis’s recent claim that white skin is still a key attribute of being English is at odds with public sentiment, especially views held by the young, writes Jemimah Steinfeld.

Public more confident that we can talk about immigration – new findings

The public are growing in confidence that we can and do talk about immigration, writes Sunder Katwala.

Britain great place for business, say migrant entrepreneurs

The United Kingdom is a great place to do business, and attracts enterprising people from all over the world, writes Henry Hill.

VIDEO: Stephen Goss, Northern Ireland

"I'm somewhat unusual in that I come from a Catholic nationalist background, but I'm British and very much a Unionist," says Stephen Goss from Belfast.

People divided on prospects for 2014, “Britain’s Year of Identity”

People are three times more optimistic about the economy in 2014 than they have been for the past two years, according to new research released today by Ipsos MORI for British Future.

From Chanukkah honey to Santa baby: a jolly Jewish Christmas

I have been on a campaign for Christmas. It started many years ago, when I was at primary school. The school was located in West London and Jewish students were few and far between. I quickly realized there was something different about my family and myself. Namely when December rolled around, we would celebrate Chanukkah while everyone else would enjoy Christmas, writes Jemimah Steinfeld.

VIDEO: England and the north

Englishness is on the rise. On Wednesday 20th November a wide range of people came together to debate this question in Manchester as part of the Festival of Englishness, co-hosted by British Future, IPPR and the Social Action and Research Foundation. Listen to what various speakers at the event had to say.

Play on Rugby League examines conflicted northern identity

Anthony Clavane’s most recent play - Playing the Joker - which performed at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, once again addresses the themes of identity and belonging, northerness and class, framed within the context of the game of Rugby League, writes Matthew Rhodes.

Yorkshire identity forged on the rugby field?

The issue of northern identity has resurfaced recently. Since the deindustrialisation of the 1980s – and with social mobility reversing at a disturbing rate over the last 30 years – the gap between north and south has grown bigger. With London’s rise as a political and cultural superpower, what are the chances today of another Eddie Waring breaking through and rising to the top, asks Anthony Clavane.

Tapestry of Britain’s smallest city shows inclusive Welsh identity

One artist’s plan to paint every inhabitant of St Davids, Britain’s smallest city, will act as a valuable social history of an integrated Welsh community. Grahame Hurd-Wood, 55, has already spent 14 years producing pictures of people in the city, ranging from councillors and bishops to children and students, and plans to spend the next few years painting the remainder, writes Jemimah Steinfeld.

Will Englishness have a political dimension?

Last week British Future director Sunder Katwala wrote an article in the Guardian arguing that people should not feel uncomfortable about celebrating their Englishness, in response to David Edgar's piece about the Festival of Englishness making him feel "queasy". In this guest blog Eddie Bone, campaign director for the campaign for an English parliament, challenges Katwala's article and offers his own argument on the future of Englishness.

Liberals should not be uneasy about Englishness

The most surprising aspect of David Edgar's engaged but sceptical take on the Festival of Englishness hosted by British Future and IPPR is his fear that anxious public debates about immigration may reinforce "the idea that deep down, there still ain't no black in the union jack," writes Sunder Katwala.

English identity – British Future poll findings

As part of the Festival of Englishness co-hosted with IPPR, British Future commissioned ICM to conduct polling about English identity to decipher how people feel about the England flag and other hallmarks of English identity. The headline figures make for interesting reading.

What’s the future for England?

The final panel at our Festival of Englishness with IPPR looked to England’s future and concluded with a positive vision for the nation, writes Steve Ballinger.